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  1. Becky Thompson and Sara Abou Rashed Reading – March 4th
  2. Moriel Rothman-Zecher Reading – March 5th
  3. Karen Harper in Conversation with Janet Beard – March 5th
  4. Diane Les Becquets Reading – March 5th
  5. OSU Student/Faculty Reading – March 5th
  6. Ross Gay in Conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib – March 6th
  7. Overview of Short Fiction Contests – March 7th
  8. Mini Li Reading – March 7th
  9. Local Authors at the Loft – March 10th
  10. Paula McLain Reading – March 10th
  11. Sayed Kashua Reading – March 10th
  12. The Poetry Forum – continues March 11th
  13. Jay Coles Reading (Cover to Cover) – March 12th
  14. Emily Chenowith Reading – March 12th
  15. Salvatore Scibona in Conversation with Kassie Rose – March 12th
  16. Jay Coles Reading (Two Dollar Radio HQ) – March 12th
  17. Salvatore Scibona Reading – March 12th
  18. Amber Tamblyn Special Event – March 12th
  19. Dan Stout Book Launch for Titanshade – March 12th
  20. Writing from the Body’s Desire – March 13th & 27th
  21. Mahogany l. Brown Reading – March 13th
  22. COFW: Brainstorming & Plotting – March 16th
  23. Peripatetic Poets – March 17th
  24. Creative Writing for Seniors – March 18th
  25. Make Your Editor Proud with Trudy Brandenburg – March 18th
  26. Mindy McGinnis Reading – March 19th
  27. V.E. Schwab Reading – March 20th
  28. Jasmine Dream Wagner, Jenn Marie Nunes, and Mike Young Reading – March 20th
  29. Poetry + Music: ‘Orbits’ – March 21st
  30. Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma Reading – March 23rd
  31. Conrade C. Hinds Reading – March 24th
  32. Ruby Namdar Reading – March 26th
  33. Sarah Weinman Reading – March 27th
  34. Sandy Feen and Rikki Santer Reading – March 27th
  35. Paloma Martinez-Cruz Reading – March 28th
  36. Brian Noyes Reading – March 29th
  37. Write Now! Writer’s Workshop – March 30th
  38. Buckeye Crime Writers presents Katharine Weber – March 30th
  39. Michael J. Rosen Reading – March 31st
  40. David Baker Book Launch for Swift – April 3rd
  41. Spring Literary Festival – April 3rd to 5th
  42. Dave Lucas Reading – April 4th
  43. Write to the Finish – begins May 4th – Register Now!



Monday, March 4th at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Barney-Davis Hall, Boardroom
Denison University (Granville)

Beck Lecture with Becky Thompson and Sara Abou Rashed Reading

Denison University welcomes Professor of Sociology at Simmons University Becky Thompson and artist and poet Sara Abou Rashed (DU ’21) presenting a Beck Lecture and poetry reading. They will read from “Making Mirrors: Righting/Writing by and for Refugees,” a volume co-edited by Thompson in which writing by Rashed appears.

For more information, visit the website.


Friday, March 5th at 12:00 pm
Jewish community center of Greater Columbus
1125 College Avenue
Columbus, OH

Sadness Is a White Bird with author Moriel Rothman-Zecher

While preparing to serve in the Israeli army, a young man tries to reconcile his close relationship to two Palestinian siblings. The story relates the complexities of Israeli and Palestinian life.

For more information, visit the website.


Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm
Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street, Bexley , OH 43209

Acclaimed Author Karen Harper in conversation with novelist Janet Beard

Before there was Meghan Markle, there was Consuelo Vanderbilt, the original American Duchess. Karen Harper tells the tale of Consuelo Vanderbilt, a woman who defied expectation and social convention to become a strong force for good and one of the most fascinating women at the turn of the 20th century. From the dawning of the opulent Gilded Age and “The Wedding of the Century” to the Duke of Marlborough, to the battles of the Second World War, American Duchess is a riveting tale of one woman’s quest to find meaning behind “the glitter and the gold.” Harper will be in conversation with novelist Janet Beard (The Atomic City Girls).

For more information, visit the website.


Tuesday, March 5th at 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Columbus Museum of Art
480 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA (map)

Diane Les Becquets is the author of the national bestselling and award-winning novel Breaking Wild. She will talk about her riveting new novel, The Last Woman in the Forest. Marian Engström has found her true calling: working with rescue dogs to help protect endangered wildlife. On her first assignment, she falls in love with her mentor, the daring and brilliant Tate. When they’re separated on another assignment, she’s shattered to learn of his tragic death. Marian soon discovers disturbing inconsistencies about Tate’s life, and begins to wonder if the man she loved could have been responsible for the unsolved murders of at least four women. Hoping to clear Tate’s name, Marian reaches out to a retired forensic profiler. But as Marian circles ever closer to the truth, evil stalks her every move.

Individual Tickets-
Regular: $25
Student/Senior: $22
At Door: $30

For more information, visit the website.


Tuesday, March 5th at 7:30pm
The Ohio State University
Thompson Library, Reading Room 165

Open to the public, refreshments served!

The second Student Faculty Reading of the semester is next week! Please come and hear the talented writing of Krishna Mishra, Josie Kochendorfer, Mags Colvett, and Michelle Herman.


Wednesday, March 6th at 7:00 pm
Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209

An Evening of Delight: Ross Gay in conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib

Join acclaimed poet, essayist, editor and scholar Ross Gay for his genre-defying, The Book of Delights, a book of short lyric essays, written daily over the course of a year, that reminds us of the purpose and pleasure of praising and celebrating ordinary wonders. This spirited and inventive book evokes Gay’s singular voice—funny, poetic, philosophical, and inclusive—and celebrates both the simple and profound joys of daily living. In this exclusive Gramercy Salon@2424 program, Ross Gay will be in conversation with poet, essayist and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib, author of the forthcoming Go Ahead in The Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, a book that conveys the wonder of being a fan and the visceral impact of experiencing the feeling of having oneself reflected back in music and pop culture.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a nationally-recognized, Columbus-based poet, essayist, and cultural critic. He is the author of The Crown Ain’t Worth Much (nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award) and They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us (named a best book of 2017 by NPR, Pitchfork, Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Esquire, GQ, and Publisher’s Weekly, among others). A Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, the poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine, and a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel, Abdurraqib has multiple forthcoming books, including a new collection of poems called A Fortune For Your Disaster (Tin House, 2019) and a history of Black performance in the United States titled They Don’t Dance No Mo’ (Random House, 2020).

For more information, visit the website.


Thursday, March 7th at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bexley Zen Cha cafe & tea
2396 E Main St, Bexley, Ohio 43209

Bexley ZenCha: Overview of Short Fiction / contests / etc

Join us as Isabel takes us on a tour of the world of short and flash fiction and the associated contests. The plan for this month is to expose writers to the opportunities available for submitting short pieces to contests, with the expectation that we’ll submit to a contest over the coming month and bring that piece back to read in April.

For more information, visit the website.


Thursday, March 7th at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Burton D. Morgan Center, Lecture Hall

Denison University’s Beck Series welcomes award winning author Min Jin Lee.
Lee is a recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard. Her novel “Pachinko” was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. A New York Times Bestseller, “Pachinko” was featured on over 75 best books of the year lists, including NPR, PBS, and CNN. Lee’s debut novel “Free Food for Millionaires” was a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, USA Today, and a national bestseller. She has received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Monmouth College, and she will be a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College from 2019-2022.

For more information, visit the website.


Sunday, March 10th at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Book Loft of German Village
631 South 3rd Street, Columbus, OH 43206, United States

Join us March 10th from 1pm -5pm and meet the authors! Free Event!
The Book Loft of German Village is proud to spotlight local talent. This March, we present Brandon C. Brown, Doug Coates, Gene Stamper, Arcy Jay, and R.L.Walker.

During the event, those that had RSVPed on Eventbrite will get an additional 15% off your purchase of the featured author’s books as well as your entire purchase of any of the books and gifts on our shelves! Just present your Eventbrite ticket on your phone when you check out with our cashier. Offer excludes all green and pink-labeled items.

For more information, visit the website.


Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
2 p.m. | Author Talk
2:45 p.m. | Audience Q&A
3 p.m. | Book Signing

Columbus Metropolitan Library
Main Library
96 South Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215, United States

Free parking in Main Library’s attached garage. General admission seating begins in the second floor Reading Room.

Carnegie Author Series featuring Paula McLain

Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The Paris Wife (2011) and Circling the Sun (2015). Having focused on Ernest Hemingway’s first two wives in The Paris Wife, McLain’s latest title, Love and Ruin (2018) deftly turns to the life of his third wife, writer and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn.

McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California court system, moving in and out of various foster homes for the next 14 years. When she aged out of the system, she supported herself by working as a nurse’s aid in a convalescent hospital, a pizza delivery girl, an auto-plant worker and a cocktail waitress before discovering she could write. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996.

The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Cleveland Arts Prize, Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, McLain is also the author of two collections of poetry, a memoir, Like Family, Growing up in Other People’s Houses (2003), and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride (2009). She lives with her family in Cleveland.

The Friends of the Library will sell a selection of the author’s books near the book signing table, or you can bring your personal copy to have signed.

For more information, visit the website.


Sunday, March 10th at 7:00 pm
Jewish Community Center
1125 College Avenue, Columbus , OH 43209

An Evening with Israeli-Palestinian author and columnist Sayed Kashua

Sayed Kashua is a journalist born in Tira, Israel. Kashua, a Palestinian citizen of Israel is known for his books and humorous columns in Hebrew. He is the author of three novels: “Dancing Arabs,” “Let it Be Morning,” “Second Person Singular” and “Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life.” Kashua created and writes for the award-winning hit Israeli TV show “Arab Labor,” and is the focus of the documentary “Forever Scared.”
His novel, “Dancing Arabs,” has been made into a feature film, and premiered in 2014 at the Telluride Film Festival. Kashua is the winner of many awards, including the prestigious Bernstein Prize.

Kashua will speak about his experience as a Palestinian citizen of Israel in a world that tolerates him but never manages to accept him with open arms. In a humorous,
tongue-in-cheek style, Kashua addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel, caught between two worlds.

Light refreshments will be served. Child care available and can be reserved at registration.
Gramercy Books will have Sayed Kashua’s books available for purchase at the event.

For more information, visit the website.


Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
The Poetry Forum
at Bossy Grrl’s Pin-Up Joint
2598 North High Street, Columbus
(btwn. Hudson & Duncan Streets)

Featured readings + open mic since 1984

Spring 2019

Mar 11 ~ Sam Pittman
Mar 18 ~ Juliet Cook
Mar 25 ~ Pauletta Hansel
Apr 1 ~ Nathan Moore
Apr 8 ~ Bianca Spriggs
Apr 15 ~ Tribute to Aralee Strange
Apr 22 ~ David Caplan
Apr 29 ~ Kerry Trautman
May 6 ~ Pablo Tanguay
May 13 ~ William Redding Competition winner

For info call 614/937-6744 or visit the website.

Also, check their Facebook page.


Tuesday, March 12th at 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Cover to Cover
2116 Arlington Ave, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Author and musician Jay Coles is coming to Cover to Cover! He will discuss and sign copies of his acclaimed YA novel Tyler Johnson Was Here (14-17 years).
Jay Coles is a young adult and middle grade writer, a composer with ASCAP, and a professional musician residing in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Vincennes University and Ball State University and holds degrees in English and Liberal Arts. When he’s not writing diverse books, he’s advocating for them, teaching middle school students, and composing music for various music publishers. Jay’s forthcoming young adult novel Tyler Johnson Was Here is about a boy whose life is torn apart by police brutality when his twin brother goes missing, inspired by events from the author’s life and the Black Lives Matter movement.

For more information, visit the website.


Tuesday, March 12th from 6 pm to 7 pm
Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys, and Games
25 W Winter St, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Emily will be at Fundamentals to read from her two new novels, KLAWDE: Evil Alien Warlord Cat! These books are so fun and we are excited to have Emily with us!

For more information, visit the website.


Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00 pm
Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209

Acclaimed Author Salvatore Scibona in conversation with WOSU book critic Kassie Rose

Join us for an exclusive evening with National Book Award Finalist Salvatore Scibona in conversation with Kassie Rose, book critic for WOSU Public Media, as they discuss his long-awaited new novel, The Volunteer, the epic story of a restless young man who is captured during the Vietnam War and pressed into service for a clandestine branch of the United States government.

Kassie Rose is the book critic for WOSU Public Media, 89.7 FM, a National Public Radio member station broadcasting throughout central Ohio. She discusses books with WOSU host Christopher Purdy on “Allsides Weekend: Books” and also reviews books for broadcast. An avid reader and book collector, Kassie is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Aldus Society, which is a local chapter of the national Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS). She writes about books on her blog

Bexley Public Library, Kenyon Review and WOSU Public Media are Gramercy’s Community Partners for this exclusive event.

For more information, visit the website.


Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters
1124 Parsons Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43206

Join author Jay Coles for a reading and discussion surrounding his acclaimed debut novel, Tyler Johnson Was Here.

Tyler Johnson Was Here is a stunning portrait of young black lives in modern America, for readers of The Hate U Give.

For more information, visit the website.


Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00 pm
2424 East Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209

Salvatore Scibona‘s first novel, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award. That novel began as a short story for which Scibona, ten years earlier, won Ohioana Library’s Marvin Grant for writers age 30 or younger who have not yet published a book. Scibona’s work has also won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, and a Whiting Award; and the New Yorker named him one of its “20 Under 40” fiction writers to watch. He directs the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

For more information, visit the website.


Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Columbus Museum of Art
480 East Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215

Amber Tamblyn is an author, actor, and director. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film, including House M.D., Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Joan of Arcadia. She wrote and directed the feature film Paint It Black. She has authored three books of poetry and a novel, Any Man, and is a contributing writer for The New York Times.
This event will conclude with a book signing.

All tickets are $20. Tickets are non-refundable.
For more information, visit the website.


Tuesday, March 12th from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Over The Counter
5596 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085, USA

Come celebrate the launch of Titanshade with good cake and bad jokes!

Join us at Over the Counter, one of my very favorite places, and talk about books, nerdy stuff, or just swap embarrassing stories with strangers. OTC is a great place to grab a bite to eat, and a bookseller from The Book Loft will be on hand if you want to pick up a copy of Titanshade on the very first day it’s available!

RSVPs are appreciated, but it’s a free event, so grab a friend and head down and join the party!

TITANSHADE is a noir fantasy thriller from DAW Books. This debut novel from Columbus resident Dan Stout features murder, mystery, and magic in an alternate 1970s setting.

Free event, open to all. Book sales handled by The Book Loft.

For more information, visit the website.


part one: Weds, March 13th 6-8 pm
part two: Weds, March 27th 6-8 pm
Body Wisdom Healing Group, 3001 Indianola Ave
$20 per workshop; $35 for both

WRITING FROM THE BODY’S DESIRE From Creative Generation to Public Presentation

PART ONE: getting out of your head and into your body, movement educator and poet Amanda Erin will guide you using innovative tools for inspiration. Combining meditation, movement and writing prompts, you will uncover new ways of tapping into creative flow. Great way to get around creative blocks!

PART TWO: working with the material you created in part one (or bringing other material), writer Amanda Page will lead an editing and revision session to make your work ready for the public sphere of your choosing! Tools for editing and resources for publication or performance provided. Find your way to completion of your creative writing!

Amanda Erin is a poet and a registered Somatic Movement Educator (rSME) trained at the School for Body-Mind Centering® She has been an experiential educator for over a decade and currently teaches body-based meditation classes weekly. She deeply values the experience of the body as a safe and creative place to be and strives to facilitate opportunities for others to tap into their body’s intrinsic intelligences.

Amanda Page is an essayist and educator in Columbus, Ohio, who helps writers shape and share true stories in a number of mediums. Page teaches scholarly writing at Mt Carmel College of Nursing and hosts and annual writing retreat on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

To register, visit the website.


Wednesday, March 13th at 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters
1124 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206

An Evening in Black Girl Magic w/ Mahogany L. Browne

Mahogany L. Browne, the award winning poet and author of best sellers Black Girl Magic and Woke Baby comes to perform a full set of her work!

There will be a short interview by poet Lauren Bullock with Mahogany, regarding her journey from magazine writer to the longest running host of the famed Nuyorican Poetry Slam to becoming an Internationally acclaimed writer.

For more information, visit the website.


March 16th – Business Meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30pm
Norwich Twp Safety & Services Building
5181 Northwest Parkway
Hilliard, OH 43026

We will be brainstorming, plotting, and generally getting those writing juices flowing! We’ll have 5 plot boards available for plotting based on 3 act (short) and 4 acts and post it notes to use. If you bring a short scene we will have opportunities for critiquing and discussions on maintaining websites, newsletters & self-publishing.

Cost: see website for membership/guest attendance information.

For more information, visit the website.


Sunday, March 17th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and University Center
30 W Woodruff Ave (near Ohio State campus)
Columbus, Ohio 43210

This month’s featured reader will be John Burroughs.

For more information, visit the Facebook event.


Monday, March 18th at 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Westerville Senior Center
126 S. State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081

Share your life experiences and encourage others as you develop writing skills together with your fellow Westerville Senior Center members and Julie K.

Membership to the Westerville Senior Center is required.

For more information, visit the website.


Monday, March 18th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center
Council Committee Room
3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, OH, 43221
Fee: $22.00/$26.00
Class Number – 441207

Make Your Editor Proud: Trudy Brandenburg, Author, The Emma Haines Mystery Series will teach this class.

Learn how to make your editor proud and satisfy your readers with more cohesive, error-free writing. This class reviews common grammar and punctuation errors as well as strategies you can use to strengthen your writing. Trudy shares trips from her own writing career as well as pointers from her editor, who previously served as an editor for The Columbus Dispatch for 30 years. No writing experience necessary.

Register here.


Tuesday, March 19th from 6pm to 7pm
Fundamentals Children’s Books, Toys, and Games
25 W Winter St, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Book Discussion and Signing with Mindy McGinnis

Mindy’s newest YA novel, Heroine, is being released on 3/12/19. She will be at Fundamentals to discuss her book and will be available afterwards for signing.
Her latest title is, “A captivating and powerful exploration of the opioid crisis–the deadliest drug epidemic in American history–through the eyes of a college-bound softball star. Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a visceral and necessary novel about addiction, family, friendship, and hope.” -Publisher

For more information, visit the website.


Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Villa Milano Banquet & Conference Center
1630 Schrock Rd, Columbus, OH 43229, USA
Presentation & book signing $10

Discover the literary life of author V.E. Schwab with an onstage conversation moderated by superfan and librarian Megan C. When she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters. The product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing, she currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

For ticket information, visit the website


Wednesday, March 20th at 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
Two Dollar Radion Headquarters
1124 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206

Jasmine Dreame Wagner is an American poet, multimedia artist, and musician. She is the author of On a Clear Day (Ahsahta Press) and Rings (Kelsey Street Press), winner of the Kelsey Street Press Firsts! Prize; and six chapbooks: The Stag (Dancing Girl Press), Ask (Slope Editions), Seven Sunsets (The Lettered Streets Press), Rewilding (Ahsahta Press), Listening for Earthquakes (Caketrain), and True Crime (NAP).

Jenn Marie Nunes is the author of six chapbooks, including the collaborative HYMN: An Ovulution (Bloof Books) and the Projector (The Cupboard). Her work appears in numerous journals, including ACTION, YES!, Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, Horse Less Review, [PANK], and smoking glue gun, and she is co-founding editor of TENDE RLOIN, an online gallery for poetry. Her first full-length poetry collection, AND/OR (2015), was selected by Dawn Lundy Martin as winner of the inaugural Switchback Books Queer Voices award.

For more information, visit the website.


Thursday, March 21st at 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Two Dollar Radion Headquarters
1124 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206, USA

Join us as we present “Orbits”, a collaboration of Poetry and Music we have organized over the past year.

We will be releasing our Poetry Book, Select Videos, and Studio Album (available on all streaming platforms March 21)

Featuring Performances by:
* Drew Johnson & Sean Gleeson
* Mercedes Aviles (Meche)
* Caroline Louise (Souther/WYD)

For more information, visit the website.


Saturday, March 23rd at 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters
1124 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, poet, performer, and teacher whose most recent book is The Safety of Edges. He translates from Tamil and from Spanish, writes and performs original shows for both families and adults, and serves as a Language Consultant for Cozy Grammar.

For more information, visit the website.


Sunday, March 24th at 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The Book Loft of German Village
631 South 3rd Street, Columbus, OH 43206, United States

Conrade C. Hinds – Lost Circuses of Ohio


Conrade Hinds was born in Nashville and graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he studied architecture and industrial technology. He has lived in Ohio for forty years and previously worked for the Franklin County Engineer’s Office and several architecture firms. A registered architect and a retired projects manager with the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities, he is also a retired adjunct faculty member in the Engineering Technology Department at Columbus State Community College. He has published two other books, The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908 and Columbus and the Great Flood of 1913.

For more information, visit the website.


Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 pm
Jewish community center of Greater Columbus
1125 College Avenue
Columbus, OH

The Ruined House with author Ruby Namdar

The winner of Israel’s highest literary award, the story follows the perfect life of an NYU Professor until it all falls apart. (In Partnership with the Melton Center for Jewish Studies and the Israel and Overseas Department of Jewish Columbus).

For more information, visit the website.


Wednesday, March 27th at 4:30 pm
Kenyon College (Gambier)
Cheever Room, Finn House

Sarah Weinman’s most recent book The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World (Ecco, 2018) casts a new light on the dark inspiration for Nabokov’s classic. Sarah is also the editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (Library of America, 2015) and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives (Penguin, 2013). She covers book publishing for Publishers Marketplace, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the Guardian, and Buzzfeed, among other outlets. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

For more information, visit the website.


Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 pm
Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209

Poetry Night with Sandy Feen and Rikki Santer

Sandra Feen currently works as an independent poetry and urban fiction editor, and has been a featured reader in venues in and out of Ohio for over 30 years. In addition, she performs work by Holocaust writers in Susan Millard Schwarz’s Anahata Music Project. Sandy has a BFA in Creative Writing and a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University, as well as an MA in Literature from Wright State University. Her publications include Cap City Poets: Columbus and Central Ohio’s Best Known, Read, and Requested Poets, Pudding Magazine, Pudding House Gang, The Ides of March, Poetry Motel, Everything Stops and Listens, and Elastic Ekphrastic. A collection of her poems was named finalist for The Lascaux Review’s 2018 Lascaux Poetry Prize.

Rikki Santer is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in numerous publications including Ms. Magazine, Poetry East, Margie, Crab Orchard Review, Grimm andThe Main Street Rag. She has five previously published poetry collections: Front Nine, Kahiki Redux, Clothesline Logic, Fishing for Rabbits, and Make Me That Happy.

For more information, visit the website.


Thursday, March 28th at 6:00 PM
The Ohio State University
Wexner Center Store

Paloma Martinez-Cruz, Food Fight!, Book Signing Follows

Ohio State Associate Professor of Latino/a Cultural and Literary Studies Paloma Martinez-Cruz (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) reads from her new book Food Fight!: Millennial Mestizaje Meets the Culinary Marketplace. The book’s powerful and humorous gastronomic journey tackles the real-world politics of food presentation and production—from the exploitation of farmworkers to the appropriation of Latinx bodies and culture by Anglo chefs and restaurants—while taking us into transformative eateries that offer homegrown mestiza consciousness.

For more information, visit the website.


Friday, March 29th at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
The Book Loft of German Village
631 South 3rd Street, Columbus, OH 43206, United States

Brian Noyes – Red Truck Bakery Cookbook

Special lunchtime event – There will be cake!

A charming bakery cookbook with 85 southern baking recipes for favorites like cookies, cakes, pies, and more to make every day delicious—from breakfast to dessert.

Nestled on Main Street among the apple orchards and rolling hills of rural Virginia, Red Truck Bakery is beloved for its small town feel and standout baked goods. Red Truck Bakery Cookbook is your one-way ticket to making these crowd-pleasing confections at home. Full of fresh flavors, a sprinkle of homespun comfort, and a generous pinch of Americana, the recipes range from Southern classics like Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits and Mom’s Walnut Chews, to local favorites like the Shenandoah Apple Cake and Appalachian Pie with Ramps and Morels. Between the keepsake recipes are charming stories of the bakery’s provenance and 75 gorgeous photographs of evocative landscapes and drool-worthy delectables. These blue-ribbon desserts and anytime snacks are sure to please!

Free event open to the public. RSVP not necessary but appreciated.

For more information, visit the website.


Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9:30 AM – 12 PM
Columbus Metropolitan Library – South High Branch
3540 S High St, Columbus, OH 43207-4007, United States

Hosted by Alicia Wiggins – Author

Have you thought about writing but you don’t know how to get started? Have you started writing a book but just can’t seem to finish? Or are you just stuck somewhere in the middle? This workshop is for you!

We will explore the following:

– How to begin and continue the writing process
– What to do when you get stuck
– Getting serious about writing when you have other obligations
– Self-publishing vs traditional publishing

This workshop is free and open to anyone with a desire to write. Bring your questions and your imagination as we begin to write now!

Presenters Alicia Wiggins ( and Sandee Hemphill (

To register for the workshop email your name and contact information to or call 614-886-2458.

For more information, visit the website.


Saturday March 30 from 12:30pm to 3pm
Gahanna Library – meeting room
310 Granville St, Columbus, OH 43230

Katharine Weber, the Richard Thomas Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College will join BCW on March 30 in the meeting room of the Gahanna Library.

Katharine Weber’s first five highly-praised and award-winning novels have made her a book club favorite.

As always, our meetings are from 12:30 to 3 p.m., with a lunch afterward in which we ask our guests all the questions we were afraid to ask them in front of people, but are perfectly fine with discussing over, say, food. Mark your calendars!

Cost: not mentioned

For more information, visit the website.


Sunday, March 31st at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Upper Arlington Public Library
Friends Theater, Library: Tremont

Children’s book author, poet, and artist Michael J. Rosen is coming to the library! He has written, illustrated and contributed to more than 150 books, ranging from children’s picture books to poetry, novels, cookbook collaborations with celebrity chefs to creating anthologies to benefit animal-welfare and childhood-hunger efforts. Cover to Cover Children’s Books will be onsite to sell copies of his books. Mr. Rosen will be available to sign books at the end. Registration required. PLEASE REGISTER EVERY PERSON ATTENDING.

Presented in partnership with Cover to Cover Children’s Books.

For more information, visit the website.


Wednesday, April 3rd at 4:10 pm
Kenyon College (Gambier)
Cheever Room, Finn House

David Baker is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Swift: New and Selected Poems (2019, W. W. Norton), Scavenger Loop (2015, Norton), and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize Winner, Never-Ending Birds (2009, Norton), as well as six books of prose. Among his awards are prizes and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, Mellon Foundation, and the Society of Midland Authors. Baker holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he lives, and is Poetry Editor of the Kenyon Review.

For more information, visit the website.


Wednesday April 3rd through Friday, April 5th
Ohio University (Athens)
Various Locations

The authors, who will give readings and craft-based lectures, include the following novelists, poets, and essayists: Stephanie Powers Watts, Kiese Laymon, Mark Doty, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Laura Kasischke,

For more information, visit the website.


Thursday, April 4th at 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Denison University (Granville)
Barney-Davis Hall, Boardroom

Denison University’s Beck Series welcomes Poet Laureate of Ohio, Dave Lucas presenting a reading.

Lucas was born and raised in Cleveland. His first book of poems, “Weather,” received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. Named by Rita Dove as one of thirteen young poets to watch, Lucas has also received a Discovery/The Nation Prize and a Cleveland Arts Prize. In 2018, Lucas was appointed the second Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio. A co-founder of Cleveland Book Week and Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery, he lives in Cleveland, where he teaches at Case Western Reserve University.

For more information, visit the website.


Register Now! Course begins May 4th.
Online Course for Writers Working on a Book Project
Early Bird discount on registrations through March 13.

Write to the Finish is led by award-winning writers Tania Casselle & Sean Murphy, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing.

A 9-month, online course by email & phone so you can take part wherever you are. Nobody can write your book for you, but you don’t have to be alone in the process. In our Write to the Finish course, we support you through the challenge of writing a book with craft, community, focus and feedback.

You get personal support from two published authors, including a full manuscript critique, online seminar days, craft lessons and writing exercises, and regular coaching calls. (Support on marketing too if you’re at that stage.)

Open to fiction and nonfiction or memoir writers, whether starting your book idea from scratch or finishing a work in progress – perhaps it’s not progressing fast enough or the writer is stuck! If you’re serious about writing a book in 2019, we are taking registrations now, with a generous early bird discount on registrations before March 13. This small group course runs only once a year – now in our 14th successful year of helping people write their books.

Info and testimonials by previous participants at Tania’s website and at Hemingway Award and Faulkner Award winner and 2018 NEA Fellow Sean’s website. Or email for course outline and all details.