2023 Authors + Illustrators

Gloria G. Adams

Will bugs for lunch be on your menu in the future? More than 2 billion people around the world already include insects in their diets. More and more companies are producing new insect-based products every year. Munch! Crunch! Bugs for Lunch! offers timely information about the practice of eating insects, entomophagy, and is a kid-friendly addition to the elementary school curriculum, as well as a general interest book for kids everywhere. Gloria G. Adams works from her home in Stow, Ohio, writing fiction and nonfiction, as well as working as a freelance editor for Two-4-One Kid Critiques. She is represented by Lisa Amstutz at Storm Literary Agency. Find more information at www.gloriagadams.com.

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Rachele Alpine

Rachele Alpine’s first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was
hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and
where she indulges her reading habit. By day she’s a high school English teacher, by night a parent of two boys, and a kidlit author during any time she can find in between.
You can read more about her writing on her website: www.rachelealpine.com and follow her on Instagram (@rachelealpine).

Jeff Alt

Jeff Alt, from the Cincinnati area, is an adventurer, speaker, and an award-winning author of eight books. His latest book, Time Traveling Through Yellowstone National Park, is the fifth book in his middle-grade national park series. He’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), The National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). Alt has been hiking since his youth. He has walked the entire 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, and he carried his 21-month-old daughter along the coast of Ireland on a family hike. His son was on the Appalachian Trail at 6 weeks of age. Find out more on the web: https://www.jeffalt.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hikerjeffalt and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alt.jeff/

Timothy G. Anderson

Timothy G. Anderson is Associate Professor of Geography at Ohio University where he teaches courses in cultural and historical geography. His research focuses on the production of regional cultural landscapes in Ohio during the Federal era, the formation of America’s regional cultures, and issues related to governmentality and spatialization theory.

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Mindee Arnett

Mindee Arnett lives on a farm in Germantown, Ohio with her husband, two kids, and undisclosed number of animals. When not telling tales of magic, the supernatural, or outer space, she can be found on a horse. Her latest book is the young adult fantasy Riven.

Jill Bascom and Judy Pezdir

Judy Pezdir and Jill Bascom are a mother-daughter team of artists from Cleveland Heights, OH. They developed the Fainting Freddie children’s book character after being enchanted with the naturally hilarious myotonic, or fainting, goat, which are known for stiffening up and falling over at the slightest fright or noise. Blending hilarious misadventures with beautifully painted watercolor illustrations, Fainting Freddie shows children the power of facing your fears and also knowing your limits. On Facebook @FaintingFreddie.

David Bell

David Bell is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels, including TRY NOT TO BREATHE and SHE’S GONE.

Jenn Bishop

Jenn Bishop, from Cincinnati, Ohio, is the author of five novels for grades 4-8. Her latest, Free Throws, Friendship, and Other Things We Fouled Up, is a fast-paced novel about two girls finding the truth about themselves-and their families-against the backdrop of middle school and college hoops in the Queen City. Her books have been named Junior Library Guild selections and Bank Street College of Education best books and have been finalists for state book awards. Visit her at jennbishop.com.


Marc Bona

Marc Bona is a features writer for cleveland.com. He teamed with Dan Murphy to write “Not Your Average Joe,” which details the life of Cleveland Browns great Joe Thomas, who is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2023. Bona is at @mbona30 for Twitter and IG.

Lindsay Bonilla

“Lindsay Bonilla is from North Canton, Ohio. She is an author and professional storyteller who loves visiting schools, libraries and venues of all kinds to share her own stories and multicultural folktales with audiences of all ages. When not writing and performing, Lindsay loves reading, running, playing tennis and traveling the world with her husband and two sons. Her latest book, THE NOTE WHO FACED THE MUSIC, is a hilarious, pun-filled tale of friendship and self-worth. Perfect for music lovers, it’s sure to strike a chord with anyone who’s felt flat, ringing with reassurance that we’re all key players. Learn more about Lindsay at www.lindsaybonilla.com. And find her on: Facebook: @Author&StorytellerLindsayBonilla
Twitter: @LindsayBonilla Instagram: @lindsaybonilla40″

Louise Borden

Louise Borden is from Cincinnati, OH and is the author of many books for young readers. Her subjects range from first graders to World War II. SKI SOLDIER was called a “rare gem” by Kirkus Reviews and was a Junior Library Guild selection. Louise Borden’s FULL SPEED AHEAD! (November 2021), recounts the life of David G. Farragut who joined the U.S. Navy at age eight and who signed a warrant at age nine to defend his country. Farragut served fifteen U.S. presidents and became America’s first admiral. Louise has spoken at hundreds of schools, libraries, and museums across the country. See her award-winning books and trailers at www.louiseborden.com On Twitter @louiseborden

Kristy Boyce

Kristy Boyce is the author of two young adult contemporary romance novels: Hot British Boyfriend and Hot Dutch Daydream. Both novels explore teen friendship and first love while traveling abroad to Europe and are written for readers aged 13+. Hot Dutch Daydream is a Junior Library Gold Standard Selection. In addition to being a writer, Kristy is a senior lecturer in the psychology department at The Ohio State University and lives in Pickerington, OH with her family. She also runs an annual writing retreat at the English manor that inspired her first novel. You can find Kristy on Instagram (@kristylboyce) and on her website: www.kristyboyceauthor.com

Scott Burson & Sam Smethers

Scott Burson and Sam Smathers are co-authors of From Bulldog to Bengal: The Joe Burrow Story Through the Eyes of His Hometown. The authors have deep roots in Athens County, where Joe Burrow grew up. After graduating from Athens High School, Burson worked for the University of Florida Sports Information Office and managed a national sports publishing company for several years. He is the author of four books and currently serves as a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University. Smathers was Burrow’s first youth football coach. His garage, affectionately known as The Dawg Pound, houses an impressive collection of Joe Burrow memorabilia. Smathers has been interviewed by several national media outlets, including NFL Films and the LA Times. You can follow Scott Burson #FromBulldogToBengal #JoeBurrow

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Marcy Campbell

Marcy Campbell is a best-selling, award-winning author of picture books and novels for children. Recent awards include the 2023 Ohioana Award in Juvenile Literature for The More You Give, a book celebrating a family’s nurturing of each other and our natural world over multiple generations. Her debut middle-grade novel, Rule of Threes, was selected by the State Library of Ohio for the Choose to Read Ohio list for 2023-2024. Marcy’s picture books have been chosen for the Junior Library Guild and named a Best Children’s Book of the Year by Bank Street College and National Public Radio. She lives in Wooster. For more information, visit: MarcyCampbell.com

Jamie Capuzza

“After decades of activism by women across the state, Ohio became the fifth state to ratify the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. University of Mount Union professor Jamie Capuzza details the instrumental role Ohio played in the women’s suffrage movement in her new book, The Fifth Star: Ohio’s Fight for Women’s Right to Vote, published by Kent State University Press. For more information, contact her at capuzzja@mountunion.edu

Mary Kay Carson

Mary Kay Carson is from Cincinnati, Ohio. She’s written more than sixty books for young readers about wildlife, space, weather, nature, and other science and history topics. Her newest books include Outdoor School: Tree, Wildflower, and Mushroom Spotting and The River That Wolves Moved: A True Tale from Yellowstone.

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Linda Castillo

Linda Castillo was born in Ohio and grew up in Darke County. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Kate Burkholder Amish mystery series, set in Holmes County. In An Evil Heart, an upstanding young Amish man is found brutally murdered with a crossbow. Who would commit such a heinous crime against a young man whose life was just beginning? As Kate delves into his past, she begins to hear whispers about a dark side. The case spirals out of control when an Amish woman comes forward with a horrific story that pits Kate against a dangerous and unexpected foe. When the truth is uncovered, she comes face to face with the consequences of a life lived in all the wrong places.

Richard Celeste

Richard F. Celeste served as governor of Ohio from 1983-1991. During his two terms as Ohio’s governor, he tackled a number of issues including an epic savings and loan crisis, mental health reform, and job creation, as well as undertaking projects to improve Ohio’s buildings and infrastructure. His new memoir, In the Heart of It All: An Unvarnished Account of My Life in Public Service, describes Gov. Celeste’s remarkable journey from humble beginnings in northeast Ohio to his public service career as director of the Peace Corps, governor of Ohio, ambassador to India, and finally president of Colorado College. In the Heart of It All offers a remarkably frank and expansive account of Celeste’s personal and professional life, including his disappointing defeats and thrilling victories.

Karen Henry Clark

Karen Henry Clark became an author at age four by writing a story on the living room wall, a questionable medium. She eventually worked as a teacher and administrator in education but never forgot that early ambition. Her first published book, SWEET MOON BABY, was about adopting her daughter from China. LIBRARY GIRL was inspired by her friend Nancy Pearl who overcame childhood teasing for her book obsession, ultimately becoming an internationally acclaimed librarian. Karen lives in Milan, Ohio, and blogs on MARGIN NOTES about the magic in life’s simple moments at www.karenhenryclark.com

Renee Casteel Cook

Renee Casteel Cook is a Columbus-based author of culinary history and travel titles, including The Columbus Food Truck Cookbook and Ohio Ice Cream: A Scoop of History. Her passion for writing and chocolate are equally matched, making this book a labor of nothing but love. Eternally impressed at the drive and dedication of food-focused entrepreneurs and the continuing commitment of generational family-run businesses, Renee strives to successfully share their stories, capturing a curated selection of legacies both established and developing. Her hope is to inspire future creators of all types to take the leap toward what they love. Visit her at her website: ReneeCasteelCook.com

Shelley Costa

SHELLEY COSTA, who lives in Chagrin Falls, is the author of several crime novels and stories. Her new mystery novel is NO MISTAKING DEATH, wherein investigator Marian Warner, on assignment with the National Park Service, arrives in a southern Ohio town where the battle over landmark status for a Jesuit mission house ends in murder. Shelley holds a PhD in English and teaches topics in American literature and Modernism. www.shelleycosta.com FB: shelleycostamysteryauthor LinkedIn: Shelley Costa Bloomfield

Richard Cowdrey

From Cincinnati Ohio, Richard’s deep faith in God and love of God’s creation, coupled with an ability to take direction and having a variety of “styles”, make him a special type of visual communicator. Richard sees his vocation as an opportunity to serve the clients he works with, ultimately being their hands in collaborating to create pieces that fulfill the objective.

Jeff Craig

Jeff Craig is an Ohio cartographer based in Cincinnati. His maps portray the unusual, haunted and mysterious sites and events not seen on other maps. The very detailed full color, two-sided map will provide you with hundreds of spots to visit on road trips with directions provided in the index.

J. Daniel

J. Daniel is from Oxford, Ohio and attended Ohio University before spending more than 20 years working in sports television, including four years as the producer/director of “Rays Magazine” on Fox Sports Florida.
In Suds Series, Daniel takes readers back forty years, telling a story that is part baseball history, part urban history, and part U.S. cultural history, the narrative weaving together the development of the Midwest cities of St. Louis and Milwaukee through their engagement with beer and baseball.
Daniel currently lives in Brownsburg, Indiana where he works in the Indiana University system. Suds Series is his second book.

Mark Dawidziak

Mark Dawidziak is the author or editor of 25 books, the most recent of which is the biography “A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe.” His other books include the horror novel “Grave Secrets” and three acclaimed studies of landmark television series: “The Columbo Phile,” “The Night Stalker Companion” and “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone.” Dawidziak, who lives in Cuyahoga Falls, also is an internationally recognized Mark Twain scholar and five of his books are about the iconic American writer, including “Mark My Words: Mark Twain on Writing” and “Mark Twain for Cat Lovers.” Among his other non-fiction tiles are “The Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Dracula” and “The Shawshank Redemption Revealed: How One Story Keeps Hope Alive.” markdawidziak.com facebook.com/mark.dawidziak

Keila V. Dawson

Keila V. Dawson lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. A two-time Ohioana finalist, Dawson writes fiction and nonfiction picture books that entertain, inform, and inspire young readers. Her latest release, NO WORLD TOO BIG: YOUNG PEOPLE FIGHTING GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE is a companion title to the International Reading Association Children’s Book Award-winning title, NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY. Channeling their feelings and talents into action, today’s youth demand change for the future they want and deserve. Find free educational content, read reviews, and articles about her books on her website. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Meredith Doench

Meredith Doench is from Dayton, Ohio. She is the author of the Luce Hansen thriller series and Whereabouts Unknown. She is a board member of Mystery Writers of America, Midwest Chapter, and is a principal lecturer of creative writing and literature at the University of Dayton. For more information, please visit www.meredithdoench.com Facebook: @MeredithDoenchAuthor Twitter: @MeredithDoench Instagram: @MeredithDoench

Connie Bergstein Dow

Connie Bergstein Dow, MFA, author and dance educator, is from Cincinnati, Ohio. She has written two books about movement for teachers of young children, verses in Highlights and Cricket magazines, articles, and three picture books. Her newest picture book, TAP AND RAP, MOVE AND GROOVE (Free Spirit Publishing), beautifully illustrated by Cleveland artist Debbie Palen, is filled with ideas to inspire creativity in young children. The variety of playful dances and chants reinforce early literacy skills and other important developmental skills. Visit Connie at her website www.movingislearning, on Twitter:@cbergsteindow, on Facebook: Moving Is Learning, and on Instagram: @movingislearning

Julie Drew

Julie Drew lives in Akron, OH, where she has taught creative writing at The University of Akron for over 10 years. Her most recent release is a YA trilogy featuring 16-year old Tesla Abbott, whose sudden ability to time travel unmakes the world as she knows it. When her secret is discovered, she must find a way to accept the past and build a future for herself and those she loves–if they can survive the present. You can learn more about The Tesla Effect trilogy and Julie’s other books at www.juliedrew.com and find her on www.instagram.com/juliedrew_writes/.

Anne and Jerzy Drozd

Anne and Jerzy Drozd are from Columbus, Ohio. Jerzy is a teaching artist who leads comics workshops throughout Ohio. Anne is the Exhibition Coordinator at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at the Ohio State University. Jerzy and Anne co-authored Science Comics: Rockets, a comics documentary that explores the history and science of comics as told by the animals who participated in rocket history. Social media: Instagram – @jerzydrozd @annedrozd

James D. Duffey

James E Duffey is from Medina, Ohio. He has taught American history at Austintown Fitch High School for 30 years and as an adjunct professor at Kent State University’s Stark campus for 26 years. Information on his newest book, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About History But Were Afraid to Ask!” can be obtained by going to his website, RionHallPublishing@zoominternet.net. There you will see information on both of his books. My previous work is “Victim of Honor, the Story of John Yates Beall and the Northwest Conspiracy”, a true story from the time of the Civil War, which was a past participant of the Buckeye Book Fair. You can also check out either Jim Duffey or James E. Duffey pages on Facebook for samples of his current book’s content.

Jeffrey Ebbeler

Jeffrey Ebbeler lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been illustrating and writing children’s books for 20 years. He has illustrated over 60 picture books. Jeff has recently written and illustrated a series early reader graphic novels, a picture book called Ten Dragon Eggs, and a Little Golden Book about Willie Nelson. You can learn more about his books and school presentations at jeffillustration.com.

Lee Elder

James E. Duffey is from Medina, Ohio. He has taught American history at Austintown Fitch High School for 30 years and as an adjunct professor at Kent State University’s Stark campus for 26 years. Information on his newest book, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About History But Were Afraid to Ask!” can be obtained by going to his website, RionHallPublishing@zoominternet.net. There you will see information on both of his books. My previous work is “Victim of Honor, the Story of John Yates Beall and the Northwest Conspiracy”, a true story from the time of the Civil War, which was a past participant of the Buckeye Book Fair. You can also check out either Jim Duffey or James E. Duffey pages on Facebook for samples of his current book’s content.

Tameka Ellington

Dr. Tameka Ellington is a speaker, fashion scholar, and author. Her work focuses on educating and bringing cultural consciousness to Black women and girls. All of her books can be can be purchased on Amazon. Please follow her on Instagram @drtamekaellington.com and for bookings contact info@drtamekaellington.com.

Karen Diaz Ensanian

Karen Diaz Ensanian, author of the I Can Make a Dance series, received her MA in Dance from OSU, and performed as a modern dancer in NYC including as a founding member of Alvin Ailey repertory company and then devoted her career to dance education. Over the past two years, Karen has focused on publishing I Can Make a Water Dance and The Dancing Light; two children’s books that connect dance making with the science of water and light.The books are used in school systems in both the US and overseas by classroom teachers and dance and music specialists. For more information: www.icanmakeadance.com and @icanmakeadance

Alex Erickson

Alex Erickson is the author of both the Bookstore Café and the Furever Pets mysteries. When he’s not writing, he enjoys spending his time gaming or playing music. He lives in Ohio with his wife, son, and their four crazy cats. You can visit him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/author138 and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/alexericksonbooks.

Annie Hunter Eriksen

Annie Hunter Eriksen is from Wooster, Ohio. Originally from Columbus, she came for the College of Wooster (’13), but stayed after falling in love with Wooster’s undeniable charm and realizing this town has the best ice cream in the world. Annie lives and breathes comics, cats, and coffee and had her first son in November 2022, whom she named after a superhero.
Along Came a Radioactive Spider is about famed Marvel artist Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man. This is her second book. Find Annie at www.aheriksen.com and on Instagram at @ah_eriksen.

Kelcey Ervick

“Kelcey Ervick grew up in the 1980s in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was a goalkeeper for nationally ranked soccer teams—though that didn’t keep her from using too much hair spray or Sun-In in her hair. She is the author and illustrator of the graphic memoir, The Keeper: Soccer, Me, and the Law That Changed Women’s Lives, which tells the story of those big-haired years and the impact of Title IX on generations of women and girls. Winner of a 2023 Ohioana Book Award, The Keeper was described by Publisher’s Weekly as “a work of disarming emotional power.”
Author website: https://kelceyervick.com/
Substack: https://kelceyervick.substack.com/
Instagram: @kelcey.parker.ervick
Twitter/X: @KelceyErvick

Ashley Aya Ferguson

Ohio native Ashley Aya Ferguson is a writer most inspired by real life. Through poetry, children’s literature and creative nonfiction, she invites readers to live inside of a feeling, creating access that can’t be ignored. Ashley is the author of three five-star rated children’s books: Girl, You Are Magic!; Boy, You Are Brilliant and the recently released, I Am Not Afraid of Spiders. She currently resides in Cincinnati with her daughter, Nia. You can buy her books at https://www.ashleyayaferguson.com and follow her journey on Instagram @AshleyAyaFerguson

Erin Flanagan

Erin Flanagan lives in Dayton, Ohio with her husband, daughter, two cats and two dogs. She is an English professor at Wright State University and likes all of her colleagues except one. Her third novel Come With Me (Thomas & Mercer) released in August 2023. Her novel Deer Season (University of Nebraska Press) won the 2022 Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author and was a finalist for the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery and the Midwest Book Award in Fiction (Literary/Contemporary/Historical). You can say hello on Twitter or Instagram at @erinlflanagan.

Deborah Fleming

Deborah Fleming is from Perrysville, Ohio. Her nonfiction collection Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio’s Natural Landscape (2019) won the PEN-America Art of the Essay Award for 2020. She is the author of three collections of poems, Morning, Winter Solstice (2012), Into a New Country (2016), and Earthrise (2021); chapbooks Migrations (2005) and Source of the River (2018); and two novels, Without Leave (2014), winner of the Asheville Award, and Reunion (2023). She served for many years as director and editor of the Ashland Poetry Press.

Amanda Flower

Amanda Flower is a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author of over forty-five mystery novels. Her first Emily Dickinson Mystery, Because I Could Not Stop for Death, was a Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha Award Nominee. A former librarian, Flower and her husband own a farm and recording studio, and they live in Northeast Ohio with their adorable cats.

P.L. Gaus

With Ohio University Press, Paul (P.L.) Gaus has recently published new editions of his first four Amish-Country Mysteries, containing maps for the stories, author insights, travel guides and Discussion Questions for Reading Groups. Paul has also published three more original novels in the series with Ohio University Press, two additional stories with Penguin, plus two self-published novels to finish the series with a total of eleven novels.

David Goodrich

David Goodrich is a retired climate scientist from Rockville, Maryland, whose book, On Freedom Road, narrates his bicycle journeys of over 3,000 miles following routes of the Underground Railroad. He followed the most illustrious of conductors, Harriet Tubman, from Maryland, where she was enslaved, to Ontario, where she led her charges to freedom. Also included was a ride across Ohio from Ripley to Ashtabula. In Oberlin, he followed the path of Lewis Leary, a Black man lost in John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, but whose spirit was reborn in the twentieth century. Come and explore from ground level Ohio’s role in the clandestine networks to freedom. On Freedom Road is available from Pegasus Books, and his cycling blogs are at https://cgoab.com/DavidG.

Roger Gordon

Roger Gordon has written 11 sports history books, including “The Cleveland Browns All-Time All-Stars: The Best Players at Each Position for the Browns” and “The Miracle of Richfield: The Story of the 1975-76 Cleveland Cavaliers.” For eight years, Gordon wrote for the magazine Bernie’s Insiders/The Orange and Brown Report for which he conducted personal interviews with some 70 former Cleveland Browns, including Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Paul Warfield, Ozzie Newsome and Leroy Kelly. Other publications Gordon has written for include the Akron Beacon Journal, The Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine and Lake Erie Living Magazine. He is a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association. He lives in North Canton.

Laura Elizabeth Gray

Laura Elizabeth Gray is from Mentor, Ohio. Once upon a time, Laura Elizabeth was writing poems for her mother, skipping with her best friend Joanne, and wearing her beloved woolen mouse mittens while playing in the snow. Today, Laura Elizabeth serves as the Director of Development for the ALS Association and strives to live with a grateful heart. In 2015, Laura Elizabeth founded IPride, a self-esteem, empowerment program for youth. For more information, please visit ipride.net. Laura Elizabeth has been published by Sacred Stories Publications, Luna Negra and Beauty & The Beast Publishing; her works have been featured in Owl Magazine, Women for One: Truthtellers and BizCatalyst 360. This is her first children’s book.

Vince Guerrieri

Vince Guerrieri is an award-winning journalist for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and Medina Gazette. His writing also appears regularly in various regional and national magazines and online publications. A native of Youngstown and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he is the author of three books on Ohio sports history

Anastasia Hastings

Anastasia Hastings is from Brecksville, Ohio. Her newest release, “Of Manners and Murder,” a Victorian mystery, has been praised by the Wall Street Journal as evoking “…the shocking revelations of Wilkie Collins, the social acuity of Janes Austen and the comic melodrama of Oscar Wilde.” She has previously appeared at Buckeye as both Kylie Logan and Casey Daniels. You can find all her pen names and book titles at: www.mystery-book-series.com

Kathryn Haueisen

Native Buckeye Kathryn Haueisen recently moved back to Ohio after several decades in Texas. A descendant of Elder William Brewster and his faithful wife Mary, she spent seven years in three countries researching their stories. Her historical novels about the Mayflower are based on real people, real events, and realistic conversations the Pilgrims and Indigenous people might have had with one another in the 1600s. She holds a degree in journalism from Bowling Green and a M. Div. from Wartburg Theological Seminary. In the early 90s she served on staff at Zion Lutheran in Wooster. Today she’s available to speak to groups large or small about Mayflower Chronicles: The Tale of Two Cultures and Mary Brewster’s Love Life: Matriarch of the Mayflower.

William Heath

William Heath was born in Youngstown and grew up in Poland, Ohio; he attended Hiram College, who this year awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award, and has a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He has taught American literature and creative writing at Kenyon, Transylvania, Vassar, the University of Seville, and Mt. St. Mary’s University, where the William Heath Award is given annually to the best student writer. His most recent poetry book, Going Places, which contains poems set abroad, is the companion volume to Steel Valley Elegy, set in the U.S. His study of early Ohio history, William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest, won two Spur Awards and the Oliver Hazard Perry Award, and was a finalist for the Ohioana and Midwest History awards. He has also written an award-winning novel about the civil rights movement in Mississippi, The Children Bob Moses Led. Visit: www.williamheathbooks.com

M Hendrix

M Hendrix is the Pushcart Prize-nominated author of two previous books. The Chaperone is her first novel. M holds an M.A. in creative writing from Miami University of Ohio and a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Cincinnati, where she was a Taft Fellow. She has lived in twelve states and now makes her home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Learn more at mhendrixwrites.com or on Twitter, Instagram, and Tiktok at @mhendrixwrites.

Victor Hess

Victor Hess is from Xenia, Ohio. He is the author of five fiction novels, all set in Ohio during the 1950’s. He is working on a six-book series, The Wesley Club Adventures. Montana’s Mission: Protecting the Forest is his fifth book about 13-year-old Montana MacCarthy and her friends’ run-in with a poaching ring at Glen Helen in Yellow Springs. His books are written for all age groups, including Middle Graders. You can find more information about all of Hess’s books at https://victorhess.com. Follow him on Facebook at AuthorVictorHess.

Will Hillenbrand

Will Hillenbrand is a celebrated children’s author and illustrator from Cincinnati whose published works include over 70 books. Will’s magical illustrations transport young readers to enchanting realms where imagination dances upon the page. His two new picture books include The Voice in the Hollow, about a mouse who takes a shortcut home during a blizzard and is guided by a mysterious guardian. Little Red is about a pick-up truck with a mighty spirit and a heart of gold determined to help his many vehicle friends. Connect with Will online at WillHillenbrand.com, Facebook: @WillHillenbrandBooks, and Instagram: @WillHillenbrand

Conrade C. Hinds

Conrade C. Hinds was born in Nashville and graduated from Ball State University, where he studied architecture and industrial technology. He has lived in Ohio for forty years. 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 three other books: The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908, Columbus and the Great Flood of 1913 and Lost Circuses of Ohio.

Michelle Houts

Michelle Houts is an award-winning author who writes in a restored one-room schoolhouse near Celina, Ohio. Her newest book, Hopefully the Scarecrow, vibrantly illustrated by Sara Palacios, is for anyone who has ever felt a lack of control over their circumstances. When life seems bleak, hope and courage prevail. Michelle speaks to readers and families at schools and libraries everywhere. Find her online at: MichelleHouts.com, @MHoutsWrites on Instagram, Twitter “X”, and on Facebook.

Anna Lee Huber

Anna Lee Huber was born and raised in Hicksville, Ohio. She is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the Lady Darby Mysteries, Verity Kent Mysteries, and Gothic Myths Series, as well as the anthology The Deadly Hours and the upcoming historical fiction novel, Sisters of Fortune: A Novel of the Titanic. Her latest release, A Fatal Illusion, is the 11th novel in the Lady Darby historical mystery series, featuring a portrait artist who teams up with her gentleman inquiry agent husband and their intrepid staff to solve crimes in 1830s Scotland and England. You can learn more online at AnnaLeeHuber, Facebook @AuthorAnnaLeeHuber, Instagram @AnnaLeeHuber, TikTok @AnnaLeeHuberAuthor, and YouTube @AnnaLeeHuber.

Judy Orr James

Judy Orr James is from Akron, Ohio. She is the former manager of the Special Collections Division for the Akron-Summit County Public Library. She received her B.A from The Ohio State University and Masters of Library and Information Science from Kent State University. A celebration of Akron’s cultural and ethnic communities, Akron Family Recipes includes a history of these groups as well as favorite family recipes and the stories of their creators. A bonus chapter tells the story of sauerkraut balls, Akron’s iconic and official food. Classic recipes are included for this favorite Rubber City snack.

Sandra K-Horn

Sandra K-Horn, originally from Cleveland, now resides in Columbus, Ohio. Sandra K-Horn has worked in politics, education, and broadcast media. Her first novel, Downward Spiral, was awarded an honorable mention by The Edward Hoffer Award and was a featured book in the Ohioana Book Festival, 2021. Connect with Sandra K-Horn on Facebook: @Author.SandraKHorn, Twitter “X”: @SKHorn, Instagram: @SandraKHornAuthor, and Website: SandraKHorn.net

Jay Kimiecik

As a professor at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), Jay Kimiecik continually writes about the connection among being human, health, and optimal wellbeing. His latest nonfiction book explains the FEEL of living and optimal wellbeing, which complements his other books written over the years that have explored both practical and inspirational ideas relating to motivation, physical activity, running, performance, flow, enjoyment, and all things positive about moving our bodies.

Jonathan Knight

Jonathan Knight is the author of eleven books on a range of topics which have gained nationwide notoriety. From true crime to sports to his latest, The Lincoln-Kennedy Coincidences, which focuses on the myths and mysteries connecting the deaths of these legendary presidents, Jonathan has a knack for discovering untold tales and transforming them into compelling page turners. You can learn more online at JKnightWriter.com.

Marty Kral

Marty Kral is an educator, musician, composer, clinician, and author from Ashland, Ohio. His book: Marty; Marty; Marty is a deep dive into family and their connection to the world around them. Marty holds degrees and certifications in education and leadership from Ashland University, Nova Southeastern University, Concordia University and the Ohio Department of Education. He is a lifelong music & history nerd that loves to travel, attend concerts, and absorb the world around him. He is a multiple Grammy & Tony Award show watcher that loves playing music with family & friends, enjoys a perfectly grilled ribeye, & appreciates listening to podcasts about absolutely nothing important. Connect with Marty online at MartyKral.com

Robert Kroeger

Dr. Robert Kroeger was born in Youngstown but currently lives in Cincinnati. Robert is an avid barn enthusiast and author. He embarked on a remarkable journey through Ohio’s countryside. With his dedicated “barn scouts” and extensive research, he delved into the stories and history behind these iconic structures. His passion for preservation led him to use his barn paintings for nonprofit fundraisers, supporting the community in more ways than one. In 2021, his dedication bore fruit with the release of Historic Barns of Ohio by Arcadia Publishing. Check out Robert’s website: RobertKroeger.com

Chiquita Mullins Lee

Chiquita Mullins Lee lives in Columbus, Ohio and oversees arts education programs for the Ohio Art Council (OAC). Formerly of Atlanta, Georgia, Chiquita has won individual artist/excellence awards in creative writing from local and state arts councils and is published in numerous literary anthologies. She writes poetry, fiction, plays, and creative non-fiction, and performs regularly in local theater productions, as well as with Wild Women Writing and with the Word Warriors Creative Writing Ministry of New Covenant Believers Church. Her picture book, You Gotta Meet Mr. Pierce, co-authored with Carmella Van Vleet and illustrated by Jennifer Mack-Watkins is published by Kokila Books. Connect with her at ChiquitaMullinsLee.com.

Florenza Lee

Florenza Lee, is a versatile and accomplished author, coach, speaker, and advocate from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She wears many hats, including those of a publisher, radio talk show host, and Master Storyteller. Her impactful children’s books, such as Adventurous Olivia’s Alphabet Quest and Barry Bear’s Very Best, reflect her dedication to young readers. Florenza is actively involved in literary and professional organizations like SCBWI, AALBC, IPG, and InScribe, highlighting her commitment to her craft and collaborative communities. Explore her literary world online at: Florenza.org.

Miranda Liasson

Miranda Liasson is a bestselling author from Akron, Ohio, who writes about the important relationships in women’s lives. Her heartwarming and humorous romances have won numerous accolades and have been praised by Entertainment Weekly for the way she “deals with so much of what makes life hard . . . without ever losing the warmth and heart that characterize her writing.” Her newest release, The Summer of Second Chances, is about first love, second chances, and what it means to truly live your life. Visit MirandaLiasson.com, Facebook: 2MirandaLiassonAuthor, Instagram @MirandaLiasson, Twitter “X”: @MirandaLiasson, TikTok: @MirandaLiasson

Julie Anne Lindsey

Julie Anne Lindsey is an award winning and bestselling author of more than 50 novels. Julie resides in Kent, Ohio, where she writes mysteries and romantic suspense as herself and under multiple pen names including Jacqueline Frost, Bree Baker, & Julie Chase. Learn more about Julie and her many books online at JulieAnneLindsey.com

John Kropf

John Kropf is originally from Sandusky, Ohio, attended Denison University, and is an attorney in the Washington DC area. His new book Color Capital of the World: Growing Up with the Legacy of a Crayon Company tells the story in words and pictures of the American Crayon Company in Sandusky, Ohio. Readers will come away with a greater appreciation of the story behind the invention of the crayon and the Ohio town that produced more crayons than anywhere in the world. Social media: CompulsivelyAimless.BlogPpot.com, Twitter “X”: JKropf, Facebook Groups: Crayon and Art Supply Collectors, Historical Sandusky, The Real Sandusky, and American Crayon Company Recollections

Kathryn Long

Kathryn Long is a Buckeye native and retired teacher who enjoys spending her days plotting murder and writing mysteries. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime as well as International Thriller Writers. Blooming with Murder is book three in the Sierra Pines B&B series. She also writes the Paint by Murder cozy mysteries under the pen name Bailee Abbott. Kathryn lives with her husband and furry friend Max in the quiet suburbs of Green. Visit Kathryn online: KathrynLongAuthor.com.

Dandi Daley Mackall

Dandi Daley Mackall returns with three new books, including Bedtime in the Barnyard, the first in the Blessings in the Barnyard board book series, and Lucky for Winnie and Homesick Horse in the Winnie: The Early Years series. For adults, Three Wise Women celebrates Advent with Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna. With over 500 books to her name, Dandi has received prestigious awards, including the Edgar Award and the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature. She writes from rural Ohio. Connect with Dandi at DandiBooks.com and Facebook: @Dandi.Mackall.

Allison and Wayne Marks

Allison and Wayne Marks of Akron, Ohio, are the authors of several picture books and middle-grade novels, including The Art Lesson: A Shavuot Story, The $150,000 Rugelach, and Benny Feldman’s All-Star Klezmer Band, a 2022 Sydney Taylor Award notable book. Their latest book, Tizzy the Dizzy Dreidel, is a rhyming story of a balance-impaired top who is plucked from the floor by a hopeful four-year-old to perform a Hanukkah miracle. Hadassah Magazine wrote, “This is a sweet, clever story with a meaningful conclusion: “When winter’s chill has filled the air/ and dreidels start their dance,/ why not pick a dizzy one/ who only wants a chance?” Visit AllisonAndWayneMarks.comto connect online.

Olivia Matthews

Olivia Matthews is the cozy mystery pseudonym of national best-selling author Patricia Sargeant. Patricia writes romance as Patricia Sargeant and Regina Hart, and mysteries as Olivia Matthews. Her work has been reviewed in national publications such as Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, Suspense Magazine, Mystery Scene Magazine, Library Journal and RT Book Reviews. Patricia was drawn to write romance because she believes love is the greatest motivation. Her mysteries put ordinary people in extraordinary situations to have them find the Hero Inside. For more information about Patricia and her work, please visit PatriciaSargeant.com.

Katie Mazeika

Katie Mazeika is an award-winning author and illustrator who specializes in telling stories based on real people and events and likes to highlight disabled voices in her work. Her newest book Beulah Has A Hunch is a picture book biography about prolific inventor Beulah Henry, known as “Lady Edison.” Despite not having any math or science education, Beulah became one of the most prolific female inventors. She also understood, and talked openly about her own neurodiversity in the 1930’s. Katie currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. You can visit her online at KatieMazeika.com, Twitter “X”: @KDMAZ, and Instagram: @KDMAZART.

Steve McClain

Steve McClain is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter and guitarist, known for his numerous album and single releases. Originally from northeast Ohio and an alumnus of Kent State University, his music serves as a platform to share his mother’s story and his personal journey as a caregiver, son, musician, and MS patient. Explore his music and connect with Steve on his website:AtSteveMcClain.com, Facebook: @SteveMcClainMusic, Twitter “X”: @SMcClainMusic, and on YouTube.

Mindy McGinnis

Mindy McGinnis is an accomplished Edgar Award-winning novelist celebrated for her versatility across various genres, spanning from post-apocalyptic and historical fiction to thrilling mysteries, contemporary tales, and captivating fantasy. Her literary works consistently offer readers an unvarnished portrayal of human nature and the world we inhabit, characterized by their unflinching exploration of grit and truth. With a keen eye for storytelling, Mindy McGinnis’s novels continue to captivate and challenge readers across diverse landscapes.

Claire McMillan

Claire McMillan is the author of Alchemy of a Blackbird, Gilded Age, and The Necklace. She was the 2017–2018 Cuyahoga County Writer-in-Residence and currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, Massachusetts. She practiced law until 2003 and then received her MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. She grew up in Pasadena, California, and now lives on her husband’s family farm outside of Cleveland, Ohio, with their two children.

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David Meyers & Elise Meyers Walker

Columbus residents David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker have written numerous local histories, including their most recent book, The Kahiki Scrapbook: Relics of Ohio’s Lost Tiki Palace. A follow-up to Kahiki Supper Club, The Kahiki Scrapbook is a completely new collection of stories, images, and delicious recipes that explain why the Kahiki was such a historically, culturally, and sociologically important artifact of the twentieth century. David has also written several novels and works for the stage. Elise, his daughter, works as a freelance writer for national magazines. Follow them at ExplodingStove.com and @ExplodingStove on social media.

David Lee Morgan, Jr.

Following a long career in journalism, including 15 years at the Beacon Journal, David Lee Morgan Jr., a Warren, Ohio native who lives in Canton, is now a high school English teacher, public speaker, and author of nine books. Morgan’s current release is the story of Marion Motley, who was recognized as one of the gridiron’s most outstanding players when he was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968 in his hometown of Canton, Ohio. His legacy helped blaze a path for Black athletes in the highest echelons of professional sports, including baseball’s Jackie Robinson. Yet, his impact remains unknown to most Americans. Facebook: David Lee Morgan Jr.. Twitter: @DavidLeeMorgan Instagram: @davidleemvp, www.davidleemorganjr.com

Deni Naffziger

Deni Naffziger is from Athens, Ohio. Her most recent collection, Strange Bodies, gives poetic voice to the act of seeking, exploring what the mind and the self can intuit. In much the same way that physics broadens out from finite laws to theoretical questions engaging with infinite potential, this rich collection of poetry asks questions that seem at times essential, at times mysterious, and at times Socratic and philosophical invitations to the reader, always an acknowledgement that the questions are important. She currently serves as Poet-In-Residence at Passion Works Collaborative Community Studio, Athens, Ohio. @deninaff (instagram) Deni Naffziger Hackworth (Facebook)

Author Paula Johnson Neal

Author Paula Johnson Neal is based in Columbus, Ohio, where she draws inspiration from her vibrant community. Her impressive body of work includes two award-winning children’s books, I’m Gonna Have A Good Day and Breathe, Gabby, Breathe, both of which are dedicated to fostering social-emotional learning in young readers. To delve deeper into her literary world and explore her popular books, visit her website at PaulaJohnsonNeal.com. You can also connect with Paula on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram by following @paulajohnsonneal. Discover her heartwarming stories that resonate with children and parents alike.

Debbie Palen

Debbie Palen is a professional illustrator in children’s publishing. Her work has been recognized by the Educational Press Association, Print magazine, How magazine, Highlights for Children, and the 2020 Northern Lights Award in middle grade fiction. When not illustrating, she can be found walking in the woods, doing yoga, writing, reading kids’ books, dancing to many different kinds of music, or eating dark chocolate. Debbie lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with one human and one very fuzzy animal that might be a cat.

Merrill Rainey

Merrill Rainey, a cowboy-boot-wearing picture-book creator and paper-toy-maker, once spent his Saturdays drawing, watching monster movies, and embarking on imaginative adventures. His work champions creativity and imaginative play, with titles like Roar! I’m a Dinosaur, Oink! I’m a Pig, and the Color, Cut, Create series. His latest illustrated book, Giants Are Very Brave People, reimagines a classic tale of a little giant finding courage with a new friend’s help. Merrill’s contributions extend to children’s magazines like Highlights, Ranger Rick, and Humpty Dumpty. Explore his art at LittleRrainey.com or follow @LittleRainey on Instagram.

Dianna Rhyan

Dianna Rhyan is from Wooster, Ohio, is a multifaceted individual. With a PhD in Ancient Greek and Latin, she has delved deep into the realms of mythology, therapy, and nature writing. Her passion for Ohio’s scenic trails has led to a lifelong journey as a dedicated hiker. In her captivating work, Staff of Laurel, Staff of Ash, she weaves together ancient myths, sacred landscapes, forgotten realms, and the essence of nature goddesses. This enchanting narrative unfolds across diverse settings, from the picturesque Cuyahoga Valley to the storied lands of Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Near East.

Natalie D. Richards

New York Times bestselling author Natalie D. Richards, an Ohio native, has captivated readers with her nine pulse-pounding thrillers, including her latest release, Four Found Dead, which delves into the chilling suspense of a final shift gone awry at a deserted mall’s movie theater. In addition to her gripping suspense novels, Natalie is set to expand her literary horizons with the upcoming debut of her middle-grade book, 15 Secrets to Survival, scheduled for release on November 7, 2023. Her engaging storytelling has garnered a loyal following, and you can connect with Natalie on social media by following her @NatDRichards.

Jade Rush

Jade Rush, a Mentor, OH native and recent BGSU Grad, has published her first children’s book around climate change. From a young age, Jade has always had a passion for helping the planet. She wants children to learn about what is happening around them and provide them with different actions they can take to make an impact. Jade’s first book, Evelyn the Environmentalist Takes on Climate Change, encourages children to take action and positively impact their future. This book includes a wildflower seed page that children can tear out of the book and plant in their own backyard, and watch as it helps the bees and others in the environment around them.

John Schmid

Dianna Rhyan is from Wooster, Ohio, is a multifaceted individual. With a PhD in Ancient Greek and Latin, she has delved deep into the realms of mythology, therapy, and nature writing. Her passion for Ohio’s scenic trails has led to a lifelong journey as a dedicated hiker. In her captivating work, Staff of Laurel, Staff of Ash, she weaves together ancient myths, sacred landscapes, forgotten realms, and the essence of nature goddesses. This enchanting narrative unfolds across diverse settings, from the picturesque Cuyahoga Valley to the storied lands of Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Near East.

Kathy Schulz

Kathy Schulz is a distinguished retired college librarian, with her career centered at Wittenberg University. A native of Columbiana County, she boasts strong Ohio ties and holds degrees from three of the state’s esteemed universities. Residing in regions significant to the Underground Railroad, Kathy is passionate about dispelling the misconception that it operated primarily underground. Her published work, The Underground Railroad in Ohio, offers a comprehensive exploration of this vital historical chapter. For more insights, please go online and visit UndergroundRailroadOhio.com.

Erik Jon Slangerup

Erik Jon Slangerup, a child of the eighties, found his inspiration for writing tales of adventure while exploring the outdoors without the distractions of cell phones and the internet. He crafted the middle-grade “Far Flung Falls” series, including Molly and the Machine and Molly and the Mutants. Erik’s talent extends to picture books, with the award-winning Dirt Boy among his creations. Beyond his literary adventures, Erik is the proud father of six and calls Columbus, Ohio, his home. Explore more of his work at ErikJonSlangerup.com.

Jennifer Sommer

Jennifer Sommer is from Kettering, Ohio. Nancy Grace Roman loved the stars from a young age and dreamed to one day become an astronomer. But when she was young, it wasn’t easy for a girl to pursue her passion, especially one in science. Discover the perseverance necessary to overcome the obstacles placed before her, not only to study the stars, but to eventually make the space telescope a reality for NASA as Chief of Astronomy, and ultimately become nicknamed the “Mother of Hubble.” Social Media is @Uu_Jennifer. Discover more JenniferSommer.Weebly.com

Tricia Springstubb

Tricia is the author of award-winning books for readers of all ages. Her newest middle grade novels, The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe and Looking for True, now available in paperback, are funny, wise, big-hearted stories about the joys and challenges of growing up. A frequent speaker at schools, libraries and conferences, Tricia lives in Cleveland Heights. Find out more online at TriciaSpringstubb.com or on Facebook @Tricia.Springstubb

Jessica Strawser

Jessica Strawser is the author of popular book club fiction, and she returns to Buckeye Book Fair from Cincinnati, Ohio, with not one but two new featured titles this year: The brand-new paperback edition of The Next Thing You Know, her 2022 People Magazine “Best New Novels” pick widely praised as “Me Before You meets A Star is Born”, and exclusive early paperbacks of her new domestic suspense, The Last Caretaker, which is perfect for fans of her 2018 Book of the Month bestseller, Not That I Could Tell. Find her on Facebook and Instagram @JessicaStrawserAuthor or visit JessicaStrawser.com to learn more.

Conrad J. Storad

Conrad J. Storad is the award-winning author or editor of more than 60 science and nature books for young readers. He also writes a monthly science/nature column called “Conrad’s Classroom” in Story Monsters Ink, a national-award winning e-magazine. Many of Storad’s books reflect his
interest and fascination with Nature’s amazing plants and creatures. An accomplished storyteller, Storad has “edu-tained” more than 1 million students and teachers across the nation with his programs and writing workshops that promote reading and science literacy. After 33 years living and working in Tempe, Arizona, Conrad and wife Laurie now live in their hometown of Barberton, Ohio, where he was a 2017 honoree on the city’s Walk of Fame.

Brian W. Stewart

“Brian W. Stewart is from Columbus, Ohio. Brian is the founder and president of BWS Education Consulting, Inc., a boutique tutoring and test preparation company based in Columbus, Ohio. Brian is a nationally recognized test preparation expert, having over 30,000 hours of direct instructional experience with a wide variety of learners from all over the world. He has achieved a perfect score on the SAT, helped hundreds of students reach their college admissions goals, and presented on best tutoring practices at national conferences.

Joe Sutphin

Joe Sutphin is an illustrator and cartoonist of children’s books and graphic novels. His body of work includes the official graphic novelization of Richard Adams’s masterwork Watership Down, the re-envisioned edition of Helen Taylor’s timeless classic Little Pilgrim’s Progress, Andrew Peterson’s beloved Wingfeather Saga, and many others. His love of nature and the living creatures in the fields and woods around his home has informed his art for much of his life. Joe lives in a barn in Ohio with his wife Gina and a bunch of cats. You can follow Joe on Instagram: @JoeSutphin

Thao Thai

Thao Thai, acclaimed author of Banyan Moon, shines with accolades from the Washington Post and Elle, who praise her work as “radiant” and “a riveting mother-daughter tale.” Her literary talents have graced publications like the Los Angeles Review of Books, WIRED, Elle, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, Catapult, and The Sunday Long Read. Thao’s novel earned prestigious titles such as the July Read with Jenna book, Barnes & Noble July Discover pick, Indie Next selection, Indies Introduce Title, and Book of the Month pick. Banyan Moon weaves an evocative tale of three generations of Vietnamese American women, unveiling inherited burdens, hidden secrets, and improbable love stories. Instagram: @Thao_Writes.

Note: Thao Thai will be speaking at 10:00am and signing books until 12:00pm in Room D.

Chante Thomas

Chante Thomas

Author Chante Thomas is from Beachwood, Ohio. She is a lifelong teacher, beginning her 29th year and self-published author of four diverse children’s books. Sean and The Book Cures The Great Sacrifice …Can You Spare A Kidney? is a sweet story that teaches the readers how to support a friend or family member by learning about things that are scary. This research journey takes away character Blake’s scared feelings. Please visit ChanteThomasBooks.com for more information about the author and her stories. Social Media: @ChanteThomasBooks

Samantha Tucker and Amy Spears

Samantha Tucker (@tuckersamantha) and Amy Spears (@wittyknits) are passionate roller derby enthusiasts based in Columbus, Ohio. Their debut book, Collective Chaos: A Roller Derby Memoir, offers a captivating journey through the evolution of modern roller derby, as seen through the experiences of Ohio’s inaugural team. This dynamic duo’s unique perspective adds depth to the sport’s history and its impact on their community.

Dr. James Van Keuren

Dr. James Van Keuren, former Dean of the Dwight Schar College of Education, lives in the community and has written multiple books about Ohio’s history. Brook Park evolved into an industrial hub in the Midwest, and the area became home to Ford’s second-largest manufacturing complex. The historical images in the book illustrate the roles Brook Park played in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, NASA Glenn Research Center, vehicle manufacturing and this area becoming an airport center (Cleveland Hopkins International Airport). Today NASA employs over 3,000 people, and Ford’s Engine Plant No. 1 employs more 1,700. The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country which shapes the character of the community today.

Carmella Van Vleet

Carmella Van Vleet is a former teacher and the author of over a dozen books for kids. These include the 2023 Ohioana Book Award Finalist Nothing Is Little, and the Christopher Award winning Eliza Bing Is Not a Big, Fat Quitter. Her latest book, You Gotta Meet Mr. Pierce! (co-authored with Chiquita Mullins Lee and illustrated by Jennifer Mack-Watkins), introduces young readers to folk artist Elijah Pierce, a woodcarver from Columbus. You can learn more at CarmellaVanVleet.com or follow her on Twitter “X”: @CarVanVleet. Carmella lives in Lewis Center, OH.

Abby L. Vandiver

Abby L. Vandiver, also known as Abby Collette and Cade Bentley, is a versatile and acclaimed author from Cleveland, Ohio. With a career spanning various genres, she holds titles as a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestselling author. Starting in 2013 with self-published works, including the captivating “In the Beginning” series, she later ventured into cozy mysteries, creating four series. Abby also co-authored a historical/women’s fiction novel and entered traditional publishing with the Romaine Wilder Mysteries series. Her academic background in economics and law led to a transition to full-time writing, where she now shares her expertise through teaching and serving as the Writer in Residence at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Public Library’s William L. Skirball Writer’s Center.

Lindsay Ward

Lindsay Ward lives in Peninsula, Ohio. She is the author/illustrator of over 30 books for children, including the Amazon Bestselling Dexter T. Rexter series. Her newest books include Pink Is Not a Color, The Capitol: A Meet the Capital Book, Jessie Queen of the Road, and Trusty Town Hall: A Community Helpers Book. For more information about Lindsay visit her online at LindsayMWard.com or follow her on Twitter “X” or Instagram @LindsayMWard.

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Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Andrew Welsh-Huggins is the Shamus, Derringer, and International Thriller Writers-award-nominated author of the Andy Hayes Private Eye series and editor of Columbus Noir. Kirkus calls his new crime novel, The End of The Road, ‘A crackerjack crime yarn chockablock with miscreants and a supersonic pace,” while Library Journal included it on its list of “The Best Thrillers of the Year (So Far).” Follow Andrew on Social Media @AWHColumbus, or by visiting his website at AndrewWelshHuggins.com.

Brieanna Wilkoff

Brieanna Wilkoff (she/her) believes wholeheartedly in the power of kindness, the importance of theatre, and the awesomeness of ’80s rock, all of which feature in her debut young adult novel, I’ll Be There for You. Her forthcoming YA novels include Shatterproof (fall 2024), about a girl with cancer who vows to make the most of whatever time she has left, and Humbly Yours, Juliet (winter 2025), about an English class that writes letters asking “Juliet” for love advice only to find the letters posted online. Brieanna lives in Westerville, Ohio, with her husband, daughter, and dog. For more information, and to sign up for her newsletter, visit BrieannaWilkoff.com. You can also follow her on Twitter “X”@BrieannaWilkoff, Instagram @Brieanna_Wilkoff, or Facebook @Brieanna Wilkoff Author.

Ashley Willow

Ashley Willow resides just outside of Wooster, Ohio. Aside from her family (including fur family, of course), her greatest loves are writing and reading. She can always be found with a book, her laptop, and sometimes both. After several years working in the medical field, this novel was a true labor of love. Stars of Life has the romance to give all the feels along with exciting medical drama. Follow her on social media to get the the inside scoop. Tiktok: @AshleyWillowWrites, Instagram: @Author_Ashley_Willow, and Facebook: Author Ashley Willow

Misty Wilson and David Wilson

Misty and David Wilson are the husband-and-wife team behind Play Like a Girl, their debut middle grade graphic memoir about when Misty played football on the boys’ team in seventh grade, which earned a starred review from Booklist and was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Both Misty and David are teachers and voracious readers. They live in Stow, Ohio with their two daughters. For more information, visit MistyWilsonWrites.com or WorkDavidWork.com, or visit them on Instagram: @MistyWilsonWrites & @DownPourDW.

Thomas Wolf

Thomas Wolf is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Wolf has written numerous articles on baseball history and is the coauthor of Midnight Assassin: A Murder in America’s Heartland and The Plea: The True Story of Young Wesley Elkins and His Struggle for Redemption. His book, The Called Shot: Babe Ruth, the Chicago Cubs, and the Unforgettable Major League Baseball Season of 1932, was released as a paperback in April. ThomasWolfBooks.com for more information.

Merrill Wyatt

Merrill Wyatt is from Toledo, Ohio and is the author of the humorous middle grade mystery series, Tangled Up in Luck series. All three books take place in Northwest and North Central Ohio, with the most recent book – Tangled Up in Mayhem – set in Cedar Point. Check out her website: AuthorMerrillWyatt.com and on social media Twitter “X”: @eMrrill_Wwyatt, and Instagram: @Author_Merrill_Wyatt

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Doyle Yoder

Doyle Yoder, based in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, brings more than 25 years of expertise in photography, ad design, and top-notch digital color printing to the region. Specializing in posters, banners, and signage, as well as publishing and printing brochures and catalogs, Doyle also offers a captivating line of Amish Country products featuring his photography. From calendars to jigsaw puzzles and Giclee prints, his work captures the essence of Amish Country, rural scenes, and more. Additionally, he provides custom canvas printing services and operates state-of-the-art printers for various printing needs, including outdoor printing, fine art Giclee prints, and short-run color materials. Explore Doyle’s captivating photo website: DYPinc.com

Scott Zanon

Scott Zanon, an experienced gardener from Upper Arlington, Ohio, and a dedicated member of its Tree Commission, holds degrees in Agronomy and Horticulture from The Ohio State University. He’s authored three tree books and this is his debut children’s book, The ABCs of Trees – A First Book about Trees (2022). Concerned about children’s screen time, Scott’s book playfully encourages outdoor exploration, fostering an appreciation for nature and agriculture. His goal is to inspire future agriculturalists. For more, visit www.DesirableTrees.com.