Book Bits: Meaningful Conversations.

The Buckeye Book Fair invites over 100 authors and illustrators to partner for the annual literacy events. Our roster is carefully selected, with artists/authors chosen on the basis of artistic and production excellence, the ability to effectively communicate with students, teachers, and readers, and the overall needs of the community, libraries, and schools we serve.


Saturday, November 6th

Greystone Event Center | Wooster, OH 44691

~all conversations are 30 minute Q & A sessions~

10:00am a Conversation with Peter Graham Dunn

Unlikely Entrepreneur – from China to Amish Country.

P. Graham Dunn is more than the number one supplier of U.S.-made wall décor. The company is the namesake of Peter Dunn, a China-born missionary kid who grew a business that started in the basement of a group home for young women in New York City and became a multimillion-dollar enterprise.

Peter shares the moving story of being raised far from his missionary parents; his years of wandering as a young adult and getting married. You’ll discover more than just a business story in this conversation with Peter.

11:00am a Conversation with Jerzy Drozd

Cartoonist and Teaching Artist

Jerzy Drozd co-authored the graphic novel Science Comics: Rockets with his wife Anne. He is one of the artists of The Warren Commission Report. He leads cartooning workshops for children and teens in libraries and schools, as well as for teachers who want to bring comics to the classroom.

He also podcasts about comics and how to make them. Drozd has drawn special projects for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, Marvel Comics, VIZ Media, and others. He is currently working on his next graphic novel, Baron von Bear and the Case of the Two-Faced Statue, which will be released by Iron Circus Comics in 2023.

12:00pm a Conversation with Liz Ball

Liz Ball’s Hidden Picture Puzzle Program helps students improve spatial skills, eye coordination and concentration while encouraging creativity with entertaining hands-on activities.

Find out how and why Liz serves kids with her hidden picture puzzles, apron full of pens, and zany posters. Liz sets the mood for hidden picture puzzle fun!

Hear stories of how students lives change as they get involved in learning how to draw their own hidden picture puzzle.

1:00pm a Conversation with Jyotsna Sreenivasan

Jyotsna Sreenivasan was born and raised in northeastern Ohio for the most part, although she also lived briefly in Toronto, Canada and Bangalore, India. Her parents are from India. She has an MA in English literature from the University of Michigan, and she have lived in Washington, DC and Moscow, Idaho. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. 

Ohio author Jyotsna Sreenivasan tells second generation Indian-American stories in her new short story collection “These Americans,” released on May 3, 2021.

2:00pm a Conversation with Jeff Craig

Hidden Map Maker

Talk with the investigator who created Hidden Maps and Map in Black. This mysterious map of North America reveals military and governmental installations, crytoexplosion zones, volcanoes, national parks, and celebrates extensive road networks, cities and towns of North America.

a map showing north america

3:00pm a Conversation with Marc Crail

Luckiest Man in the World: 45 years of being an Educator

“I enjoyed every minute of each of my jobs. I was very fortunate to have worked with extraordinary kids, some of the best teachers in the universe in communities (mostly small to middle-sized towns) where education was a high priority and for caring and thoughtful school boards who gave me the opportunity to do the things I believed would make a real difference for our students. No one has been luckier than me.”

Teachers have long been undervalued, as well as underpaid, but the work they do is incredibly important to our society and to the future of America. We must allow and encourage our teachers to be creative to meet the unique needs of their students.  Textbooks and state tests have value but relationships among parents, teachers and students are far more important.

Let us know if you’d like to partner. We’re happy to connect you with the authors and illustrators!