Ohio University Press book inspires festival
Sept. 6, 2007
A book that Ohio University Press published this year is the inspiration behind the first annual Ohioana Book Festival, "A 'Good Roots' Celebration."
The free event open to the public, will take place Sept. 14 and 15 in Columbus. The Ohioana Library and the State Library of Ohio will host the main festival activities from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15. The activities on Sept. 14 will include afternoon visits to local schools and other organizations.
The festival is expected to attract approximately 2,000 visitors, including honorary festival chair and Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland, who will deliver the opening remarks.
"The book festival will give Ohioans of all ages a chance to spend two days learning about literature and celebrating some of the country's most acclaimed authors," Strickland said. "Events like this remind us of our rich literary history and the creativity and talent we have in Ohio."
The festival theme stems from the book "Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio," which Ohio University Press published last winter. Nineteen distinguished writers from all corners of the state contributed essays and poems to the collection, which has pulled positive reviews statewide and nationally.
Ten of the "Good Roots" authors will participate in the festival, which will feature readings, book signings and panel discussions with the authors and book critics from Ohio newspapers. Two of the authors have Ohio University connections. On Sept. 15, Elizabeth Dodd, daughter of Distinguished Professor of English Wayne Dodd, will give a reading at 1 p.m. and alumnus Dale Keiger will give a reading at 3 p.m. All of the writers will participate in a panel discussion at 10:30 a.m.
"We are very pleased to be involved in this inaugural book festival," said OU Press Director David Sanders. "It's an event that not only promotes our book, but the wealth of contemporary authors who regard Ohio as home."
For more information about the Ohioana Book Festival, including a complete list of participants, directions and a schedule of events, visit www.ohioanabookfestival.org.
For information about "Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio," visit www.ohioswallow.com/book/Good+Roots.