Barbara Gray reads the Thanksgiving story Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie from the book Haunted Holidays: Twelve Months of Kentucky Ghosts by Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown.

Books by the Banks is Today!

Oct 16, 2015
Artist: David Michael Beck

Sandy Bolek from Books by the Banks joins Mark with all the information visitors to the annual book festival will need, including some authors who have recently signed on and a rundown of the author panels and spotlights that will happen throughout the event.

The popularity of bourbon has surged during the past decade. As evidence, just look at the number of bars locally dedicated to the drink. In Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker, award-winning whiskey writer and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick creates an easy-to-read interactive tasting journey that helps you select barrel-aged bourbons based on your flavor preferences.

This interview originally aired May 8, 2015.

The new book, Walking Cincinnati, by Danny Korman and Katie Meyer, is a guide through the historical, architectural, and culinary sites in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The book focuses on the human-interest stories connected with the places noted along the book’s 32 walking tours, and unveils some of the more fascinating aspects of Greater Cincinnati. 

Books by the Banks Non-Fiction Authors

Oct 9, 2015

Sandy Bolek from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and Michael Link from Joseph Beth Booksellers are back to continue our look at some of the non-fiction authors who will be at this year's Books by the Banks Festival.

Fred Minnick: Bourbon Curious

Oct 2, 2015

In Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker, award-winning whiskey writer and Wall Street Journal-best-selling author Fred Minnick debunks bourbon myths, provides distillery production methods, and creates an easy-to-read interactive tasting journey that helps you select bourbons based on flavor preferences and bourbon styles.

Books by the Banks Fiction Authors

Oct 2, 2015

Sandy Bolek from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and Michael Link from Joseph Beth Booksellers are back to highlight some of the fiction authors you can find at this year's Books by the Banks Festival.

Will Hillenbrand: All for a Dime!

Sep 25, 2015

It's Market Day! Bear has picked delicious blueberries. Mole has dug up yummy worms. Their friend Skunk made a new kind of perfume she knows will be a gigantic hit. The trio can't wait to make big piles of dimes. But there are surprises both good and bad in store for the three friends as the farmers market gets underway.

Books by the Banks Kids Corner and Teen Scene

Sep 25, 2015

It's all about engaging young readers as Sandy Bolek from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and Michael Link from Joseph Beth Booksellers tell us about the updated Kids Corner and Teen Scene available at the 2015 Books by the Banks Festival.

Leah Stewart: The New Neighbor

Sep 18, 2015

How much can you really know about the woman next door?

From Leah Stewart, the critically acclaimed author of The History of Us and The Myth of You and Me, The New Neighbor explores the secrets that bind people together and drive them apart.

Books by the Banks Panels & Workshops

Sep 18, 2015

Sandy Bolek from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and Michael Link from Joseph Beth Booksellers stop by to share more information about the various panels and workshops available at the 2015 Books by the Banks Festival.

William Plunkett: The G-Man and the Diamond King

Sep 11, 2015

The G-Man and the Diamond King: A True FBI Crime Story of the 1930s is not only the story of two men whose paths crossed in a backyard shootout with tragic results, but it is, too, the story of one of America's most dangerously exciting decades and the birth of modern crime-fighting.

Books by the Banks Author Awards

Sep 11, 2015

Cincinnati's Books by the Banks festival will recognize the best of the best with its first-ever Author Awards. These awards are meant to honor the abilities of the writers, and to say thank you for making the festival one of the best in the country.

Books by the Banks Creative Writing Contest

Sep 4, 2015

The 2015 Books by the Banks Book Festival will  feature a creative writing contest.

Join Jeff Suess as he delves into the mystery and legacy of Cincinnati's lost landmarks in Lost Cincinnati.

Leanne Brown’s cookbook, GOOD AND CHEAP: Eat Well on $4/Day, is a handy guide for anyone who wants to prepare nutritious, good-tasting recipes. But it is especially useful for low-income individuals and families. Ms. Brown believes kitchen skills, and not budget, are the key to great, wholesome food.  And she has made her book available to families in need across the country. 

In 1900, William Howard Taft began an appointment under President William McKinley as Governor-General of the Philippines. Because of the success of that trip, in 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt dispatched Taft on a mission to China, Japan, and the Philippines to further improve U.S.-Asian relations.

Book review: Jane Durrell reviews Harper Ever After: The Early Work of Charley and Edie Harper by Charley Harper, their son Brett Harper and Sara Pearce.

Gateway City: Covington, Kentucky

Jun 5, 2015

This year, the city of Covington, KY celebrates its bicentennial. Find out about some of the events surrounding the Covington@200 celebration from Paul Tenkotte, James Claypool and Dave Schroeder - editors of the book Gateway City: Covington, Kentucky, 1815-2015.

Richard O. Jones was a longtime writer for The Hamilton Journal-News, but he has now embarked on a new career as true crime historian.

A new book looks at Cincinnati's Wurlitzer family

May 15, 2015

Author Mark Palkovic has delved in to the history of one of our more prominent local family names in his new book Wurlitzer of Cincinnati: The Name That Means Music to Millions.

Sharon M. Draper: Stella by Starlight

May 7, 2015

When the Ku Klux Klan’s reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in Sharon Draper's Stella by Starlight.


 The Emmy-award winning Orange is the New Black, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name, depicts her arrest, conviction and incarceration for drug-trafficking. But the book and Netflix series are from only Kerman’s perspective. Now, Cleary Wolters, the real life Alex Vause from the show, tells her side of the story in a new book, Out of Orange. She joins us to discuss her experiences.

Robert Glinski: The Friendship of Criminals

Apr 24, 2015

When a new head of the Italian mob threatens Port Richmond's long entrenched Polish crime boss Anton Bielakowski the various criminal factions of Philadelphia don't know who to trust and the promise of war simmers in the underworld. With the help of the FBI monitoring Anton's every move, it's all just a question of who's going to go to jail first... or die.

  Jillian Daugherty was born with Down syndrome. Her father, Paul Daugherty, long-time sports columnist for The Cincinnati Enquirer, has just published a book about Jillian and their family. In “An Uncomplicated Life: A Father's Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter,” he tells stories about Jillian’'s challenges and triumphs, boundless capacity for joy, and what we can all learn from her approach to life.

Shari Goldhagen: In Some Other World, Maybe

Jan 30, 2015

In December 1992, three separate groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie adaptation of a famous comic book. Over the next two decades, these characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy.

Partially set in Cincinnati, this razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner, In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.

Bryn Mooth: The Findlay Market Cookbook

Jan 2, 2015

The Findlay Market Cookbook showcases the benefits of shopping, cooking and eating locally—benefits to the environment, our health and well-being, our quality of life, the small businesses in our community. It supports Cincinnati food businesses and celebrates our local food ecosystem.

Snowman's Story: Will Hillenbrand

Dec 12, 2014

One wintry day, a hat lands on the head of a newly made snowman and brings him to life. Hiding inside the hat is a rabbit, who listens to the snowman read a story to some animal friends. When the snowman falls asleep, the rabbit hops away with the book. But the snowman isn't about to let his story—or the mischievous rabbit—get away. The chase is on!

Filled with charm and fun, Snowman's Story is cleverly designed to let kids tell their own version of the story.

  At the age of 17, Dottie Kamenshek of Cincinnati was drafted to play for the Rockford Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.  Many agree the  Dottie Hinson character in the movie A League of Their Own drew at least in some part  from her life.

Piper Hawkins: Visions of Light: A Christmas Story

Nov 21, 2014

When young Alice and her kindly old neighbor, Mr. Fredricks (who always reminds Alice of Santa Claus), accidentally collide in the hall of their apartment building, his glasses fall off — and that’s when the magic begins! Alice puts on the glasses out of curiosity and is enchanted to see what Mr. Fredricks sees: the love and light in others. Join Alice and Mr. Fredricks on a magical journey down Main Street, and let Mr. Fredricks show how kindness towards others makes a difference in us all.

Inspired by Cincinnati's Books by the Banks festival, 9-year old Piper Hawkins decided that she wanted to publish one of her own stories. With a little help from her mother and a successful Kickstarter campaign, she's published her first book entitled Visions of Light: A Christmas Story