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The 13th Annual Books By The Banks Cincinnati USA Book Festival will be held Saturday, October 26 the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. Along with more than 100 authors who will talk with patrons and sign copies of their books, there will be author panels and discussions; a kids zone and teen scene with a variety of activities and entertainment; sponsor tables; and an onsite bookstore from Joseph Beth Booksellers.Cincinnati Public Radio will have a table - stop by and say hi to the hosts and staff, sign-up to win a CD or other prize, and let us know what you think about our stations! This event is free to attend, and runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.More information can be found at booksbythebanks.org.91.7 WVXU is a proud media partner.We've had the opportunity to interview, or review, many of the authors you'll meet at this year's Books by the Banks . Here's a list if you'd like to hear from one of your favorites! BBTB 2019 AUTHORS WHO HAVE BEEN ON WVXU THIS YEARConnie Dow: From A to Z with Energy! 26 Ways to Move and PlayTerry Gamble: The EulogistJessica Strawser: Forget You Know MeAlexander Watson: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, AmericaMargaret McMullan: Where The Angels LivedCandace Ganger: Six Goodbyes We Never SaidBook Review: Dan and Judy Dourson: Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge and the Greater Red River BasinJohn Kachuba: Shapeshifters: A HistoryDan Woellert: Cincinnati Goetta: A Delectable HistoryKaren Abbott: The Ghosts Of Eden ParkBook Review: Constance J. Moore and Nancy M. Broermann: Maria Longworth Storer: From Music and Art to Popes and PresidentsPauletta Hansel:When She Was Done (a Mother's Day poem)Coal Town Photograph (Father's Day poems)Sherry Stanforth and Richard Hague: Riparian: Poetry, Short Prose, and Photographs Inspired by the Ohio River (airing on November 24)Rick Kennedy: 100 Years of Reimagining Flight (Cincinnati Edition)Jack Heffron: Classic Reds: The 50 Greatest Games in Cincinnati Reds History (Cincinnati Edition)Michael Morgan: Cincinnati Beer (Cincinnati Edition)Greg Rhodes and John Erardi: Baseball Revolutionaries: How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Rocked the Country and Made Baseball Famous (Cincinnati Edition)David Bell: LayoverWilliam Plunkett: The G-Men and the Nurse: A 1929 Washington Cold CaseJillian Scudder: Astroquizzical: A Curious Journey Through Our Cosmic Family Tree (Looking Up podcast)

The Books Kentuckians (And WVXU Staffers) Are Falling Into This Autumn

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Last check, we thought it was just Cincinnatians who were obsessed with reading James Patterson. As it turns out, Northern Kentuckians are enamored with him, too.

As summer comes to a close, we asked the Kenton County Public Library what its members are checking out for fall, and it is nearly all James Patterson novels. Kentucky teens show off a more eclectic selection, while little ones in the Bluegrass State are devouring the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Let the below list inspire what you pick up to read this fall, and in case you've already gotten through Patterson's extensive canon (or you just aren't into mysteries), WVXU staff also share what they're currently reading. We promise there is not a James Patterson book among them.


  1. The Inn, James Patterson
  2. Where The Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens 
  3. The Warning, James Patterson 
  4. The 18th Abduction, James Patterson 
  5. The Cornwalls Are Gone, James Patterson


  1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins 
  2. Turtles All the Way Down, John Green 
  3. The Giver, Lois Lowry 
  4. The Outsiders, S.E. Hilton 
  5. House of Salt and Sorrows, Erin A. Craig 


  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Jeff Kinney 
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, Jeff Kinney
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, Jeff Kinney
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway, Jeff Kinney
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, Jeff Kinney

WVXU Staff

"I just finished The Lying Game by Ruth Ware and found it to be better than some of her other works, in my opinion. As for this fall, I've decided to embark upon the alphabetical journey laid out by Sue Grafton. I just picked up A Is for Alibi." –Tana Weingartner, reporter

"I'm not readying anything, but after many years of badgering, my daughter Hannah is finally reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, because she became obsessed with the show on Amazon Prime. Now she keeps quoting things to me that I've known since 1990." –Jodi Franks, assistant traffic associate

"I'm reading Tim Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work. Why? I like Tim Gunn. Will I actually read it is another question. I will try to squeeze it in between watching The Hills: New Beginnings (I am so worried about Audrina and Justin Bobby's relationship) and anything that's on the tellie." –Robert Pearse, corporate sales representative  

"A Small Death In Lisbon by Robert Wilson. There was a certain something in the title that caught my ear. I just like the ring of it. A marvelously written mystery that jumps back and forth between World War II and late '90s Portugal." –Bill Rinehart, reporter and All Things Considered host

"I'm reading Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball. I'm curious how a white man learning about his family's history of owning African slaves impacts his understanding of who he is and where he comes from." –Ambriehl Crutchfield, reporter

"The Girl in the Rearview Mirror. I saw it on the library shelf under 'new.' I'm easy that way!" –Sherri Mancini, vice president for development

"River Queens by Alexander Watson. This is a true, if unlikely tale, of two men and an old boat, brought back from a state of neglect and disrepair to shimmering, elegant polished wood elegance. The fact that they are a gay couple with no boating experience, maneuvering the world of river people adds a lot of space to the story. Great characters and a world I know nothing about makes this a fascinating read. And, the author will be at this year's Books by the Banks!" [Editor's note: The two also spoke with Cincinnati Edition last November.] – Elaine Diehl, WGUC host

"Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, A Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard. I have read other books by this author that I have thoroughly enjoyed so I thought I would give this one a try. So far, so good." –Pete Pickering, corporate sales manager

"Five Years To Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW by James Rowe. Really puts whatever I think is 'stressful' into perspective. Once he got back home, he started the survival school that the military branches still use today, SERE." –Andy Ellis, WGUC host

"Mainly college football TV listings." Dave Schermer, production assistant

Jennifer Merritt brings 20 years of "tra-digital" journalism experience to WVXU, having served in various digital roles for such legacy publications as InStyle and Parade, as well as start-ups like Levo League and iVillage. She helped these outlets earn several awards, including MIN's 2015 Digital Team of the Year. She graduated from Rutgers University with a journalism major and English minor and has continued her education with professional development classes through the Poynter Institute, Columbia University and PMJA. Before moving to Cincinnati from New York in 2016, she vowed her son would always call it "soda" and not "pop." She has so far been successful in this endeavor.