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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)

Check Out Greater Cincinnati's Most Circulated Titles Of 2019

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The biggest headlines of 2019 overwhelmed many. On the local level, we thought we were done with the Gang of Five, and then we weren't. There were tensions over TIF districts and former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's pardons, to name a few. On the national level, "disinformation" is the word of the year, and we can't even agree on when the decade ends. Oh - and did we mention impeachment

No wonder then the area's most circulated titles of 2019 are (mostly) escapist fun. 

In Ohio

"To ring in the New Year, we're announcing the most circulated titles of 2019, genre by genre," the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's tweeted late last month. Here's what they revealed:

Top Adult Fiction Book

Delia Owens' Where the Crawdads Sing follows two timelines - one chronicling the isolated life of an abandoned young girl living in the marsh of North Carolina; and the other, the murder investigation of the town's star high school quarterback and resident rich kid. The two are intertwined, but to say how would be to spoil it.  

Crawdads landed on The New York Times' list of Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 and was selected for Reese Witherspoon's book club. The actress also bought the movie rights - so if you haven't read it yet, you'll want to get on the library's waiting list for it now. 

Top Adult Nonfiction Book

It should be no surprise to see former first lady Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming here - it's been making appearances on such lists since 2018, the year it was released. 

Top Teen Book 

YA readers couldn't get enough of Jenny Han's To All The Boys I've Loved Before, and for good reason: It's every person's worst nightmare. In it, character Lara Jean writes - and hides - love letters to all the boys she's pined over. Then one day those letters accidentally get sent.

In 2018, Netflix turned the 2014 book into a movie, with a sequel coming just in time for Valentine's Day this year. 

Top Kids Book

The Pokémon Adventures series claims the top spot for early readers - those kids just gotta get 'em all. 

In Kentucky

The Kenton County Public Library also released its list of not just the year, but the decade. It includes:

Top Adult Fiction Book 

Delia Owens' Crawdads strikes again. Seriously, you'll want to get on that waiting list stat. 

Top Adult Nonfiction Book

Rachel Hollis is a blogger and motivational speaker. Her first self-help book, Girl, Wash Your Face, has remained atop many bestseller lists since its debut in 2018.  One Amazon reviewer raved, "Girl, Wash Your Face has changed my life, yes I realise how dramatic that sounds. But it's true! I'm 37 and feel like I've just learnt the skills I need to make my life the best it can possibly be thanks to this book."

Top Teen Book

Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series takes the title here. In fact, it occupies all five spots on the juvenile fiction list.

Top Kids Book 

Cincinnati's own leading lady - we're talking Fiona the hippo, of course - is everyone's favorite, and that includes the book Saving Fiona, by Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director and host of WVXU's "90 Second Naturalist" podcast.