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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)

Diversity Dominates What Hamilton County Read In 2018

Ann Thompson

"I feel that 2018 was a huge year for diverse books," says one department manager at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. "Books about people of all colors and creeds and ethnicities, just telling stories about their experiences. I saw that much more in 2018 than I have seen previously, especially getting awards and getting critical acclaim."

Ella Mulford works at the Main Library and manages the Popular Library, which means she watches what goes out the door and what stays on the shelves.

She says among non-fiction titles, popular memoirs include Michelle Obama's Becoming and books on the heroin epidemic, like Dopesick. "People are still in that cycle of wanting to know more and more and more."

Books that were adapted for television or the big screen always prove popular, Mulford says. Crazy Rich Asians and The Handmaid's Tale were published before 2018, but still drew fans thanks to being on the screen. "If we know a movie is coming out or a TV show is coming, when we find that out we order lots of copies in advance," she says. "When I went to read Crazy Rich Asians it already had 200 people on hold list."

Mulford compiled a list of some of the most popular books at the Main Library:

Best Adult - Fiction

? An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

? Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

? There, There by Tommy Orange

? A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua

? The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Best Adult - Nonfiction

? Becoming by Michelle Obama

? Eloquent Rage by Britteny Cooper

? Dopesick by Beth Macy

? Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

? Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Best Young Adult Books

? Blood, Water, Paint by Joy McCullough

? Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

? Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu

? Tales From the Inner City by Shaun Tan

? Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Best Children's Books

? Picture Book: Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

? Picture Book: Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

? Early Reader: Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott

? Middle Grade Reader: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

? Middle Grade Reader: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Update: Jan 1, 2019: This story has been updated to correct the name of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library.