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2019 summer reads
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James Patterson, James Patterson, James Patterson. Cincinnati readers really like James Patterson.

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Many Cincinnatians remember the tragic and disturbing case of Donald Harvey, the notorious mass murderer who hid in plain sight and may be responsible for up to 87 deaths. That story, along with several others, are detailed in a new book by former profiler and FBI Special Agent John Douglas

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Ani DiFranco is one of the most acclaimed, most celebrated singer/songwriters of a generation, and she has just released her memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream. She's on the phone with WGUC host Elaine Diehl to talk about her life of music making, social activism and motherhood. 

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William Dean Howells was born in Martinsville, Ohio, in 1837 and went on to become a significant literary figure, earning the nickname the "Dean of American Letters." A novelist, critic, playwright and editor of The Atlantic Monthly, Howells forged friendships with the likes of Mark Twain, Henry James and Oliver Wendell Holmes. 

nora mcinenry
Courtesy of Brandon Werth

Nora McInerny gets recognized by strangers. People come up to her in the grocery store, or on the street. They know about her podcast or her books or her advice series. But they're not looking for a selfie with a semi-celeb. McInerny is a grief magnet. These brief interactions are filled with tragic stories strangers want to tell her. That's because she's been there. She's still there.

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It was called the "Crime of the Century."

Award-winning fantasy novelist (the Binti trilogy) and author of Black Panther comic books, Nnedi Okorafor, is coming to town for an appearance at the downtown branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

A new book from Arcadia Publishing spotlights the rich visual history of the iconic Cincinnati Art Museum. Editor Geoff Edwards and Jill Dunne, Director of Marketing and Communications from the Museum discuss the book, part of Arcadia's "Images of America" series and available in the museum's gift shop , in this conversation with Lee Hay. 

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Courtesy Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton's fifth children's book introduces readers to a variety of endangered animals and the threats to them. Like her other books, including the #1 New York Times best selling picture book She Persists, Clinton has focused on encouraging activism in her young readers.

The final book of poems from the late local poet Aralee Strange, The Road Itself, will be celebrated at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati on Friday, April 26. 

npr book club
Courtesy of Deepa Bhattacharya

Never judge a book by its cover, the old saying goes. When WVXU set out to profile the local NPR-themed book club we discovered on Meetup, we should have known there'd be more to the story than a gathering of like-minded public radio nerds.

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Courtesy Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

As an aspiring violinist, Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman landed what she thought would be her dream job with a professional ensemble in New York City.

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Last December, the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Cincinnati invited Jim Wallis to speak at their annual meeting.

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Between 1882 and 1968, the NAACP documented 4,743 lynchings in the United States. All were abhorrent, but none was more socially and politically impactful than the lynching of Emmett Till.

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Libraries are hoping to benefit from the popularity of the newest home and lifestyle improvement guru. Marie Kondo has written books on organizing and has a popular show on Netflix where she helps people sort out their lives by decluttering.

100 days 100 letters
Courtesy of / American Values, Religious Voices Campaign

The campaign for and results of the 2016 presidential election created, or revealed, deep divisions in our country, and many Americans questioned how to respond. Many people of faith turned to their religious communities for guidance and support.

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"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."

Courtesy of Alexander Watson

While living in Texas, Alexander Watson and Dale Harris purchased and restored a vintage 1955 Chris-Craft Corsair 45-foot motor yacht and rechristened it the Betty Jane.

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Courtesy of / Doris Kearns Goodwin

In her latest book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely – Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson – to offer an enlightening exploration into the early development, growth and exercise of leadership.

Books By The Banks Returns

Oct 17, 2018
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The 12th annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival features more than 150 authors and literary themed activities for all ages. This year's event includes bestselling authors Wil Haygood of Tigerland, Nick Bruel of Bad Kitty, Thayne Maynard of Saving Fiona and Alice McDermott of Ninth Hour.

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