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Born in Cuba, baseball great Tony Pérez left Havana when the Reds signed him to a minor league contract in 1960. Pérez, a key member of the World Champion Big Red Machine clubs of 1975 and '76, won a third World Championship ring as first base coach for the team when it swept the Oakland Athletics in 1990.

Yellow Springs is the setting for the just-released novel from local author Jessica Strawser

Plot Twist: From Politics To Political Thriller

Mar 19, 2018
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Gerrymandering, dark money and partisan politics. Major dysfunctions in our election system spurred David Pepper to begin writing political thrillers. The Ohio Democratic Party Chair's first book, "The People's House," follows a Russian plot to interfere with a U.S. election and put Republicans in power, and its release predates the 2016 election.

Author Leah Stewart's New Novel Is Now Available

Mar 16, 2018

Acclaimed local author (and UC professor) Leah Stewart has a new novel out, What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw

The story of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and New York Times reporter Lorena Hickok is the basis of the new historical novel, White Houses

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In his 2003 book, "Running from the Devil: A Memoir of a Boy Possessed," Steve Kissing tells the story of growing up believing he was possessed by the devil, and the steps he took to hide his condition– later discovered to be epilepsy. The book has just been converted into a graphic memoir.

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Author and Institute for the Future Distinguished Fellow Dr. Bob Johansen predicts that leaders will face an increasingly “complex, messy and threatening” future.

The Wonders Of Nature Close To Home

Feb 12, 2018
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When he retired from his position as senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London, award-winning scientist Richard Fortey purchased four acres of ancient woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England. His latest book, "The Wood for the Trees: One Man's Long View of Nature," is the joyful portrait of what he found there. He spoke with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard about the wonders of nature to be discovered close to home, if you just look for them. 

The Debut Novel Of Cincinnati Native Michael Nye

Feb 9, 2018

Cincinnati native Michael Nye has written and released his debut novel, a coming of age story with loving references to his hometown. 

Loren Long Tells Us About His New Book, "Love"

Feb 2, 2018

A beautiful new children's book, celebrating love in our lives from birth to death, features text by Matt de la Pena and illustrations by Cincinnati's own Loren Long

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Cincinnati is an amazing place to live and visit for lots of reasons, according to Wendy Beckman, from architectural masterpieces like Music Hall to limitless local varieties of goetta. In her latest book, “8 Wonders of Cincinnati,” the award-winning author writes about the things that reveal the city’s unique character.

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Adventurer, author and speaker Jeff Alt has been offering humorous life lessons from the trail for two decades. His first book, "A Walk for Sunshine," chronicled his hike along the Appalachian Trail, a journey dedicated to his brother, who has cerebral palsy.

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Good timing is often considered an art. But in his latest book, "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing," Daniel Pink shows that timing is a science.

Local author Stacey Roberts is back with a second installment of his Trailer Trash With A Girl's Name books. 

Author Kevin M. Moehring burst on to the local literary scene with his debut novel, Sacrifice, and is back with a new novel, Graham Park.

A Reading: Local author and president of Fountain Square PublishingJinny Powers Berten, recites a piece from her children's book, Littsie and the Underground Railroad.

The newest Writer in Residence at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is a familiar name to young readers (and their parents), Emma Carlson Berne

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The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight and early tomorrow. With up to 120 meteors per hour shooting across the night sky, it's expected to be one of the best celestial shows of the year.

Author David Baldacci has just released the latest novel in his Will Robie series. 

You may know him from movies like A Kiss Before Dying and The Longest Day, and TV shows like It Takes a Thief, Hart to Hart, and more recently, NCIS

One of America's most popular authors, Mary Higgins Clark, along with her co-writer Alafair Burke, have published the latest installment in their Under Suspicion series. 

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Bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini is back with her latest historical novel, Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace

A Rogue American Spy On The Korean Peninsula

Nov 27, 2017

In his latest book, former Washington Post East Asia Bureau Chief Blaine Harden reveals the story of a rogue American spy who operated on the Korean Peninsula during the Korean War. Virtually unsupervised by the U.S. military, Air Force Major Donald Nichols planned and ran covert missions in a world of mass executions and torture for 11 years. And was then taken out of Korea in a straightjacket by American military authorities and forced to undergo months of electroshock in a military hospital, where Nichols said Air Force psychiatrists tried to “erase” his brain.

A First Lady's Unlikely Love Affair

Nov 27, 2017
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By the time Franklin Roosevelt became president, his wife Eleanor had already put her disappointment in their marriage behind her and developed an independent life. She soon met a campaign reporter for the Associated Press, Lorena Hickok. Over the next thirty years the two women were, at different points, lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends. 

Bill Yosses is the former White House pastry chef for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. 

Writer Armistead Maupin is perhaps best known for his San Francisco column Tales of The City, which was a popular TV special and has recently been adapted into a stage play. 

In the 60's, 70's, and beyond, Jerry Rubin was a well-known counter-cultural leader - founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War radical, Chicago 8 defendant, New Age/Self Help proponent, and social-networking pioneer. 

Untold Story Of Women Code Breakers In WWII

Nov 8, 2017
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Following the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. military launched a secret program to recruit young, female college graduates to serve as code breakers in the war effort. In "CODE GIRLS: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II" journalist and author Liza Mundy reveals the revolutionary achievements and patriotic service of these remarkable women.

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William Dobson is the Senior Supervising Editor of NPR's International Desk. He is also the author of "The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy," which examines the struggle between authoritarian regimes and the people who challenge them.

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