Andy Hayes

Good Roots, Great Festival: It’s almost @ohioana time

The first Ohioana Book Festival was built around one book, Good Roots: Writers Reflect On Growing Up In Ohio, published by Ohio University Press, which also publishes my mystery series. The festival holds its 10th outing Saturday, having grown from ten authors to more than 120, and from 600 attendees to nearly 3,500. Join me and many other authors for this FREE daylong event at the downtown Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. I’ll be easy to find: I’m at Table No. 1. Also, stop by our panel, Mystery, Thrills, and Suspense I, at 10:15 a.m. in the Legislative Room. Hope to see you there!

In the meantime, from the introduction to Good Roots by Lisa Watts:

“It’s a rich literary tradition, but it’s a quiet one. Ohioans aren’t much for blowing their own horns. We suffer a low-level inferiority complex, caught in the middle as we are–Ohio isn’t quiet east enough to be East Coast, north enough to fit in with Michigan, south enough to be genteel, or west enough to be the true heartland. We know that Ohio doesn’t show up on many lists for top 10 vacation spots. We’re well aware that most people living on either coast couldn’t pick our state out from Iowa or Wisconsin. And we’re all too familiar with gray clouds hanging over the northern half of our little piece of the Midwest from November until April…”

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