2015 Featured Authors

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David Baker
Poet David Baker teaches at Denison University and is the poetry editor for the Kenyon Review. His latest collection of poems, Scavenger Loop, will be introduced at the 2015 Ohioana Book Festival.



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Jeffrey Ebbeler
Jeffrey Ebbeler has illustrated more than forty picture books and is both the author and illustrator of his newest book, Click! Ebbeler also created the artwork for the official 2015 Ohioana Book Festival poster.

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Ann Hagedorn
Ann Hagedorn has written for the Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News and is the author of five critically acclaimed books, including the Ohioana Award-winning Beyond the River and Savage Peace, Her latest book is The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security. (Photo by Jeanie Wulfkuhle)

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Michelle Houts
Michelle Houts graduated from The Ohio State University and was a special education teacher before becoming a writer of books for young readers. Her most recent work is Kammie on First, a middle grade biography of baseball player Dottie Kamenshek, who served as the model for the Geena Davis character in the film A League of Their Own.

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Gene Logsdon
Gene Logsdon, a self-described “contrary farmer,” is the author of more than two dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction, and is one of America’s most influential writers on sustainable pastoral farming. Logdson won the 2000 Ohioana Career Award. His most recent book is Gene Everlasting: A Contrary Farmer’s Thoughts on Living Forever. (Photo by Ben Barnes)

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Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Everything I Never Told You (Penguin Press). Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, One Story, Five Chapters, Gulf Coast, The Millions, and elsewhere, and has won the Pushcart Prize. To learn more about her, visit celesteng.com or follow her on Twitter (@pronounced_ing). (Photo ©Kevin Day Photography)

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Edith Pattou
Edith Pattou is the author of three award-winning fantasy novels for young adults as well as the New York Times bestselling picture book Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden. Pattou’s newest book is Ghosting, a contemporary novel for young adults told in free verse.


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Mike Resnick
Science fiction writer Mike Resnick holds a record thirty-six Hugo Award nominations, including five wins. Resnick has written sixty-four novels, over 250 short stories, two screenplays, and has edited forty anthologies. His most recent book is The Fortress in Orion.

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Yolonda Tonette Sanders
After retiring from the State of Ohio, Yolonda Tonette Sanders became a published author and started her own company, Yo Productions LLC, specializing in literary services and theatrical entertainment. Yolonda is the author of five novels, including Day of Atonement, the second book in her Protective Detective series. Find her at www.yoproductions.net, www.yolonda.net, www.facebook.com/yoproductions and on Twitter (@ytsanders)

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Thrity Umrigar
Thrity Umrigar was born in India and immigrated to the U.S. in 1983 to attend The Ohio State University. Umrigar has written for the Washington Post and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She has won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Lambda Literary Award for her novel The World We Found. She is the author of a memoir and six novels, the most recent of which is The Story Hour. Umrigar teaches at Case Western Reserve University. (Photo ©Robert Muller 2009)

Authors are subject to change.

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