NaNoWriMo 2023


The Ohio Center for the Book marked National Novel Writing Month again this year by hosting two online conversations with acclaimed Ohio novelists Alison Stine and Pete Beatty. We also offered writers a quiet and safe space to draft their novels through our Saturday Come Write Ins on November 4th, 18th, and 25th from 12:30 to 2:00 PM. Thank you to all those who joined us in celebrating this annual event, and we wish everyone all the best in their continuing writing endeavors.

View our author conversations on YouTube by clicking the screenshots below!

In Conversation with Alison Stine, author of Trashlands

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An online reading and Q&A with Alison Stine. Stine is the author of Trashlands, a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award, and Road Out of Winter, winner of the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award. Her next novel, Dust, will be published in 2024. Stine reads a selection from her novel Trashlands and talks about her beginnings as an award-winning poet, shifting to writing novels, her interest in dystopias, becoming comfortable writing about Ohio, having an office to write in, the state of Colorado, future projects, and writers who have influenced her.

In Conversation with Pete Beatty, author of Cuyahoga

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Author Pete Beatty reads selections from his novel Cuyahoga, which was longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, and talks about researching Cleveland history at the Western Reserve Historical Society, Monroe Street Cemetery’s “wondering pigs,” how he found the names for the characters in Cuyahoga, pursuing an MFA degree at the University of Alabama, being a writer with children, Michael Martone’s Indiana stories, and Charles Portis.