Category: Fiction

Kronenberger, Louis

Born: December 9, 1904 Died: April 30, 1980 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Louis Kronenberger, son of Louis, Sr. and Mabel (Newwitter) Kronenberger, was born in 1904 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended the University of Cincinnati, 1921-24. He married Emmy Plaut in 1940, and they had one child, Elizabeth. Kronenberger began his career as an editor for …

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Lewis, J. Patrick

Born: May 5, 1942 Ohio connection: Resident Westerville J. Patrick Lewis was born in Gary, Indiana. The former Children’s Poet Laureate (2011-2013) received a B.A. degree from Saint Joseph’s College in 1964, an M.A. from Indiana University in 1965, and a PhD in economics from the Ohio State University in 1974. Lewis taught in the department of Business, …

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Lenski, Lois

Born: October 14, 1893 Died: September 11, 1974 Ohio connection: Birth Springfield Lois Lenski was born in Springfield, Ohio, and moved to nearby Anna, a small rural community of some 200, in 1899. Lenski fictionalized her childhood in her first two books, Skipping Village (1927) and A Little Girl of Nineteen Hundred (1928). Her mother was a former teacher, and her father was …

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Hillenbrand, Will

Born: May 31, 1960 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Will Hillenbrand was born May 31, 1960, in Cincinnati to Earl (a barber) and Alice (Zins) Hillenbrand and has lived almost all his life in Cincinnati where he grew up surrounded by stories. The youngest of four boys with diverse personalities and talents, Hillenbrand found himself interested in drawing.  …

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Hazen, Barbara Shook

Born: February 4, 1930 Ohio connection: Birth Dayton Barbara Hazen was born Barbara Shook, daughter of Charles Harman and Elizabeth (Foster) Shook, in 1930, in Dayton, Ohio. She received a B.A. from Smith College in 1951 and an M.A. from Columbia University in 1952. She married Freeman Brackett Hazen in 1956, and they had one child, Freeman …

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Hill, Ruth Beebe

Born: April 26, 1913 Died: May 28, 2015 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Ruth Beebe Hill was born April 26, 1913, in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Western Reserve University (now Case) with a B.A. in 1935. A direct descendant of Pilgrims, Hill became fascinated with Native Americans and their culture when she was young, a fascination that so …

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Henry, O.

Born: September 11, 1862 Died: June 5, 1910 Ohio connection: Former Resident Columbus O. Henry was born William Sidney Porter, son of Algernon Sidney and Mary Jane Virginia (Swaim) Porter, in 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He changed the spelling of his middle name to Sydney in 1898. When Porter was three years old, his mother died, and …

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Register to meet YA author Kristina McBride on Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Springboro, Ohio

On Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m Mindy Hoffbauer, publicist for the bestselling novelist W. Bruce Cameron, will host a Lit Salon featuring Ohio Young Adult novelist Kristina McBride. To date, McBride has published  four novels, i.e. THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES (2010), ONE MOMENT (2012), A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT (2016), and THE BAKERSVILLE …

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