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Thomas Boyd

Born: July 3, 1898Died: January 1935 Ohio connection: Birth Defiance Writer, novelist, and journalist Thomas Alexander Boyd was born in Defiance, Ohio, the only child of Alice (nee Dunbar) Boyd and James Alexander Boyd. Due to his father’s death three months before he was born and his mother’s move to Chicago, Illinois, to pursue a nursing …

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Ohio chooses “Other Words for Home” for National Book Festival

Ohio chooses “Other Words for Home” for National Book Festival

Every year since 2002, each Center for the Book has chosen a book – primarily children’s or young adult titles – to represent their state at the National Book Festival as part of the Great Reads from Great Places initiative. In the past, Ohio has chosen Douglas Brinkley, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the …

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Jean Rosalind Gould

Born: May 25, 1909Died: February 8, 1993 Ohio connection: Birth Greenville Award-winning author Jean Gould was a prolific writer whose work included books for both children and adults. She is most well-known for her biographies of prominent figures in literature, theater, industry and politics. However, her early writing includes fairy tales, plays, and short stories …

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Nin Andrews

Born: 1958 Ohio connection: Resident Poland Nin Andrews grew up on a farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her B.A. in 1980 from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and her MFA in 1995 from Vermont College. In 1982, she married Jim Andrews. Nin Andrews’ work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. She is …

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Carol Ascher

Born: 1941 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Three weeks after her parents, Paul (a psychoanalyst) and Ellen Bergman, arrived in the United States after fleeing the Nazi regimes of Central Europe, Carol Ascher was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Ascher and her family lived in Topeka, Kansas, until she was twelve. The comforts of that Midwestern existence were …

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Sherwood Anderson

Born: September 13, 1876Died: March 8, 1941 Ohio connection: Birth Camden Sherwood Anderson was, essentially, a self-educated short-story writer and novelist. With his almost staccato style of writing and by his injecting his own personal experiences and people he knew into his own novels, Anderson helped set a new standard for Midwestern literature.  Born in Camden, …

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Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in Ohio

Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in Ohio

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (also referred to as Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month) provides Ohioans with a chance to either revisit or to learn about all the exciting literary figures that were either born in Ohio or have called the Buckeye State home. And, as always, …

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Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio – A Conversation with Derf Backderf

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio – A Conversation with Derf Backderf

To view a recording of our conversation, click here to visit our Facebook page! On the eve of the 51st commemoration of the Kent State shootings, the Ohio Center for the Book had the honor of holding a conversation with Derf Backderf about his meticulously researched Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio. In a starred …

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