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Monday, May 9, 2011

Ohioanna Book Festival Report

My second appearance the Ohioanna Book Festival in Columbus, Ohio was another of those moments when the  rewards of being an author become most evident. The event was impeccably planned and the festival staff was cheerful and attentive.

Attendance was brisk throughout most of the day and gave authors and readers a chance to discuss their books in person, something rare outside of book store signings. Moreover, having such a diverse group of authors in one place was a treat for me as well. Like the readers who attended, I too enjoyed the chance to chat with authors about the content of their work and the craft behind it.

On break from duty at my assigned table, I recorded a TV interview with Lissy Estrada, a new addition to the Telemundo affiliate in Columbus that will soon be airing locally produced content. Also interviewed by Lissy and producer Jason Perkins was distinguished poet Lou Suarez.

Poet Lou Suarez, Lissete Estrada of Telemundo and a sleep-deprived author
I want to publicly thank Beth Poley and Linda Hengst of the Ohioanna Book Festival for the work they do for Ohio authors and their kind invitation to attend the festival.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez