Writing Events

TUESDAY: CINCINNATI: Jessica Strawser. August 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Jessica Strawser, Editorial Director of Writer’s Digest, will discuss her stunning debut novel, Almost Missed You. Violet and Finn Welsh are on vacation in Florida with their 3-year-old son, Bear, when Finn suddenly disappears, taking Bear with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all. Books will be available for sale & signing, courtesy of Joseph-Beth Cincinnati. More.

WEDNESDAY: Correspondence Art Workshop. August 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Dayton Society of Artists (DSA), 48 High St, Dayton, OH 45403. A free workshop with Colleen Kelsey. Learn about the history of Correspondence Art or otherwise known as Mail Art. After learning new collage techniques you will make your own correspondence artwork. A material fee of $5 covers collage materials, paper, glue, and markers. You are welcome to bring your own art materials including paint, brushes, scissors, x-acto knives, and self-healing cutting boards. More.

WEDNESDAY: First Wednesday Writing Workout with Katrina Kittle, $10. August 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Oakwood Starbucks, 2424 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419. Word’s Worth continues its newest tradition — an informal-tune-up-charge-your-engine writing workout. On the first Wednesday of each month you’ll gather to receive intriguing writing prompts and time to explore them. You’ll get a mini-craft lesson, loads of tips, and the opportunity to share your impromptu pieces. Turn off the inner critic, connect with fellow writers, and collect some inspiration for the month! More.

THURSDAY: Dr. David Novick talks eating. August 3, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Yellow Springs Community Library, 415 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Dr. Novick, a Dayton Gastroenterologist, discusses his new book “A Gastroenterologist’s Guide to Gut Health: Everything You Need to Know About Colonoscopy, Digestive Diseases, and Healthy Eating.” More.

SATURDAY: Dayton Metro Main Library Grand Opening. August 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Dayton Metro Library – Downtown Branch. Free entertainment, activities for the family, tours and demonstrations in the extensively remodeled, expanded Library. Regular operating hours resume on Sunday, August 6, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and Sunday hours will continue at the Main Library throughout the year. More.

SATURDAY: End of Summer Reading Party. August 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Wilmington Public Library of Clinton County, 268 N South St, Wilmington, OH 45177. Ironwood Wolves will be bringing a live wolf to the library. Join us to learn about wolves and celebrate the end of Summer Reading. More.

SATURDAY: Arts and Drafts. August 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm. We Care Arts Inc, 3035 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, OH 45429. We Care Arts is hosting Arts and Drafts, a community festival that features local bands, food trucks, craft beers, and on site tattooing and piercing, provided by nationally renowned tattoo artists. This family event includes activities for the kids, who can enjoy face painting, an arts-and-crafts area, and craft root beer floats. More.

Writing News

My literary calendar on DaytonLit.com is empty through the end of the year, but January’s already filling up. Here are three of the coolest events coming next month:

1) Point of View Mini-Workshop with Rebecca Morean. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m.
Hosted by the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, this free event will teach you tips and best practices for using Point of View to enhance your stories, novels, essays, memoirs and other works… and connect with your readers. Led by novelist, essayist and short story writer Rebecca Morean. Learn more about Rebecca at www.ramorean.com

2) OUT OF TOWN: Meet Veronica Roth, Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
The creator of the Divergent series will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati. She’ll be in conversation with “First Draft” podcast’s Sarah Enni, discussing her newest book, “Carve the Mark”. Everyone who purchases a ticket for the event will receive an autographed copy of “Carve the Mark”, and 100 lucky audience members will be randomly chosen at the event to meet Veronica and Sarah and get their pictures taken with the author. For tickets and more information, please call the store at 513-396-8960. More.

3) Dan Rather, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
For more than 50 years, former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent Dan Rather has been the embodiment of the intrepid broadcast journalist. From the Kennedy assassination—where he was the first to break the news that the president had been killed—to the Indian Ocean tsunami, he has covered every major story of our time with distinction and a fierce dedication to hard news. He’ll speak at the Wright State Nutter Center. More.

Help decorate a brand new library

Dayton Metro Library is running a contest now through Jan. 9. Anyone can vote on the art that will inspire a newly-commissioned piece to adorn the future Southeast Branch (near Belmont High School). Click here to vote for your favorite of five pieces that are in the Dayton Art Museum’s permanent collection. The piece that wins will be the inspiration for a brand new work of art.

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Death of a bookstore

It was a very sad day in Tipp City on Monday when Browse Awhile Books went up in flames. The small bookstore focused on hard-to-find, out-of-print, used, and rare books. Three people were initially trapped in the apartments above the store, but the fire department saved them. “As many of you know, our store suffered a major disaster yesterday morning,” the owners wrote on Facebook. “We want to thank each and every person who has showed up, called, texted or sent messages. The community is really showing how close all of us truly are. We have been in the store and getting out what can be saved. If anyone wants more info on how they can help, please contact us on (Facebook) as we no longer have a phone number for you to reach us at. The support that we have gotten is amazing. We love and appreciate each and everyone of you. We will post updates on what will become of the store as we know more.”

If the store gets rebuilt, it will have to look exactly same since it’s in Tipp City’s historic district. It’s unclear if and when that will happen. The shop looked exactly like the sort of bookstore I love (like it was exported brick by brick from a London back alley):

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Donald Ray Pollock’s writing has been called “hillbilly Gothic.” He worked in a paper mill and as a truck driver until he was 50 when he started studying English at Ohio State. He’s been writing ever since. Tiffany McDaniels is a young, first-time novelist whose work is inspired by “the rolling hills and buckeye woods of Ohio.”

Blue Jacket Books will host the authors on July 16 as they introduce their new books, both of which are set in southern Ohio, one in 1917, the other in 1984. If any book clubs are interested in adopting the texts, please reach reply to gorokadubu@att.net to see how Blue Jacket can help.


Author Mindy McGinnis’s road to publication was a long, bumpy one. “My first published book NOT A DROP TO DRINK, was my fifth finished novel,” she says in an interview with Adventures in YA Publishing. “I queried for 10 years before landing an agent – but a lot of that is my own fault. I wanted to be a writer in an ivory tower – not someone who researches the query process and agent hunt, knows the market etc. That hurt me a lot when I was starting out.”

Ms. McGinnis, who happens to have one of the coolest book covers I’ve ever seen (pictured below), will appear at the Dayton Metro Library’s Northwest Branch on Wednesday, June 29, at 4:00 p.m.

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MONDAY: Story Slamm – Summer Vacation, June 27 @ 7 p.m., Brixx Ice Company, 500 E 1st St, Dayton, OH 45402. Come, listen, and participate! Participants will each tell a 10-minute story based around the theme, “Summer Vacation”. If you would like to share a story, please register online or call 937-463-2665, or just arrive early and get your name on the list. Prize for the best story of the evening! More information.

TUESDAY: Who wore what, when & where? 1915-1929, $10, June 28 @ 2 p.m. Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery, 111 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Historical fiction writers should appreciate this: Explore real clothing from 1915-1929, both male and female outfits, enjoy tea and cakes, and share family photos of friends and relatives wearing what they loved. Clothing Historian, Dr. Debbie Henderson will lead the discussion with help from clothing experts, Bette Kelley and Bill White. More information.


Dayton author C.L. Pauwels just published a piece online in McSweeney’s as part of the literary mag’s “Key Ring Chronicles.” For the series, authors submit stories about the unusual items they keep on their key rings. For Ms. Pauwels, that item happens to be a handcuff key. “It’s a guaranteed conversation starter at parties,” she writes in McSweeney’s. Find out why here.


Dayton’s forthcoming West Branch Library will consolidate the current Madden Hills and Westwood Branches into one new, larger facility. After a long search for a location, we’ve finally learned where the West Branch will be built: adjacent to the historic Wright Airplane Factory at Rt. 35 and Abbey Avenue. Located between the Madden Hills and Westwood Branches, the library will be a boon for the Wright Airplane Factory, too. Plans are in the works for an Aviation Heritage museum to go up beside the library (incorporating the Wright site). Can’t wait to see plans for the new library.


I love this excerpt from Barbara Abercrombie’s A YEAR OF WRITING DANGEROUSLY:

“One of my students wrote an essay about losing weight and how she then realized that a ‘thin club’ existed because people started treating her differently when she was thin. This got me to thinking about clubs, how we’re all more or less organized into clubs that are not that different from those in high school — the popular kids, jocks, nerds, weirdos, etc.

“But things do change when we grow up, and some of us weirdos now belong to the coolest club of all, the Writer’s club. We get to dress any way we please, we get to keep our own hours, we can act a little odd and silent (people will think we’re taking notes in our head). The only condition of membership is that we have to write. Because one you stop writing, you get kicked out.”