Meet 19 Authors With Local Ties


Past or present, these nineteen celebrated writers all have ties to the Queen City. We introduce to you each and highlight their best works, which are definitely worth your time.

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Nnedi Okorafor

Cincinnati native and author, Binti trilogy and Marvel Comics’ Wakanda Forever

Will Hillenbrand

Born-and-raised Cincinnatian, writer, and illustrator, Snowman Story, Bear and Mole series, Louie!

Christopher Bollen

St. X alum and novelist, Lightning People, The Destroyers, A Beautiful Crime

Heidi Petach

One-time Cincinnati Zoo employee and writer and illustrator of children’s books, Rainbow Babies, Goldilocks and the Three Hares

Curtis Sittenfeld

Graeter’s enthusiast and bestselling author of American Wife, Eligible, and Rodham

Delilah Beasley

Cincinnati Enquirer journalist and first African-American female columnist for a major metropolitan newspaper, The Negro Trailblazers of California

Rakesh Satyal

Fairfield native and novelist, Blue Boy, No One Can Pronounce My Name

Veena Sud

Cincinnati Country Day alum and television writer, The Stranger, Cold Case, The Killing

Daniel Carter Beard

Writer, illustrator, early Boy Scout leader, and big yellow bridge namesake, The American Boy’s Handy Book, The Field and Forest Handy Book

Theresa Rebeck

Ursuline Academy alumna, Broadway playwright, and screenwriter, Bernhardt/Hamlet, TV’s Smash

Thomas Berger

Lockland resident and author, Little Big Man, Arthur Rex, Neighbors

Cuesta Benberry

Cincinnati-born quiltmaking historian, Always There: The African-American Presence in American Quilts, Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans

Jessica Strawser

Cincinnati Library Writer-in-Residence and novelist, Almost Missed You and Not That I Could Tell

Geoffrey Girard

Moeller English teacher and author of sci-fi and horror thrillers, Cain’s Blood, Mary Rose

Robert F. Schulkers

Covington native and author, Seckatary Hawkins series

Emily Henry

West Chester–raised novelist, People We Meet on Vacation, Beach Read

Emma Carlson Berne

Queen City resident and author, Still Waters, Never Let You Go

Kathy Y. Wilson

Cincinnati Magazine contributor, journalist, educator, Your Negro Tour Guide

Jeffrey Hillard

Mount St. Joseph Professor of English and author, Shine Out of Bedlam and Shine in Grit City

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