Top 5 Literary Events This Week

  1. Meet award-winning novelist Paula McLain as she introduces her new book, Love and Ruin with a discussion and signing. Set in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, the story follows the turbulent marriage of Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn. MAY 3, 2018, 7pm, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Ave., (513) 396-8960,


  1. See Ken Ludwig’s famous adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island at Playhouse in the Park. The beloved adventure follows Jim Hawkins on his unexpected journey with a famous swashbuckling pirate, Long John Silver. MAY 1-19, 2018, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, (513) 421-3888,


  1. Ohio-native J. D. Vance will discuss and sign his lauded memoir Hillbilly Elegy at an event held by Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Walnut Hills High School. Vance’s roots trace back to Appalachia, and his novel explores the deep-seeded connections to a life of poverty, alcoholism, and trauma through his family history. MAY 3, 2018, 7:30pm, Walnut Hills High School, 3250 Victory Pkway.,


  1. Best known for award-winning roles in Pollack and Mystic River as well as the Broadway show God of Carnage, actress Marcia Gay Harden will sign and discuss her new book The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers on Saturday. MAY 5, 2018, 7pm, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Ave., (513) 396-8960,


  1. Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang will visit Cincinnati to celebrate Children’s Book Week on Sunday. Best known for his breakthrough comic American Born Chinese, Yang will discuss his Secret Coders series and the Reading Without Walls Challenge, which promotes diversity and new experiences in reading. MAY 6, 2018, 2pm, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St.,

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