Sheltering in place doesn’t have to be all bad—you can use this time to catch up on some reading. Joseph-Beth is still taking online orders for books, and the Mercantile Library and other local public libraries lend e-books. You can also download audiobooks right onto your phone and other devices from several sources. To keep things local, here’s a list of 10 Cincinnati writers whose books you can grab right now in multiple formats.
Jessica Strawser is an editor-at-large of Writer’s Digest Magazine and a former writer-in-residence at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She has written three un-put-downable thrillers: Forget You Know Me, Not That I Could Tell, and Almost Missed You.
Geoffrey Girard was born in Germany but now lives in Ohio where he teaches writing and serves as the English Department chair at Mount St. Joseph University. He’s written numerous books in the thriller, historical, and dark speculative fiction genres for both adults and young adult readers. More than 10 of his books are available as e-books and audiobooks. So get downloading!
Leah Stewart is a professor at the University of Cincinnati. Her 2018 novel, What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw was very well-reviewed. The book, as well as her other novels, The New Neighbor, The Myth of You and Me, Husband and Wife, and The History of Us are all available for e-readers and on audio.
If you’re a fan of biographies, the Queen City’s Bob Batchelor is the writer for you. You can download his books about Stan Lee (the man behind Marvel) and George Remus (the man who inspired The Great Gatsby) right now.
If supernatural stories are your jam, be sure to check out the books of Cincinnatian J.S. Bailey. She’s published six novels and 21 short stories in the genre.
Jasmine Warga no longer lives in Cincinnati, but she was born here, and we’re going to keep claiming this highly successful novelist. Her YA books My Heart and Other Black Holes and Here We Are Now are critically acclaimed. And her middle-grade book, Other Words for Home, won a John Newbery Honor, a Walter Honor, and a Charlotte Huck Honor.
Loveland writer Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award winner. She has written multiple novels in the post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery, and fantasy genres. Nine of them are available as audiobooks right this second.
Mike Resnick won five Hugo Awards for his science fiction. He was a prolific author, and wrote nearly 100 novels, 300 short stories, and even wrote screenplays. He passed away in January of 2020 at the age of 77. He was truly a Queen City gem of a writer.
Cincinnatian Kristen Simmons has written the Article 5 series, the Vale Hall series, and the standalone novels The Glass Arrow, Metaltown, and Pacifica. These YA sci-fi novels are all available in multiple formats. Sure to keep you busy for days!
Cincinnati native Curtis Sittenfeld is a best-selling author of literary fiction. Even though she lives in St. Louis now, we still claim her as our own. Her novels Prep, Eligible, and American Wife, as well as her story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It, are available in print, e-book, and audiobook formats.
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