Library announces headliners of inaugural Columbus Book Festival

Two-day festival to be held downtown on July 15-16

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is announcing the featured authors for this summer’s inaugural Columbus Book Festival, including its four headliners:

  • Ali Hazelwood, author of Love, Theoretically 
  • Fonda Lee, author of Untethered Sky
  • Prince Shakur, author of When They Tell You To Be Good
  • Maggie Smith, author of You Could Make This Place Beautiful 

The free two-day festival, part of CML’s Sesquicentennial celebrations, will take place in downtown Columbus at Main Library and Topiary Park on July 15-16.

In addition to the four headliners, the festival will feature more than 130 national and local authors from a variety of genres who will participate in panel discussions and sign books sold through the Official Festival Bookstore. The Book Loft, Gramercy Books and Prologue Bookshop will manage the book sales. 

Additionally, more than 70 independent creators, small press writers and self-published authors will exhibit under the Indie Author Alley tent. Local food and drinks, new and used books for sale, retail and nonprofit exhibitors featuring all things literary, will fill Topiary Park. Visit to learn more. 

Note: Headshots of featured authors and book covers are available upon request.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like School Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.


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