Hiram College

book festHiram College will once again host dozens of local authors from every major literary genre as part of the second Western Reserve Book Festival. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the College’s Kennedy Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen in on author readings, have books signed and more.


Author Michael Heaton

Bestselling authors Michael Heaton, Les Roberts and Neil Zurcher will be among the authors present at the event.

  • The son of Cleveland Plain Dealer sports writer, Chuck Heaton, and brother to actress Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle”), with whom he co-wrote “Motherhood and Hollywood,” Michael Heaton is also co-author of “I’ll Be Right Back,” an autobiography on the host of “The Mike Douglas Show.” He has written for the Plain Dealer, the San Francisco Examiner and People magazine.
  • In addition to writing newspaper articles, short stories and more than 30 mystery novels, Les Roberts wrote and/or produced for network TV shows including “The Lucy Show” and “The Andy Griffith Show,” and created the Ohio Lottery’s “Cash Explosion” game show. His novel “Win, Place or Die” features a fictional Hiram College professor as a main character.
  • The original host of “One Tank Trips,” which aired on Cleveland’s Fox 8, Neil Zurcher has written about travel for the Plain Dealer and AAA and is author of five books about Ohio, including “Strange Tales from Ohio” and “Ohio Oddities.”

Additional authors will include: Deann R. Adams, Chris Akin, Nin Andrews, Dan Arman, Christopher Barzak, Gail Bellamy, Christine Benedict, George Bilgere, Cinda Chima, Nancy Christie, Colleen Clayton, Burton W. Cole, Shelley Costa, Joyce Dyer, Amanda Flower, Kelley Grealis, Angela Johnson, Kevin Keating, Wendy Koile, Irv Korman, Scott Lax, Julie Lindsey, Kylie Logan, Kathryn Long, Dave Lucas, Lori Marchand, Mindy McGinnis, Michael Olin-Hitt, Laura Peskin, Mark Price, D.M. Pulley, Mary Quade, James Renner, Brad Ricca, Debra Robinson, Douglas Savage, Robert Sberna, Bev Shaffer, Hannah Stephenson, S. Andrew Swann, Sam Thomas and Jane Turzillo.

In addition to the authors in attendance, several local organizations will be at the event, including Ohio Center for the Book, Lake Erie Ink, River Teeth Journal, the Hiram Historical Society and the Portage County District Library.

The Book Festival is sponsored by the Friends of Hiram College Library, Hiram College Trustee Elizabeth B. Juliano and The Learnéd Owl, a bookshop located in Hudson, Ohio that will have authors’ books available for purchase at the event.

Parking is free and dining options will be available on campus. Visit www.hiram.edu/wrbf for more information.