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Jeni's Splendid Indie Book & Music Fair


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Jeni's Splendid Indie Book & Music Fair

Free and Open to the Public!

Join nearly 30 independent publishers from all over the Midwest and Canada, local booksellers, comics artists, and more for our first annual The Flyover Fest Indie Book & Music fair, presented by Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams!

Visitors will be free to peruse offerings from these celebrated independent publishers and record labels, as well as sip free PBR (while supplies last!), listen to live readings, panel discussions, enjoy kids programming, music, & more!

The Flyover Fest Indie Book & Music Fair will take place at Wild Goose Creative, Used Kids Records, and Rambling House Soda Pop.

There will also be food will be for sale from Baba's, Rambling House Soda Pop, and delicious treats available from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.

Full schedule for Book & Music Fair Events:

Midwestern Musings (panel discussion) | 12pm — Wild Goose Creative

Hannah Stephenson brings together an incredible team of Midwestern writers to talk about what it means to be a writer in the Midwest, writing about the Midwest.

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib (author signing) | 12:30pm — Wild Goose Creative

Hanif signs his poetry collection The Crown Ain't Worth Much at the Gramercy Books table.


The Appalachian Presence (panel discussion) | 1pm — Rambling House

Much has been made in recent months about rural America, small town America, and working class America. Little has been said about the exodus from rural, small town, working class America. When people leave, where do they go? What happens to their claim on their culture of origin? There is a significant population of former Appalachians in Midwestern cities, as well as still living in the Appalachian region of Ohio, a state that identifies as Midwestern. Amanda Page moderates a discussion about the Appalachian presence in the Midwest.

Mila Jaroniec (author reading) | 1:30pm — Wild Goose Creative

Mila Jaroniec reads from her debut novel, Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover. Mila Jaroniec is the managing editor of drDOCTOR and her work has appeared in Playboy, LENNY, Hobart, Joyland, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Catapult, Nylon and Teen Vogue, among others. She earned her MFA from The New School and currently lives in Akron, OH.


Community-Building Through Publishing (panel discussion) | 2pm — Used Kids Records

Curator of American Literature at OSU's Thompson Library Jolie Braun joins moderator Haley Cowans and Monster House Press author Bella Bravo to discuss how zines and small press publishing can be used—and have been used in the past—by oftentimes marginalized voices as a platform to share ideas and build communities.


Ruth Awad & Alison Stine (author reading) | 2:30 pm — Rambling House Soda Pop

Ruth Awad is the author of Set to Music a Wildfire (forthcoming from Southern Indiana Review Press this year), which won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Missouri Review, CALYX, diode, Rattle, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere.

Alison Stine is a writer, artist, and journalist. Her essays, articles, and poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The Toast, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Tin House, Talk Poverty, GOOD, and others. Her most recent book is a novella, The Protectors.

Cloud Cover (music performance) | 3pm — Used Kids Records

Cloud Cover is multi-instrumentalist Jenny Tuite of Dirty Dishes. Featuring sparse instrumentation, droning tape experiments, ambient passages, and electronic manipulation, coupled with Tuite's ability to create eerie hypnotic moods through sound. The dark intensity of her work is offset by its warmness; Tuite's ghostly voice a melodic chant over delicately picked guitars.

Craftivism in Action (panel discussion) | 3:30pm — Wild Goose Creative

Since the 2016 election, we've seen a sea of pink pussy hats, and a vast collection of handmade protest placards. The Resistance is taking shape, and some of it is done with knitting needles. Join Claressa Page and Michelle Love Davis, co-founders of Feminist Flag Corps, in a lively discussion with local crafters, activists, and entrepreneurs about the role of crafting in current political activism.


Resistance & Refuge: Bookstores & Libraries (panel discussion) | 4pm — Rambling House Soda Pop
In an environment seen by millions as regressive, learn how bookstores and libraries are places of activism and refuge. Moderated by Bryan Loar and Andrea Dixon of Cbus Libraries, featuring Charlie Pugsley of Bookspace, Linda Kass of Gramercy Books, and Angela Grandstaff of Columbus Metropolitan Library.

If It Don't Make Dollars, It Don't Make Sense (panel discussion) | 5pm — Used Kids Records

Moderator Justin McIntosh speaks with poet Maggie Smith—whose poem "Good Bones" became a viral sensation—hip-hop artist Dominique Larue whose music has been licensed by major TV networks, and Norman Nehmetallah of Toronto's Coach House Books about the financial realities of producing art.

Earlier Event: May 12
Pabst Stage: Night 1
Later Event: May 13
Found Footage Festival