Major Ohio book fair to highlight state’s aviation, space heritage

In NAHA News Release /

For immediate release
October 27, 2014

Contacts:
For Buckeye Book Fair:
Julia Wiesenberg, manager
bbfmgr@woosterbook.com
(330) 262-3244

For NAHA:
Tony Sculimbrene, Executive Director
afs@aviationheritagearea.org
(937) 475-7627 (mobile)

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Dayton, Ohio—A major northern Ohio book fair that draws thousands of readers, librarians and teachers each year will showcase new books on aviation and space by two Ohio authors, including one focused on the National Aviation Heritage Area.

A major northern Ohio book fair that draws thousands of readers, librarians and teachers each year will showcase new books on aviation and space by two Ohio authors, including one focused on the National Aviation Heritage Area.

Cleveland native Don Thomas, a former space shuttle astronaut, and Dayton-area writer Timothy R. Gaffney will autograph their books on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the 27th Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster. They will be among nearly 100 Ohio authors participating in the annual event.

The book fair will sell books at discount prices from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium at The Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Admission is $2. The nonprofit event raises money for grants to promote literacy and reading in Ohio. The Ohio Arts Council and The Wooster Book Co. sponsor the event.

Thomas’s new book is Orbit of Discovery: The All-Ohio Space Shuttle Mission (Ringtaw Books, 2014), his memoir of the celebrated 1995 space shuttle flight (the only non-Ohio astronaut was given honorary status by then-Governor Voinovich.) Thomas will also be one of the book fair’s featured speakers, sharing his experiences on four space shuttle missions—including the time a woodpecker attacked his rocket on the launch pad. Thomas’ presentation is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Gaffney’s is The Dayton Flight Factory: The Wright Brothers and the Birth of Aviation (The History Press, 2014), which focuses on the lives and accomplishments of the Wright brothers in their hometown of Dayton, where they invented the airplane and established America’s first airplane factory. Gaffney, who is also communications director for the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, wrote the book to promote the many Wright sites in the Heritage Area and efforts to restore the original Wright Company factories as a part of Dayton’s national park.

The Buckeye Book Fair is produced by the Buckeye Authors’ Book Fair Committee Inc., a nonprofit formed in 1987 to showcase Ohio’s influence in literature and to promote literacy efforts in Ohio by providing grants to schools, public libraries, and literacy programs. It has awarded more than $200,000 in 260 grants since its inception.

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is a nonprofit chartered by Congress in 2004 as the management entity for the National Aviation Heritage Area, a region of national historical importance encompassing Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Warren, Champaign, Shelby, and Auglaize counties. The Heritage Area is one of 49 National Heritage Areas in a program administrated by the National Park Service, and the only one dedicated to aviation heritage.

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Note to editors: News media are welcome to cover the book fair at any time on Saturday.