Dayton Artists United is excited to have the opportunity to sit down with Jess Montgomery to discuss her book The Widows, published by Minotaur Press. The Widows is a historical mystery inspired by the life of Ohio’s first female sheriff, and has been nominated for an Ohioana Book Award.
Since 1942, The Ohioana Library has recognized Ohio authors for outstanding books published in Fiction, Nonfiction, Juvenile Literature, Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature, and Poetry categories, and an additional award for books about Ohio or an Ohioan.
Founded in 1929 by Ohio First Lady Martha Kinney Cooper, the Ohioana Library collects, preserves, and promotes the works of Ohio authors, artists, and musicians. The Library’s non-circulating collection includes books by or about Ohioans; sheet music; clips on notable Ohioans; collections of the papers of Ohio authors and artists; scrapbooks of material created and collected by Ohio civic and cultural organizations.
Check out the Ohioana website, as they will be releasing information about the 2020 awards, including special links to author readings and updates. The Ohioana Book Festival has moved online this year and features more than one Dayton area writer on it’s program.
Jess Montgomery is the pen name of author and newspaper columnist Sharon Short. Find out more about her numerous books and awards by visiting her website, and by catching more of our interview, as we post more segments on Dayton Most Metro.