Local Celebrities & Authors

Denise Dufala

Denise Dufala is an Emmy-award-winning journalist who spent 30 years as a news anchor and reporter at the CBS affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio.  She also wrote a page 2 column for the Sunday edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Denise is a member of the Ohio Radio-Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI).

I-X Christmas Connection Schedule: Saturday 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM she will be signing her books next to the Second Stage. 1:00 – 2:00 she will be reading her book on the Second Stage. 

Romona Robinson

Romona Robinson is an eight time Emmy award winning anchor,
inspirational speaker, philanthropist and now national award winning
author of A Dirt Road to Somewhere. She is one of the most respected and admired journalists in northeast Ohio and was inducted into the Press Club of Cleveland’s Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016.

I-X Christmas Connection Schedule: Saturday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Authors on Call will be at I-X Christmas Connection this year, signing books, talking to fans and discussing their books. The Authors who will be in Booth 770 so make sure to stop by when they are here!

Marc Bona

Marc Bona is an award-winning features writer for cleveland.com who previously worked in assorted editing roles for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, The Post-Tribune in Gary, Indiana; The Times Union in Albany, New York; The Detroit News, San Antonio Light and The Dallas Morning News. He lives in Akron with his wife Lynne Sherwin and their rescue pup Addie.

A portion of the sales of this book will go to two Northeast Ohio-based charities: Shoes and Clothes for Kids in Cleveland (sc4k.org) and Good Samaritan Hunger Center in Akron (goodsamaritanhungercenter.org).

I-X Christmas Connection Schedule: Friday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Dan Coughlin

Dan Coughlin has written four books based on the unusual, hilarious and outrageous characters and events has has covered in 54 years as a sportswriter and broadcaster in Cleveland. He spent 18 years at The Plain Dealer and 36 years in television at Fox 8. Dan turned 80 in September. His next goal is to turn 81.

I-X Christmas Connection Schedule: Friday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Ian Adams

Ian Adams is an environmental photographer, writer and educator specializing in Ohio’s natural, rural, historical and garden areas. Twenty-three books of his color photography have been published, including Ohio: A Bicentennial Portrait, Our First Family’s Home: The Ohio Governor’s Residence & Heritage Garden, Backroads of Ohio, The Floridas, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio was released by Ohio University Press in June, 2011. Volume 2 of A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio was published in May, 2015, followed by a centennial edition of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, which was released by the University of Akron Press in June, 2015. Ohio in Photographs: A Portrait of the Buckeye State, co-photographed with Randall Schieber, with text by John Fleischman and a foreword by Ohio Governor John Kasich, was released by Ohio University Press in March, 2017. Ian’s new eBook, iPhone Landscape & Nature Photography, was released in August, 2018.

I-X Christmas Connection Schedule: Friday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Saturday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Beth Richards and Chuck Gove

Chuck is a detective in the Cleveland Homicide Unit who has been planning tours for Haunted Cleveland for over a decade. He is a member of the Cleveland Police Historical Society and The Western Reserve Cleveland Firemen Museum and Education Center. He has always had an interest in local history and has always looked for new ways to celebrate his favorite holiday, Halloween.

Beth is an office manager for a downtown court reporting firm. She spends much of her day verifying information so to move onto researching local history and the ghosts of Cleveland seems like a natural progression, to her at least. Beth loves Cleveland and some of her earliest memories are of spending time exploring downtown Cleveland. She has always been interested in ghost stories, possibly due to the fact she grew up in a century old home that seems to hold an echo of the past.

Beth and Chuck both agree, the greatest pleasures of their job is showing Clevelanders places in the city they have never visited and sharing the rich history Cleveland has to offer and showing tourists just how amazing our city is, both now and in the past.   

Chuck Gove I-X Christmas Connection Schedule: Friday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Beth Richards I-X Christmas Connection Schedule: Saturday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Bob Adamov

Bob is an award-winning Ohio mystery adventure author whose stories are based in the Lake Erie South Bass Island resort village of Put-in-Bay. His ten novels follow the adventures of Washington Post investigative reporter, Emerson Moore. His work has won awards at the New York Book festival, Hollywood Book Festival, London Book Festival, Great Midwest Book Festival, Florida Book Festival, and the Indie Awards. His most recent book, “Chincoteague Calm,” was published in April 2018.

I-X Christmas Connection Schedule: Friday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.