Meet Local Authors

Romona Robinson

Romona Robinson is an eight time Emmy award winning anchor,
inspirational speaker, philanthropist and now national award winning
author of Your Voice is Your Power. 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: Friday 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM Saturday 12:00 pM – 5:30 PM, Sunday 11:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Romona will also be speaking on the Second Stage at 4PM on Saturday.

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 776 so make sure to stop by when they are here!

Jane Turzillo

True-crime author Jane Ann Turzillo has been nominated twice for the Agatha for her books Wicked Women of Ohio (2018) and Unsolved Murders & Disappearances in Northeast Ohio (2016). She is also a National Federation of Press Women award winner for Ohio Train Disasters and others–all from The History Press and Arcadia Publishing Company. A full-time author and speaker, she concentrates on true crime and history. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, National Federation of Press Women and the current president of the Northeast Ohio chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is currently working on her eighth book, Robberies & Heists in Ohio to be published in 2020.

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

Mark Dawidziak

Mark Dawidziak has been a theater, film and television critic for more than 40 years. He has been the TV critic at The Plain Dealer since 1999. His many books include the recently published “The Shawshank Rdemption Revealed: How One Story Keeps Hope Alive,” a 25th anniversary celebration of the beloved film shot in Ohio and based on a Stephen King novella. “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone,” his lighthearted tribute to Rod Serling’s classic anthology series, was published in 2017. Also an internationally recognized Mark Twain scholar and performer, he is the author or editor of five Twain-centric books, including “Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness,” “Mark Twain for Cat Lovers” and “Mark Twain in Ohio.” Working the spooky side of the street, he has written the horror novel “Grave Secrets” and such non-fiction books as “The Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Dracula.”

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

Mike and Janice Olszewski

Mike Olszewski is a veteran radio / TV / print journalist who is best known for his time on the legendary WMMS-FM.  Along with his work in local media, Mike has also served as a correspondent for Voice of America and VOA Europe, and hosted “The Source Report”, a weekly public affairs show on NBC’s Source Radio Network.  He won a national Associated Press award for “Best Enterprise Story” in 1989, along with more than forty national and local broadcast awards.   He currently teaches journalism and pop culture classes at Kent State University, the University of Akron and other universities.  In addition, along with his wife Janice, Mike is co-author of several books on Ohio history and popular culture, including the recent Amazon best sellers, Cleveland TV Tales II and Cleveland Radio Tales.  One of his previous books, Radio Daze, received national attention and was adapted as part of a stage presentation at the renowned Cleveland Play House.  Janice and Mike’s current book … Smoky, Sweaty, Rowdy and Loud… looks at Northeast Ohio’s rock and roll landmarks.  Their book about TV kids show hosts is due this fall.

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

Beth Richards and 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

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, Flight, was published in May 2019.

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.



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