Not only is there no shame living in what coastal residents often call "flyover country," a local book publisher is going to celebrate it -- for the second time.
The second Flyover Fest, featuring authors, musicians and filmmakers representing a range of voices, will be held May 10 to 12 at several venues in Columbus.
Flyover Fest is organized by Two Dollar Radio, an independent publisher, film producer, bookstore and cafe at 1124 Parsons Ave. in Columbus, just east of German Village.
"There's a lot going on," said Brett Gregory, a partner in Two Dollar Radio with Eric Obenauf and Eliza Wood-Obenauf, the husband-and-wife team that founded the publishing house in 2002.
The festival, which is expected to be bigger than its debut event last May, is a way to unite creative forces in the Midwest, Gregory said.
The event will begin with a performance by singer-guitarist Yowler, aka Maryn Jones, from 7 to 9 p.m. May 10 at Two Dollar Radio. Admission will be free.
Gregory said an important part of the three-day event will be the book and music fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 at Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St., and Spacebar, 2590 N. High St. Again, admission will be free.
The event will feature nearly 30 independent book publishers, booksellers, record labels and comics writers and artists from throughout the United States.
"It doesn't have to be the Midwest," Gregory said.
Other artist appearances will be made May 11 at Bossy Grrls Pin Up Joint, 2598 N. High St. Tickets will be $2 at the door.
Tom Konitzer, who works at the Two Dollar Radio cafe and rounded up musicians for the festival, said the event's scheduled music performances will include everything from rock to hip-hop, with at least one local act in every show.
"I'm very happy with the lineup," Konitzer said.
For more information, including a schedule, the cost of each event and how to purchase tickets, go to theflyoverfest.com.