Author: Leslie Korenko

2012 News & Events

Leslie was interviewed for and is featured in Patricia Fry's new book "Talk Up Your Book." This is a must have for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable speaking in public and promoting...well, anything! This book is available on Instead of attending a conference, just sit back and listen to what amounts to a panel discussion where successful authors share their tips, strategies, and some really funny stories about talking up their books. 
November 1 - The Sandusky Art Walk, which showcases local artisans on the first Thursday of the summer months, is hosting an Author Signing at the Sandusky Library from 5-8 pm. Unfortunately, due to an unexpected death in the family, I had to cancel my appearance. I heard it was really great though and I look forward to next year.
October 13 - Book signing at Ex Libris Book Store in Marblehead. This is the Marblehead Lighthouse Festival weekend (also the Festival of the Grapes). Big big weekend. I'll be there from 10:30 to 2:00 pm, and then I get to explore. A bit breezy but people were enticed in by the quaint look of a library and bookstore in an old house. You should stop by and check it out. But they are their winter hours now, weekends only.
October 16 (Tuesday) - Presentation on historic Kelleys Island at the Ottawa County Genealogical Society. The Slideshow presentation will be at 7 pm at the Ida Rupp Library (310 Madison ) in Port Clinton and features pictures from the Island's past. There will be door prizes, a Question and Answer session, and Leslie will be available to sign her books after the pressentation. Almost 50 people attended. What a great audience. So many people think that Kelleys Island is in Ottawa Co., but it is actually the only island in ERIE County. Six lucky attendees won door prizes (Doors, Windows, Houses, Historic Houses, Barns and Outhouse Posters).
October 20 - Leslie joins other local authors at a book signing at the Book Exchange in Port Clinton (which is located on Madison Street). This is one cool bookstore featuring new and used, old and new books. What fun - it was the Halloween Trick or Treat afternoon too. Got to see really cute costumed kids. My favorite was a child in a shark suit, his head sticking out a bit from upper and lower shark teeth. When I commented on his being a shark he responded that he wasn't a shark, but a victim! I should have seen that coming.
I was lucky enough to meet with four ladies doing genealogy on their families. Lynne Swensen, Susan Clark, Maryanne Laubner and Laurel Nette. They came from Mass., Texas, California and Lakeside OH. Imagine a whole week exploring their roots and discovering the family histories of the Ward, Rush, Titus, Holbrook, Worden, Woodford and Hamilton families.

September 8 - Book signing and art show at the Butterfly Festival at the Historical museum. Plan to spend the day touring the island - after all it IS Treasure Island Day (an island-wide garage sale event). Lots of people, LOADS of treasure - best comment was made by a little girl who said: This is WAY better than the dollar store!

August 11 - Come to the annual meeting of the Kelleys Island Historical Association. I'll be giving a presentation on Historic Kelleys Island at 2:15 at the Old Stone Church on Division St. Everyone is welcome (Saturday). This is a rare chance to see the inside of the old church built in the 1860's. Full house, lots of questions, and the highest compliment a speaker can get from someone who knows the island's history - "I actually learned something I didn't know!"
August 18 - KI Homecoming. My favorite event on the island. Entertainment, food, competitions, shopping and a parade. It is an old-fashioned, small town celebration.
July 20 - Presentation slideshow about historic Kelleys Island at the North Central Emergency Management Agency meeting, right here on Kelleys Island. As an added bonus, these great people get to take in the first day of Islandfest!. This meeting will be rescheduled - rough seas resulted in limited ferry service. Some people had to wait 3 hours to get over!

July 20/21 - Islandfest on the Island. I will be partnering with the KI Landowners Assoc. so there will be some really cool stuff to buy. Each year they choose an historic picture from the island for their t-shirts. You can see them HERE. 
May 21 - Kelley Island and the Civil War presentation at the Erie Co Genealogy Society. a great group of dedicated genealogists. This is the place to go for help in Erie Co. I actually met two people that I had helped solve island family mysteries!

May 24 - Leslie will be presenting her Civil War slideshow for the Memorial Day meeting of the Sandusky Rotary Club at the Castaway Bay Ballroom in Sandusky. About 70 people attended. I had no idea that this organization was so public minded and involved in the community.
The THIRD volume of the island's history has just arrived from the printers! YIPPEEEEE.

May 26 - A special event at the Sweet Valley Trading Post on the island. Thanks everyone for stopping by - even though the THIRD book got delayed at the printers! John Sabol had his books about the Czechs and Slovaks in Cleveland and he is looking for stories and pictures about their connections to Kelleys Island.

The Summer issue of Inland Seas magazine, the quarterly journal of the Great Lakes Historical Society will feature an article by Leslie about the first steamboat on the Great Lakes, the Walk-in-the-Water, launched in 1818. Over 2,150 individuals from 47 states and four countries are members of the Society.

The Spring issue of the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly (vol. 52, No. 1) contains an article by Leslie, summarizing the news and events of the summer of 1869. The Independent Order of Island Loafers continues to meet at The Lodge and has checkers on the brain, William Becker is Blacksmithing again at the shops of Jacob Hays, and the winter mail carrier sets his rates: 10 cents on 1-2 pound packages and 15 cents to $2 on larger ones. The Catholic Church raised $180 at a fair held at the hall.
April 12-14 - Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Cleveland. On Saturday, the Society will be presenting Leslie with the Henry Howe Award for an Ohio state, county, or local history book. Leslie competed with books published in the last five years, for this award. Wow - 3 days of conferences, speakers, and luncheons. And the best part was that I received the Henry Howe Award for outstanding Ohio history book!

April 18 - Sandusky Library Brown Bag Lunch Series at the Follett House. I'll be presenting a slideshow on Kelleys Island and the contributions and adventures of the island soldiers during the Civil War. A great group of 45 people attended. I was surprised and pleased to see Ted Blatt and Glenn and Mickey Holzhauser there. The library wrote: "Thank you so much for your wonderful brown bag talk on Kelleys Island and the Civil War. We had an excellent turn out and I heard lots of great comments. Thanks for sharing your expertise!"