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I'm available for your Book Club, Senior Citizen event, Library or School "Meet the Author," or even an informal get together. I'm a storyteller and I enjoy talking to people about my books and writing in general. 


Podcast: Big Time Talker with Burke Allen
Bringing Respect to Other People's Stories with Barry Kienzle

“You draw courage from other people.”

Barry’s Kienzle's book, “Heart of a Lion,” covers the true story of Willie Burton, a young athlete who lives with cerebral palsy, and his fight to make it onto his high school wrestling team. Barry tells the inspiring story about how he reached out to Barry and his mother, Brenda, for the chance to carefully handle Willie’s touching story. Barry talks about the importance of understanding the faith and thought process behind people and their experiences when telling their stories.

A Look Back at Some Memorable Events

Zoom into Books with Headline Books

Hosted by Headline Books, these Zoom presentations with award-winning author, Barry Kienzle, explored the challenges of writing historical fiction and a memoir.

Southern Christmas Show with Headline Books

Charlotte, NC | November 2019

The Rotary Club of Florence

Local Author/Paul Hemmer CFO Barry Kienzle spoke at the Rotary's luncheon about how he was affected by Polio in his youth.

December 2016

Optimist Club of Covington - Local Author Speaker Series Luncheon

I spoke at the club's "Local Author Speaker Series Luncheon". TBNK taped and rebroadcast this event to the viewing public.

November 2016

Seven Hills Indian Motorcycle Riders Group in August, 2016

I had a fun evening at the Seven Hills Indian Motorcycle Riders Group meeting hosted at American Heritage Motorcycles in Loveland, Ohio speaking about and signing my new novel, The Indian. Those folks love their Indians! Thanks to Patrick Serdula, Chapter President for allowing me to spend time with their members.

Barry on "Speak Up Talk Radio Network" in June, 2016

You can listen and download here!

NEA Expo with Headline Books

Washington, DC | July 2016

Barry Kienzle exhibited with Headline Books at the National Education Association EXPO. The NEA is America's oldest and largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education.

Barry on the Lana Kay Show discussing The Crossings

Original air date: April 3, 2015 (click on video below to view)

Reader's Favorite – Miami International Book Fair

Miami, Florida |November 21, 2015

As a Bronze Medal Winner in the Young Adult - Coming of Age category for The Crossings in the 2015 International Book Award Contest, I was featured at the Reader's Favorite Award Reception along with other Headline Books award winners.

Janeen's Book Club / WGRR Kroger Book Club

Ft. Mitchell Kroger | September 30, 2015

I was invited by Janeen Coyle to be a local guest author for the WGRR Kroger Book Club's September meeting. I enjoyed talking about The Crossings with Janeen and the people who came out to meet me!



Books by the Banks

Cincinnati USA Book Festival | October 11, 2014

I was honored to be invited to take part in the 8th annual Books by the Banks in October of 2014 at Duke Energy Center. Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place every October in downtown Cincinnati. The day-long festival, which is free and open to the public, features national, regional, and local authors and illustrators; book signings; panel discussions; and activities for the entire family to enjoy.


BookExpo America with Headline Books

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City | May 29-31, 2014

Shortly after The Crossings was published, I was invited to attend BEA with my publisher, Headline Books, the 2013 Independent Publisher of the Year to promote my new book. BookExpo America (BEA) is the largest annual book trade fair in the U.S. Nearly all significant book publishers in the United States, and many from abroad, have booths and exhibits at BEA, and use the fair as an opportunity to showcase upcoming titles and sell current books. Authors, librarians, and buyers for book retailers also attend the event.


Amazon's Top 100 List

The Crossings broke into Amazon's Top 100 list on 2/17/15 when it was ranked #88 in the Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Christian Family Fiction category. It's only appropriate that this news came on Fat Tuesday. Just a few weeks later, The Crossings climbed quickly up the ladder and hit #1 on Amazon in Teen Literature & Fiction, Religious/Christian/Family category! Since then, it has remained in the top 100 in the category. Thanks to all of you who have helped make this possible with your support.


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