David Giffels

photo of the entrance to the Bellwether Music Festival
DAVID GIFFELS

There’s a relatively new music festival near Dayton that bears the nickname many political watchers have given Ohio: Bellwether. For author David Giffels, who’s working on a new book about what's on the minds of voters ahead of next year’s presidential election, that was enough for him to include it in his travels around the state. In this month's check-in with Giffels, we talk with him about his recent trip to the Bellwether Music Festival.

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David Giffels believes the journey to understanding America begins with Ohio. Traveling around the state, the Akron-based writer is working on a new book ahead of next year’s election.

1873 guide map of Ohio
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David Giffels is on a journey to understand America, and for the Akron-based writer, that starts in Ohio.  He’s traveling around the state, working on a new book in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. 

photo of David Giffels with the lid of his coffin
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David Giffels has written about his hometown of Akron.  He’s written about the joy and pain of restoring a falling-down mansion in the city.  In his new book, he writes about building a coffin. 

Furnishing Eternity is the story of what lead Giffels to think he needed to build himself a coffin, the time he spent with his father building it and the loss he had to come to terms with during that time.