The Authors

Mark Your Calendars for the 14th Annual
Annapolis Book Festival on Saturday, April 16, 2016!

The Annapolis Book Festival is known for featuring top fiction and non-fiction authors, year after year. Authors who have been featured at past Festivals include:

Jeffery Deaver, Robert Ehrlich, James Fallows, Marlin Fitzwater, Kathie Lee Gifford, Christopher Hitchens, Alberto Gonzales, Gwen Ifill, Jim Lehrer, Laura Lippman, Alice McDermott, Dee Dee Meyers, Katherine Neville, Tom Oliphant, Daniel H. Pink, Diane Rehm, Bob Schieffer, Kenneth Starr, Michael Steele, Evan Thomas, and Juan Williams.


"The Annapolis Book Festival has become a major literary event, anticipated not only by local bibliophiles in Maryland, but also by authors throughout the mid-Atlantic area.  It brings together authors and readers in a convivial setting and in groups small enough to feel intimate, but large enough to generate enthusiastic discussion." Craig Symonds, professor of history and author of The Battle of Midway

Authors Appearing in 2015

Alberto Gonzales Photo by Rob Lindsay

Alberto R. Gonzales

A Conservative and Compassionate Approach to Immigration Reform

Alberto R. Gonzales was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate as the 80th attorney general of the United States in February 2005 and served in that capacity until September 2007. He has worked as a partner at the Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins and held positions as justice on the Texas Supreme Court, Texas Secretary of State, general counsel to the Governor of Texas, and counsel to the President of the United States. Judge Gonzales has also served as a visiting professor and minority/veteran recruitment consultant at Texas Tech University. He attended the United States Air Force Academy, Rice University and Harvard Law School.
Aviva Chomsky

Aviva Chomsky


Aviva Chomsky is a professor of history and coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Her books include Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, A History of the Cuban Revolution, Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working, They Take Our Jobs! And Twenty Other Myths about Immigration and West Indian Workers, and The United Fruit Company in Costa Rica, 1870-1940. Dr. Chomsky's recent work has been in three main areas: the Cuban revolution, northern Colombia's coal industry, and immigration and undocumentedness in the United States. Thematically, she incorporates the issues of economic development, migration, labor, environment, and global inequality.

Jim Dwyer

Jim Dwyer

More Awesome Than Money

Jim Dwyer, in his fourth decade as a newspaper reporter, is an author or co-author of six books, including 102 Minutes, which spent twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for the National Book Award. At the New York Times, where he has worked since 2001, he covered war, the calamities of 9/11, Katrina and Sandy; local, state and national politics; courts and cops; and arts and sciences. Mr. Dwyer won a Pulitzer for spot news as a member of a Newsday team in 1992 and another for commentary in 1995 for his columns. In addition, he contributed to the 9/11 coverage at the Times that won the Pulitzer for Public Service. As the "About New York" columnist for the last seven years, Mr. Dwyer's job has been to write about the joys, follies and serendipities of the city and was featured as a prominent voice in a documentary by Ken Burns on the Central Park jogger case. He was born and raised in New York City and received a biology degree from Fordham and a journalism degree from Columbia.

Amitai Etzioni

Amitai Etzioni

The New Normal

Amitai Etzioni is a professor of international affairs at George Washington University. He served as a senior advisor in the Carter White House; taught at Columbia University, Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley; and served as the president of the American Sociological Association.

Marc Rotenberg

Marc Rotenberg

Privacy in the Modern Age

Marc Rotenberg is president and executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. He teaches information privacy and open government law at Georgetown University Law Center and frequently testifies before Congress on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. Mr. Rotenberg testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism," and has authored many amicus briefs for federal and state courts. He is a founding board member and former chair of the Public Interest Registry, which manages the .ORG domain. Mr. Rotenberg is the editor of The Privacy Law Sourcebook and co-editor of Information Privacy Law. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, and received an LL.M in international and comparative law. Mr. Rotenberg served as counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee after graduation from law school and was named one of the top lawyers in America 2013-2014 by Lawdragon. Click for information about Mr. Rotenberg's book.

Kathy Hunt

Kathy Hunt

Fish Market

A longtime food and travel writer, Kathy Hunt’s work has appeared in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Baltimore Sun, and online at VegNews, BackHomeZester Daily, and Epicurious. Her seafood cookbook, Fish Market, was dubbed by Weight Watchers as “one of the top ten books to give and receive in 2013.” Ms. Hunt was a contributing writer for the food encyclopedia Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Super Bowl and an upcoming book on craft brewers and distillers. Along with writing, she is a lecturer, photographer and cooking instructor. An alumna of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Ms. Hunt holds two master of science degrees.  Click to view Ms. Hunt's website.

Mary Lou Baker

Mary Lou Baker

Seafood Lover's Chesapeake Bay

Mary Lou Baker has been a food and travel writer since the 1980s, first as a restaurant reviewer and weekly travel columnist for the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, and later as food and wine editor at Baltimore Magazine. She has also served as the restaurant reviewer for Chesapeake Life, Annapolis Lifestyle and Shore Living magazines.

Michael Moss

Michael Moss

Salt Sugar Fat

Michael Moss was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2010, and was a finalist for the prize in 2006 and 1999. He is also the recipient of a Loeb Award and an Overseas Press Club citation. Before coming to the New York Times, Mr. Moss was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons. Click to view Mr. Moss's website.

Martin Goldsmith Photo by Amy Roach

Martin Goldsmith

Alex's Wake

Martin Goldsmith is the host and classical music programmer for SiriusXM Radio’s “Symphony Hall” and hosted NPR’s “Performance Today” from 1989 to 1999. He is the author of The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany and the popular Composer Portrait series for Washington's National Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Goldsmith has sung in the chorus of the Baltimore Opera Company and acted in many roles in Washington-area theaters, including Arena Stage. He lives in Maryland. Click to see information about Martin Goldsmith's newest book Alex's Wake.

Glen Kurtz

Glenn Kurtz

Three Minutes in Poland

Glenn Kurtz is the author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film, which was named a Best Book of 2014 by the New Yorker, the Boston Globe and NPR. His first book is Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music. Mr. Kurtz also hosts “Conversations on Practice,” a series about the writing process and the writer’s life. Guests have included Martin Amis, Jennifer Egan, Patti Smith, and many others. Click to view Mr. Kurtz's website.

Eric Licthtblau

Eric Lichtblau

The Nazis Next Door

Eric Lichtblau is a New York Times investigative reporter in Washington DC. In 2006 he won a Pulitzer Prize for stories on the NSA’s secret wiretapping operations. Mr. Lichtblau has also appeared as a frequent guest on such shows as CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, C-SPAN, ABC. He is the author of Bush’s Law: The Remaking of American Justice.

Sarah Wildman

Sarah Wildman

Paper Love

Sarah Wildman has reported across Europe and the Middle East for the New York Times, Slate and the New Yorker, among other places, and is a former New Republic staffer. She is the recipient of the Peter R. Weitz Prize from the German Marshall Fund “for excellence and originality in reporting on Europe and the transatlantic relationship” for the series in Slate, where Paper Love originated. Ms. Wildman lives in Washington, D.C. Click to view Ms. Wildman's website.

John Nagl

John A. Nagl

Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice

John A. Nagl is the ninth headmaster of the Haverford School in Haverford, PA, and a member of the board of advisors at the Center for a New American Security, where he previously served as president. His writings have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy, among others. Dr. Nagl has appeared on the News Hour with Jim Leher, National Public Radio, 60 Minutes, Washington Journal, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He led a tank platoon in Operation Desert Storm and served as the operations officer of a tank battalion task force in Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star medal. He earned his master’s degree in military arts and sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, where he received the George C. Marshall Award as the top graduate, and his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

James Risen

James Risen

Pay Any Price

James Risen is an investigative journalist for the New York Times based in Washington, DC. In 2006, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. That work became the basis for his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. That same year, Mr. Risen won the Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. He co-wrote The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB with Milton Bearden and Wrath of Angels: The American Abortion War with Judy L. Thomas. Mr. Risen is a graduate of Brown University, where he majored in history and received a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

John C. Unitas Jr.

John C. Unitas Jr.

Johnny U and Me

John C. Unitas Jr. is the son of Johnny Unitas and the president of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc., which bestows the Golden Arm Award each year upon a college player. He co-wrote Johnny U and Me with Edward L. Brown. Mr. Unitas lives in Baldwin, Maryland. Click to view the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Education Foundation's website.

David Greene Photo by David P. Gilkey

David Greene

Midnight in Siberia

David Greene is co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition. He spent five years as NPR’s Moscow bureau chief and has covered politics and events from the White House and abroad for over ten years. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife.

Andrea Chapin Photo by Ric Kallaher

Andrea Chapin

The Tutor

Andrea Chapin acted professionally, touring Germany in Edward Albee’s Seascape. She has been an editor at art, movie, theater, and literary magazines, including the Paris Review, Conjunctions and the Lincoln Center Theater Review. Ms. Chapin has written for such publications as More, Redbook, Town & Country, Self, and Martha Stewart Living. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Alex Myers

Alex Myers


Alex Myers is a writer, teacher and speaker. He was raised as a girl in Paris, Maine, where he lived until he attended Phillips Exeter Academy. At Exeter, Mr. Myers came out as transgender, returning his senior year as a man after attending for three years as a woman. After Exeter, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard and completed his MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he wrote Revolutionary, his debut novel. Mr. Myers currently lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and two cats. Click to view Mr. Myers's website.

Erika Robuck

Erika Robuck

The House of Hawthorne

Erika Robuck is an historical fiction writer, book blogger, and voracious reader. Her first novel, Receive Me Falling was self-published; thereafter, Penguin Random House published Hemingway's Girl, Call Me Zelda, Fallen Beauty, and a short story anthology to which she contributed,Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion. Her forthcoming novel The House of Hawthorne will release in May 2015. Ms. Robuck writes about and reviews historical fiction at her blog, "Muse," and is a contributor to fiction blog, "Writer Unboxed." She is also a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Hemingway Society, the Millay Society, and the Hawthorne Society. Click to view Ms. Robuck's website.