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Authors Appearing in 2016



A CONVERSATION WITH DIANE REHM


Diane Rehm’s new memoir On My Own is a powerful and deeply personal account of how one says goodbye to a spouse of fifty-four years. It also recounts the new life that is possible, after that partner is gone. Suffering from Parkinson’s disease, John Rehm begged to be helped to die. A searing portrait of marriage and bereavement, On My Own illuminates how this beloved NPR host came to be a compelling spokesperson for the right-to-die movement. Bethanne Patrick, editor of The Books that Changed My Life, moderates.


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Diane Rehm

On My Own

Diane Rehm has hosted the Diane Rehm Show on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, DC, since 1979; the show has a weekly listening audience of two and a half million. Currently, it is broadcast on nearly two hundred stations and Sirius Satellite Radio across the country, as well as internationally by Armed Forces Radio Network. She lives in Washington, DC.

Bethanne Patrick
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Bethanne Patrick

The Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People

Moderator - Bethanne Patrick is the author of An Uncommon History of Common Things (coauthor John Thompson), and An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy. She is a contributing editor at the Literary Hub. Ms. Patrick's essays, reviews and interviews appear in various publications, including the Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly, O the Oprah Magazine, and many more. In 2009, she created #FridayReads, which continues to attract thousands of readers on social media around the world every week.

BECOMING NICOLE: THE TRANSFORMATION OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY


Becoming Nicole is the story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and a family’s journey to understanding. Granted wide-ranging access to personal diaries, home videos, clinical journals, legal documents, medical records, and the family members themselves, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years researching this in-depth account of an American family confronting an issue that is at the center of today’s cultural debate. Ultimately, Becoming Nicole is the story of an extraordinary girl who fought for the right to be herself. WBAL reporter Jayne Miller moderates.

Amy Ellis Nutt
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Amy Ellis Nutt

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

Amy Ellis Nutt is a science writer at the Washington Post. She was formerly a reporter at the Newark Star-Ledger where she won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for her article "The Wreck of the Lady Mary." Ms. Ellis Nutt's first job in journalism was as a fact-checker at Sports Illustrated. She is a graduate of Smith College and has master's degrees in philosophy from M.I.T. and journalism from Columbia University. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and has taught at both Columbia and Princeton.  Click to read a review of Becoming Nicole in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Twitter: @amyellisnutt
Website: amynutt.com 
Facebook: Amy Ellis Nutt

Jayne Miller

Jayne Miller

Moderator - Jayne Miller is an award-winning, chief investigative reporter at WBAL-TV where she has worked for more than thirty years. She has uncovered corrupt public officials and unethical practices in private business, and raised issues of accountability and effectiveness in public policy, leading to changes in legislation and regulations. In 2011 and in 2007 Ms. Miller was named by Baltimore Magazine as one of the fifty most powerful people in the region. And, in 2012, she received the Radio Television Digital New Association's Edward R. Murrow award for her investigative work about Maryland’s judiciary. The Women's Law Center in Baltimore has recognized Ms. Miller for her contribution to women's rights and she has been recognized by the House of Ruth for her reporting on domestic violence. In 2016, she won a DuPont award from Columbia Journalism School for her investigative work on the death of Freddie Gray. Ms. Miller lives in the city of Baltimore and serves on the boards of directors for Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake and the Citizens Planning and Housing Association.

THE BILLION DOLLAR SPY: A TRUE STORY OF COLD WAR ESPIONAGE AND BETRAYAL


Drawing on declassified CIA secret documents and countless interviews, author and Pulitzer Prize-winner David E. Hoffman chronicles the true story of Soviet engineer and radar expert Adolf Tolkachev. From 1978 to 1985, Tolkachev delivered technical military secrets to agents of the CIA’s Moscow station right under the nose of the feared KGB. It is estimated that his cooperation saved the United States more than $2 billion in research and manufacturing costs. Complete with meetings on darkened street corners, hidden cameras and disguises, The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal reads like a daring thriller. Doug Norton, author of Code Word: Paternity, moderates.

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David E. Hoffman

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal

David E. Hoffman, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, is a contributing editor at the Washington Post. He joined the newspaper in 1982, and covered the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. He was later diplomatic correspondent, and the newspaper’s bureau chief in Jerusalem and Moscow. On returning to Washington in 2001, Mr. Hoffman was foreign editor and then assistant managing editor for foreign news, until 2009. He is the author of The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia and The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, and The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal.  Mr. Hoffman has been a correspondent for three documentary films on public health for FRONTLINE: Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria (2013), The Trouble with Antibiotics (2014), and The Trouble with Chicken (2015).


Doug Norton

Doug Norton

Moderator - Doug Norton is a former navy captain and the author of Code Word: Paternity, a novel of the U.S. presidency, intelligence and diplomacy. His naval career included diplomatic assignments in Geneva, Brussels, London, and Washington. He has been a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, naval advisor to the U.S. ambassador to NATO, and director of international studies at the Naval Academy, his alma mater. After naval service spanning most of the Cold War, Mr. Norton was an executive recruiter for fifteen years. He and his wife live in Annapolis, where he volunteers with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Anne Arundel Medical Center. The next novel in his Presidential Thriller series, Home of the Brave, is coming in August.


NIXON: A RETROSPECTIVE


Richard Nixon was one of our most complicated American presidents. Join Evan Thomas, author of Being Nixon: A Man Divided, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tim Weiner, author of One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon, as they peel back the layers of this brilliant and paradoxical 37th president to reveal an insecure and distrusting man. Naval Academy professor Stephen Wrage moderates.

Evan Thomas
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Evan Thomas

Being Nixon: A Man Divided

Evan Thomas is the author of nine books including: The Wise Men (with Walter Isaacson), Robert Kennedy, John Paul Jones, Sea of Thunder, The War Lovers,Ike’s Bluff, and Being Nixon. John Paul Jones and Sea of Thunder were New York Times bestsellers. He was a writer, correspondent and editor for thirty-three years at Time and Newsweek, including ten years (1986–96) as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek, where, at the time of his retirement in 2010, he was editor-at-large. Mr. Thomas wrote more than one hundred cover stories and in 1999 won a National Magazine Award. He wrote Newsweek’s fifty-thousand-word election specials in 1996, 2000, 2004 (winner of a National Magazine Award), and 2008. Mr. Thomas has appeared on many TV and radio talk shows, including Meet the Press and the Colbert Report, and has been a guest on PBS’s Charlie Rose more than forty times. The author of dozens of book reviews for the New York Times and the Washington Post, he has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton, where, from 2007 to 2014, he was Ferris Professor of Journalism.

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Tim Weiner

One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon

Tim Weiner is the author of five books. Legacy of Ashes, his history of the CIA, won the National Book Award. His journalism on secret government programs received the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. As a correspondent for the New York Times, he covered war and terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, and other nations. He directs the Carey Institute's nonfiction residency program in upstate New York and teaches as an Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies at Princeton.


Stephen Wrage

Stephen Wrage

Moderator - Stephen Wrage earned his B.A. in classics in 1974 at Amherst College. On graduating he went to Athens for two years where he taught at Athens College, a school for Greek students. Returning to the U.S., Dr. Wrage taught at St. Albans School in Washington, worked at the Brookings Institution, and attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Beginning in 1980 he served as assistant dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Dr. Wrage has published scholarly articles and books on a variety of topics in ethics and American foreign policy and is the author of a number of widely used case studies of actual ethical quandaries experienced by officers in the American military. In 2004 he published Immaculate Warfare, a study of the ethical, practical and command issues raised by precision-guided munitions. Dr. Wrage's latest book is Spirits Talking: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Abigail Adams Argue Right and Wrong in the Affairs of States. In 2016 he will publish The Politics and Strategy of No-Fly Zones. Dr. Wrage is an open ocean sailor and brews his own beer.


SWEET ENVY: DECEPTIVELY EASY DESSERTS DEMONSTRATION


Seton Rossini is a baker, blogger, Food Network Challenge competitor, and a former design director at Food & Wine magazine. In Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show, she takes her inspiration from artists, vintage sweets, cocktails, and more to create desserts that are crazy fun, breathtakingly beautiful, yet surprisingly simple. Martha Stewart picked her book as one of "14 Cookbooks Every Newlywed Needs." Key School’s Director of Enrollment and Outreach Tom Rossini moderates.

Seton Rossini
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Seton Rossini

Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show

Seton Rossini is a baker, blogger, award-winning designer, and a former design director at Food& Wine magazine. Her whimsical pastry creations have been featured in the windows of Macy’s, she’s competed on a Food Network Challenge, and demonstrated her succulent cupcakes on ABC's The Chew. Ms. Rossini's cookbook Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show was published in October 2015. Her blog Pixel Whisk was inspired by a love of all things sweet. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York City, she continues to art direct and design on a daily basis. After living thirteen years in New York, she recently relocated to her hometown of Annapolis, where she lives with her husband and son. Martha Stewart picked her book as one of "14 Cookbooks Every Newlywed Needs." And read about Ms. Rossini in the Capital-Gazette.
Twitter: @pixelwhisk
Website: www.setonrossini.com
Blog: www.pixel-whisk.com


Tom Rossini

Tom Rossini

Moderator - Tom Rossini has served as the Director of Enrollment and Outreach at Key since July 2015. He comes to Key School with over ten years of admission and student recruitment experience. Prior to Key, Mr. Rossini served as the director of international student recruitment and associate director of admission at Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA and assistant director of admission at Columbia Prep in New York City. Most recently, he served as the director of upper school admission at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY before moving to Maryland with his family. Mr. Rossini earned a B.A. in visual media arts from Emerson College and an M.A. in digital media design for learning from New York University.

BLACK IN AMERICA


The statistics are staggering: blacks in America are twenty-one times more likely to be killed by police than whites, they have nearly six times the incarceration rate, and unemployment rates have been consistently double that of other groups for decades. Join historian Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and professor D. Watkins, The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America for a powerful retrospective and personal examination of the black experience in America. Baltimore lawyer Ivan Bates moderates.

Ibram X. Kendi
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Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Ibram X. Kendi is an assistant professor of African American history at the University of Florida. He authored the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965–1972. Mr. Kendi has received research fellowships, grants and visiting appointments from a variety of universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the American History Association, Library of Congress, National Academy of Education, Spencer Foundation, Lyndon B. Johnson Library &Museum, Rutgers Center for History Analysis, Brown, Princeton, Duke University, University of Chicago, and UCLA. Before entering academia, he worked as a journalist and his writings have appeared in the Virginian-Pilot, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Philadelphia Weekly, the Tallahassee Democrat, and other publications. As a professor, he has contributed pieces to a number of journals and publications, including Diverse:Issues in Higher Education, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and TheRoot.com. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

D. Watkins
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D. Watkins

The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America

D. Watkins is a columnist for Salon. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. Mr. Watkins holds a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University and an M.F.A. from the University of Baltimore, where he teaches creative writing. He is the founder of the BMORE Writers Project and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a BME Fellowship. Mr. Watkins has been featured as a guest and commentator on such shows as NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s Erin Burnett Show, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show, and NPR’s Monday Morning and Tell Me More.  The Beast Side is his debut collection of essays and his memoir The Cook-Up, will be available in May 2016. Mr. Watkins grew up in and will never leave east Baltimore.
Twitter/Instagram: @dwatkinsworld
Website: www.d-watkins.com


Ivan Bates

Ivan Bates

Moderator - Ivan Bates is a defense attorney in Baltimore who has become known as one of the top lawyers in the city and state, handling numerous high profile cases. After earning his J.D. at the College of William and Mary School of Law, where he was a recipient of the Public Service Fellowship and a member of the Black Law Student Association, he was offered a position as an assistant state's attorney (ASA) in the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office. There, he honed his trial and advocacy skills and quickly became an ASA in the homicide division. Mr. Bates found his true calling as a criminal defense attorney and served as co-counsel in a case argued before the Supreme Court of the United States, Maryland v. Blake. In 2006, he started his own law firm Bates and Garcia and established a non-profit organization called the Bmore United Foundation, with the purpose of uplifting and unifying children in Baltimore City. He is president-elect of the Monumental Bar Association and is a member of the board to elect the Baltimore City sitting judges.


AMERICAN POLITICS: CAMPAIGNS OFF THE RAILS


As we go through the 2016 presidential election cycle, it’s a good time to review the long line of unsavory American campaigns. Follow the history of how tabloid tactics, public accusations and bad behavior by presidential candidates and their operatives are reported by the media and perceived by the voting public. Joining us for this timely discussion are Matt Bai, author of All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid and Joseph Cummins, author of Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns. Moderated by former Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening.

Matt Bai
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Matt Bai

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

Matt Bai is the national political columnist for Yahoo News, where his “Political World” column appears every Thursday. Before joining Yahoo at the end of 2013, he was the chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine. Mr. Bai’s most recent book, All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid looks back at the ruinous scandal involving the presidential candidate Gary Hart in 1987 and how it helped shape the political and media culture for decades after. It was selected as one of the year’s best books by NPR and Amazon and was one of ten books long-listed for the PEN Faulkner Award in nonfiction. He appears frequently on such programs as Meet the Press and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Mr. Bai is also a screenwriter, most recently as part of a team that developed a limited TV series based on the disappearance of the Washington intern Chandra Levy in 2001. He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government, and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. He is a graduate of Tufts and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He lives with his family in Bethesda.
Twitter: @mattbai
Website: www.mattbai.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mattbai

Joseph Cummins
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Joseph Cummins

Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns

Joseph Cummins is the author of numerous works of popular history, including Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns. Mr. Cummins and his books have been featured in national media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS, and NPR. He has done lecture tours of universities that include the University of Massachusetts, Virginia Tech University, the University of Idaho, the University of Wyoming, and Auburn University. Mr. Cummins has an M.F.A in creative writing from Columbia University and is a MacDowell Colony Fellow. Before becoming an author, he worked in the publishing industry as creative director of the Book-of-the-Month club. He has published a novel, The Snow Train, as well as short fiction in the Carolina Quarterly, the Michigan Quarterly, Sleet Magazine, The View from Here, the Blue Lake Review, and Local Knowledge 3. He lives with his family in Maplewood, NJ, and teaches at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City. 
Twitter: @josephcummins
Blog: anythingforvote.blogspot.com


Parris N. Glendening

Parris N. Glendening

Moderator - The Honorable Parris N. Glendening is president of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute and the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a technical assistance program run in partnership with the EPA-DOT Partnership for Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth America. In these roles, he travels across the country and around the world advising state and local governments on smart growth, transit, sustainability, land conservation, and stormwater management policies and practices. Governor Glendening served as governor of the State of Maryland from 1995-2003, prior to which he served three terms as elected county executive of Prince George’s County. Governor Glendening taught political science at the University of Maryland, College Park for twenty-seven years and is the author of two books and over 100 articles and conference papers. He was recently named as executive advisor to the American Society for Public Administration and an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects. Governor Glendening holds a doctorate degree in government and politics from Florida State University as well as eight honorary degrees.

FICTION: PAGE-TURNERS


A mysterious disaster and desperate search for water. A professional athlete’s desperate search for the killer of a teammate. First-time novelists bring us their page-turning thrillers―the kind that keep you up at night because you just have to read one more chapter. Former Sports Illustrated editor Bill Syken provides plenty of surprises with Hangman’s Game: A Nick Gallows Mystery, while native Annapolitan Benjamin Warner thrills with Thirst. Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl, moderates.

Bill Syken
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Bill Syken

Hangman's Game: A Nick Gallow Mystery

Bill Syken worked as a staff reporter and editor for Sports Illustrated for eight years. Since leaving the magazine at the end of 2009, he has worked for SI's book division, serving as editor on ten titles and and writing an oral history of the annual swimsuit issue. Before joining SI, Mr. Syken worked as a reporter at daily newspapers in State College, PA, and Augusta, GA. He also worked at an art magazine and a technology magazine. Hangman's Game is his first novel. He resides in Philadelphia. 

Benjamin Warner
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Benjamin Warner

Thirst: A Novel

Benjamin Warner teaches creative writing at Towson University. He holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University. Thirst, an ecological thriller about the disappearance of a community’s water supply, is his first novel. His work has appeared in the Washington PostMagazine, Salon.com, and the Guernica/PEN Flash Series. A native of Annapolis and graduate of The Key School, he now lives in Baltimore.

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Allison Leotta

The Last Good Girl: A Novel

Moderator - Allison Leotta served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, DC. for twelve years where she specialized in sex crimes, domestic violence and crimes against children. Drawing on her experience as a prosecutor, she now writes legal thrillers.

LOVE TO READ: THE BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE


Join author and editor Bethanne Patrick as she discusses The Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People. In the book, one hundred leading authors, politicians, CEOs, actors, and other notables share the books that changed their lives and describe why they love them. Susan Coll, author of The Stager, moderates.

Bethanne Patrick
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Bethanne Patrick

The Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People

Bethanne Patrick is the author of An Uncommon History of Common Things (co-author John Thompson), and An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy. She is a contributing editor at the Literary Hub. Ms. Patrick's essays, reviews and interviews appear in various publications, including the Washington Post,Virginia Quarterly, O the Oprah Magazine, and many more. In 2009 she created #FridayReads, which continues to attract thousands of readers on social media around the world every week.
Twitter: twitter.com/thebookmaven
Website: www.bethannepatrick.com

Susan Coll

Susan Coll

Moderator - Susan Coll is the events and programs director at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC. She is the author of five novels, including The Stager, a New York Times and Chicago Tribune editor’s choice. She is also the author of Acceptance, a satire of the college admissions process, which was made into a 2009 television movie starring Joan Cusack and Mae Whitman, Beach Week, Rockville Pike, and karlmarx.com. Her work has appeared in publications including the Washington Post, NPR.org, atlantic.com, and the Millions.

HAPPY HOUR!: TALES OF AMERICAN BOURBON AND MARYLAND COCKTAILS


Few products better embody the United States, or American business, than bourbon. Reid Mitenbuler’s Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey takes readers behind the curtain of an enchanting—and sometimes exasperating—industry. The book crackles with attitude and commentary about America’s very own whiskey. Gregory and Nicole Priebe mix up one part practical guide and three parts Maryland history in Forgotten Maryland Cocktails: A History of Drinking in the Free State and top it off with a tour of the current craft cocktail and distilling scenes. Annapolis’s Red Red Wine Bar and Dry 85 owner Brian Bolter moderates.

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Reid Mitenbuler

Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey

Reid Mitenbuler is the author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey, a book examining an industry that defines American capitalism better than any other—from the politics of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 to the marvels of Madison Avenue. Mr. Mitenbuler has written for the Atlantic, Slate, Saveur, and Whiskey Advocate, among other publications. Originally from Indianapolis, he currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife.

Greg and Nicole Priebe
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Gregory and Nicole Priebe

Forgotten Maryland Cocktails: A History of Drinking in the Free State

Gregory and Nicole Priebe are the "alcohologists" behind "A History of Drinking," the cocktail blog that pairs random and often obscure historical events with appropriate cocktails. These life-long Marylanders have been active in the national and online cocktail communities since 2009 and have created custom cocktails for Hiram Walker, Crown Royal and many other brands. When they aren't immersed in the spirit-world, Mr. Priebe is an instructional designer for Harford Community College and Ms. Priebe works in finance.
Twitter: twitter.com/drinkinghistorys
Facebook: facebook.com/ahistoryofdrinking
Instagram: instagram.com/ahistoryofdrinking
Website: www.ahistoryofdrinking.com

Brian Bolter

Brian Bolter

Moderator - Brian Bolter traded news for booze. A local television news anchor and reporter for twenty years, he spent the first half of his professional career living in and telling the stories of cities across the country. Settling on the East Coast with his wife and children, he became a familiar face leading the late local news in Washington, D.C. for more than a decade. Leaving local TV news behind, Mr. Bolter opened two bar/restaurants over the course of three years in Annapolis: Red Red Wine Bar and bourbon/craft beer/cocktail-centric DRY 85. Both venues have won awards including Best Wine Program in Maryland and being named one of the Top 75 Bourbon Bars in America.

BIOGRAPHIC: LIVES TOLD IN PICTURES


Commercial artist Jessie Hartland in Steve Jobs: Insanely Great and political cartoonist Ted Rall in Snowden use a comic-book format to document the real lives of two infamously famous Americans. Through illustrated figures and thorough yet uncomplicated blocks of text, Mr. Rall chronicles former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s early life, work experience, personality, and political evolution. Ms. Hartland’s combination of black-and-white illustrations and handwritten text, presents the story of the ultimate American entrepreneur, Steve Jobs. WTMD’s Alex Cortright moderates.

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Jessie Hartland

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great

Jessie Hartland lives and works in New York City and on Long Island. She has painted murals at a Japanese amusement park, designed Christmas windows for Bloomingdale’s,and illustrated ceramics, fabrics, watches, and all sorts of other things. Ms. Hartland has written and illustrated many picture books for children, including How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum and Bon Appetit: The Delicious Life of Julia Child, a graphic biography for all ages. Steve Jobs: Insanely Great, a graphic biography of the tech entrepreneur, was published in 2015 and has been translated into thirteen languages.
Twitter: @JessieHartland
Instagram: jessiehartland
Website: jessiehartland.com

Ted Rall
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Ted Rall

Snowden

Ted Rall is the first American political cartoonist to break out of the underground weekly newspaper scene into major mainstream newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times, where he is a cartoonist and writer. He is an award-winning author and columnist whose works include journalism from Afghanistan and Central Asia, political polemics and seminal graphic novels. Mr. Rall won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his cartoons in 1995 and 2000 and, in 1996, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. In 2011 he won the Alternative Weeklies Award and was a finalist in the Scripps-Howard Journalism Awards for the daily cartoon blog he filed from the front lines of the war in Afghanistan in 2010. Mr. Rall draws strips about high school and superheroes for MAD magazine, short-form comics for the Daily Dot, and cartoons for ANewDomain.net and BreakingModern.com. He is a frequent guest on television and radio outlets, including MSNBC, PBS and NPR.
Twitter: @TedRall
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tedrall Website: www.rall.com


Alex Cortright

Alex Cortright

Moderator - Alex Cortright is a familiar voice in radio and television. Currently, he is the morning show host of 89.7 WTMD in Baltimore. Mr. Cortright has interviewed hundreds of world-renowned personalities in the entertainment industry including musicians, writers, actors, and politicians. For more than a decade, he has been the voice of countless commercials and narrated many documentaries, corporate presentations and training films. Mr. Cortright continues to lend his distinctive voice to charitable events and to functions that support the arts.
Website: www.RightOnAlex.com

ONE NATION, UNDER GODS: A NEW AMERICAN HISTORY


One Nation, Under Gods shows how much more there is to the nation’s spiritual history than we realize. Rather than recite American history from a solely Christian vantage point, Peter Manseau proves that what really happened is worth a closer look. From the persecuted "witches" at Salem, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California and the spirituality and cults in the 1960s, it is an American history unlike any you've read. Author Stewart Moss moderates.

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Peter Manseau

One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History

Peter Manseau is the author of the memoir Vows, the novel Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter, the travelogue Rag and Bone, and the new retelling of American history One Nation, Under Gods. Winner of the National Jewish Book Award, the American Library Association's Sophie Brody Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jewish Literature, the Ribalow Prize for Fiction, and a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, he has also been shortlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and the Prix Médicis étranger, awarded to the best foreign novel published in France. Mr. Manseau received his doctorate in religion from Georgetown University, and is currently curating an exhibit on America's diverse religious past for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. He lives with his family in Annapolis.
Twitter: @petermanseau
Website: www.petermanseau.com

Stewart Moss

Stewart Moss

Moderator - Stewart Moss is the former executive director of the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD and has worked as an educator and fundraiser in educational institutions around the country. He has taught literature and creative writing in both the USA and abroad. Scotland, Greece, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and Nepal are among the countries in which he has lived and worked. Mr. Moss was educated at Union College in New York and Harvard. A native of Boston, he resides in Annapolis.

CHILDHOOD DISRUPTED


According to Donna Jackson Nakazawa, your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children, not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, it also affects our physical health, longevity and overall well-being. In Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal, Ms. Nakazawa shows the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult illnesses such as heart disease, autoimmune disease and cancer. She explains how you can reset your biology and find ways to heal. Key School learning specialist Lee Ann Havard moderates.

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Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology and How You Can Heal

Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning science journalist interested in exploring the intersection between neuroscience, immunology and the deepest inner workings of the human heart. In addition to her work as a science journalist, she lectures nationwide and has been the keynote speaker at numerous events, including the 2012 International Congress on Autoimmunity and the Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Conference, “A Woman’s Journey.” Ms. Jackson Nakazawa has moderated panels for national health symposiums, including the American Association of Autoimmune Related Diseases (AARD) 2010 Summit, and lectured at medical schools nationwide. She is the recipient of the 2012 AESKU award, presented to those who have made a lifetime contribution in the field of autoimmunity, and the 2010 National Health Information Award, which strives to recognize the nation’s best magazine articles in health. She lives with her husband and two children in Stevenson, MD.

Lee Ann Havard

Lee Ann Havard

Moderator - Lee Ann Havard is the Upper School learning specialist and senior class advisor at The Key School where she has been for seven years. Prior to that, she taught students with severe emotional disabilities and coached girls’ soccer for Anne Arundel County Public Schools for many years. Ms. Havard recently completed training in mindfulness-based stress reduction and is pursuing efforts to bring such practices to Key’s Upper School. She earned a B.S. and an M.Ed. in special education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

LOCALLY SOURCED FOOD: DISCUSSION AND DEMONSTRATION


Twenty-five years ago, James Beard Award-nominated chef John Shields introduced the world to the regional cuisine of the Mid-Atlantic in Chesapeake Bay Cooking. In this anniversary edition, Chef Shields combines popular classic dishes with a host of unpublished recipes from his personal archives. He’ll be joined by Jeffrey Greene, an American poet and gourmet living in France. His book In Pursuit of Wild Edibles: A Forager’s Tour tells of his passion for finding wild edibles and creating recipes to highlight their unique flavors. Bring your appetite because food will be served! Executive chef Aaron Norris moderates.

Jeffrey Greene
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Jeffrey Greene

In Pursuit of Wild Edibles: A Forager's Tour

Jeffrey Greene is the author of four collections of poems and a book of dialogues, verse and prose sketches. His memoir French Spirits has appeared in eight countries, and he has written three personalized nature books, most recently In Pursuit of Wild Edibles. Dr. Greene's work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and Humanities Texas, and he received the Randall Jarrell Award, the Discovery/The Nation Award, and the Samuel French Morse Prize. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, the Nation, Ploughshares,American Scholar, and many other periodicals. Dr. Greene is a professor at the American University of Paris and teaches for the Pan-European MFA Program.

John Shields
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John Shields

The 25th Anniversary Edition of Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields

John Shields, chef, author and television personality, is the owner of the celebrated Gertrude's Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Chef Shields is often called the "Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay," and has written four popular cookbooks on the cuisine of the region. The 25th Anniversary Edition of Chesapeake Bay Cookingwith John Shields is a reunion of 25 years of popular classic dishes. He is currently working on The New Chesapeake Kitchen, slated to come out in 2017, is a call to embrace growing, producing, eating, and cooking practices that are "Healthy for Bay and Body."  During his appearances, and in his writings, Chef Shields expresses his passionate convictions about healthy eating and the importance of supporting the growers, producers and food artisans of the Chesapeake Bay region.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChefJohnShields
Blog: thenewchesapeakekitchen.blogspot.com
Website: www.johnshields.com


HEALING VETERANS


Dog is man’s best friend. Laughter is the best medicine. Put them together, and see their power in healing our nation’s heroes. In A Dog's Gift: The Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed by Man's Best Friend, award-winning journalist and author Bob Drury movingly captures the work of paws4people and the broken bodies and souls the organization mends. Physical therapist Adele Levine documented her six years spent rehabilitating wounded soldiers in her memoir Run, Don't Walk: The Curious and Courageous Life Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Jeffrey Wells, founder of the Connected Warrior Foundation, moderates.

Bob Drury
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Bob Drury

A Dog's Gift: The Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed by Man's Best Friend

Bob Drury, the recipient of several national journalism awards, is a three-time National Magazine Award finalist as well as a Pulitzer Prize nominee. He honed his investigative skills writing for all four New York City newspapers as well as a variety of national publications. Mr. Drury’s journalism career has arced from sports to crime to adventure travel to foreign correspondence where, at GQ magazine and Men’s Health magazine, he has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, Bosnia, and Northern Ireland, as well as Darfur, Havana and Port au Prince among other sites. He is the author, co-author, or editor of ten non-fiction books, including: The Last Stand of Fox Company, The Heart of Everything that Is, and The Signature Wound.

Adele Levine
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Adele Levine

Run, Don't Walk: The Curious and Courageous Life Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Adele Levine is a practicing physical therapist. She spent seven years working in the amputee section at Walter Reed Army Medical Center/Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Ms. Levine's darkly funny memoir of her time there, Run, Don't Walk, has been featured on C-span Book TV, Fox News and the Washington Post Book World. Her humor writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Narrative.ly, Biogrophile, Psychology Today, and the Washingtonian. She lives in Silver Spring.
Twitter: @ptadele
Website: www.adelelevine.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Run.Dont.Walk.the.book

Jeffrey Wells

Jeffrey Wells

Moderator - Jeffrey Wells is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and has founded several nonprofits, including the Connected Warrior Foundation, the mission of which is to improve the quality of life and reduce suicide rates within the veteran community. He continues to be an active lobbyist and leader for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to prevent veteran suicide. In addition, Mr. Wells has advised and consulted with corporations and organizations on veterans issues.

NOVELS FOR YOUNG ADULTS: THE SUPERNATURAL WORLD


Festival favorites Brigid Kemmerer, author of Thicker than Water, and T. Michael Martin, author of Mr. Fahrenheit, are back, each with an action-packed coming-of-age novel infused with the supernatural. From a flying saucer to a mysterious stranger, these books take their readers on a search for answers and a race against time.
A. Lynden Rolland, author of Of Delicate Pieces, moderates.

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Brigid Kemmerer

Thicker than Water

Brigid Kemmerer’s writing career began with the series Elemental, which School Library Journal described as “a new take on the supernatural genre.” The story of four gifted teenage boys spans over five novels and three e-novellas. Her latest paranormal novel, Thicker than Water, subtly moves from YA to New Adult through the story of a recently orphaned boy, Thomas. Ms. Kemmerer lives in the Baltimore area with her family and also works full-time as a financial adviser.

T. Michael Martin
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T. Michael Martin

Mr. Fahrenheit

T. Michael Martin is the author of the novel The End Games, as well as a vlogger and the director and co-host of “How to Adult,” a popular life skills YouTube educational channel produced by Vlogbrothers Hank Green and John Green. Martin and his wife live in Indianapolis.


Instagram: www.instagram.com/tmichaelmartin
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tmikemartin
YouTube: www.youtube.com/tmikemartin
Website: www.tmichaelmartin.com

A. Lynden Rolland
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A. Lynden Rolland

Of Delicate Pieces

Moderator - A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis. As a former English teacher, she enjoys visiting classrooms to discuss reading, writing and publishing. When she isn’t writing or chasing her three young children around town, she moonlights as a writing tutor and gymnastics instructor. Her debut novel, Of Breakable Things, was published in 2014. The sequel, Of Delicate Pieces, was released last fall.
Instagram: www.instagram.com/a.lyndenrolland
Twitter: @amyrolland
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ALyndenRolland
GoodReads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6541831.A_Lynden_Rolland


DRONE WARFARE


Join us for a discussion about the origins and implications of drone warfare. From the history of the weapon’s development to the hunt for and destruction of an American imam, we’ll take a look at the huge impact drones have made on military strategy. Panelists include authors Mark Moyar, Strategic Failure: How President Obama's Drone Warfare, Defense Cuts, and Military Amateurism Have Imperiled America, Scott Shane, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone, and Richard Whittle, Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution. Scott Cooper of the organization Human Rights First moderates.

Mark Moyar
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Mark Moyar

Strategic Failure: How President Obama's Drone Warfare, Defense Cuts, and Military Amateurism Have Imperiled America

Mark Moyar is a visiting scholar at the Foreign Policy Initiative. He has served as a professor at the U.S. Marine Corps University, where he held the Kim T. Adamson Chair of Insurgency and Terrorism, and as a senior fellow at the Joint Special Operations University. In recent years, Dr. Moyar has worked as a consultant for the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, U.S. Special Operations Command, and U.S. Central Command. His book entitled Aid for Elites: Building Partner Nations and Ending Poverty Through Human Capital will be coming out in January 2016. He holds a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Cambridge.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarkMoyarAuthor/a>
Twitter: @MarkMoyar
Website:
www.markmoyar.com

Scott Shane
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Scott Shane

Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone

Scott Shane is a reporter in the Washington bureau of the New York Times, where he has covered national security for a decade. His new book, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President and the Rise of the Drone, tells the story of the American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011 at the orders of President Obama. He has written on the debate over torture, WikiLeaks, the National Security Agency, and many other topics. He is a former Moscow correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, and his first book, Dismantling Utopia, is a first hand account of the Soviet collapse.
Twitter:@ScottShaneNYT
Website: scottshane.net

Richard Whittle
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Richard Whittle

Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution

Richard Whittle is the author of Predator:The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution andThe Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey. In 2013-2014 he was a global fellow in International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and a Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. Mr. Whittle has written for the New York Post, the Christian Science MonitorAir & Space Smithsonian, Congressional Quarterly, the Dallas Morning News, the Breaking Defense and Atlantic Monthly websites. He also served as an editor at National Public Radio and has appeared as an interview guest on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, C-SPAN, NPR, and a variety of other television and radio broadcasts. Mr. Whittle and his wife live near Washington, DC.
Twitter:@1RichardWhittle
Website: www.richardwhittle.net

Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper

Moderator - Scott Cooper is the national security outreach director at Human Rights First where he serves as the organization’s chief ambassador to the national security community. Prior to joining Human Rights First, Mr. Cooper spent a career in the Marine Corps flying the EA-6B Prowler, serving five tours in Iraq, two in Afghanistan, one in Europe, and one in the Western Pacific. He also flew the Bosnian and Iraqi no-fly zones, in the Kosovo air campaign, and in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Cooper commanded an EA-6B Prowler squadron and finished his career as the speechwriter to the head of Marine Corps Aviation. An expert on civil-military relations, air power and national security issues, he has published work in the Washington Post, the Washington Quarterly, Policy Review, Proceedings, and the Marine Corps Gazette. Mr. Cooper holds a B.S. in political science from the United States Naval Academy and an M.A. in international relations from the University of Maryland at College Park.

AMERICAN DREAM, AMERICAN GREED


Americans have long been characterized by their ability to achieve their dreams. Recently, corporate greed and a failure of leadership have undermined some American dreams, such as the common dream of home ownership, or the more extravagant dream of becoming a famous athlete. Financial reporter and author Bethany McLean examines the mortgage industry’s failed policies in Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants. Author Ben Strauss reveals how the NCAA failed in its stewardship of college sports and college athletes in Indentured: Inside the Rebellion at the NCAA. John A. Beed, a senior U.S. diplomat on the faculty of the National Defense University, moderates.

Bethany McLean
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Bethany McLean

Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants

Bethany McLean is the co-author of the bestseller The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron with her Fortune colleague Peter Elkind. Her second book, which she co-authored with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, is All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. Ms. McLean is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, a columnist for Fortune.com, and a contributor to CNBC. She lives in Chicago.


Ben Strauss
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Ben Strauss

Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA (coauthor Joe Nocera)

Ben Strauss is the co-author of Indentured: Inside the Rebellion Against the NCAA. For the past four years, he has been a contributing writer for the New York Times, where he has written extensively about college sports. Before that Mr. Strauss worked as a press secretary on Capitol Hill. He lives in Washington, DC.
Twitter: @benjstrauss
Website: benstrauss.net


John A. Beed

John A. Beed

Moderator - John A. Beed is a senior U.S. diplomat on the faculty of the National Defense University. He has served in a wide range of leadership positions with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), most recently as the mission director in India where he guided one of the country's most innovative global partnerships in support of sustainable development. Mr. Beed also served as USAID director in Paraguay, acting mission director in Egypt during the Arab Spring, and as counselor for development cooperation in Tokyo, where he played a key role in mobilizing assistance after Japan's devastating 2011 earthquake.


100 THINGS BASEBALL FANS SHOULD KNOW AND DO BEFORE THEY DIE


Join a discussion that no true fans of the Baltimore Orioles or Washington Nationals should miss. The 100 Things Orioles Fans and Nationals Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die books contain every essential piece of team knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, providing an entertaining and enlightening read for any baseball fan. Orioles reporter Dan Connolly and Washington Post sports news aide Jake Russell show you how to progress to fan superstardom. Key School athletic director Brian Boyd moderates.

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Dan Connolly

100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (coauthor Jim Palmer)

Dan Connolly has spent twenty-four years as a print journalist in Pennsylvania and Maryland. He has been a sportswriter since 1996 and covered the Baltimore Orioles for fifteen seasons, first with the York Daily Record (2001-2005) and then the Baltimore Sun (2005-2015). Mr. Connolly has won multiple writing awards including Maryland Co-Sportswriter of the Year. His first book is 100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Mr. Connolly and his family live in York, PA.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Dan-Connolly
Twitter: @danconnolly2016
Jake Russell
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Jake Russell

100 Things Nationals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

Jake Russell first started writing about sports in 2001 as a freelancer for What's Up? Annapolis. In 2003, he began a decade-long stint with the Washington Redskins website TheHogs.net. An Anne Arundel Community College alumnus and current University of Maryland journalism major, Mr. Russell worked at the Annapolis Capital Gazette and is currently a sports news aide at the Washington Post. He is also a freelance photographer for What's Up? magazine, covering Navy football games and the Military Bowl. In 2014, he created JakeRussellSports.com as an independent outlet to cover DC-area sports.
Twitter: @_JakeRussell
Website: JakeRussellSports.com


Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd

Moderator - Brian Boyd has been a humanities teacher and athletic director for the past fifteen years at The Key School. As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, he served as the shortstop and captain of the varsity baseball team, helping to solidify his love of the game. A lifelong Pirates fan, Mr. Boyd has come to enjoy watching both of his adopted hometown teams, the Orioles and Nationals, play in their respective parks. This panel combines a love for discussion about shared texts and a love of baseball, which makes this an ideal panel for him.


AS IF!: THE ORAL HISTORY OF CLUELESS


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the movie’s release, Jen Chaney weaves together original interviews with the writer/director, cast members and crew in her book, As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as Told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew. She explores the influence of Jane Austen’s Emma as the unlikely framework for the script, the fashion-forward wardrobe, and the unique slang that went into making Clueless one of the most beloved comedies of all time. Television writer and producer Larry Doyle moderates.

Jen Chaney
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Jen Chaney

As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as Told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew

Jen Chaney has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has spent much of that time covering movies, television and popular culture. A former staff writer for the Washington Post, she is currently a freelance critic and writer for numerous outlets, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, Esquire, New York magazine's Vulture, Uproxx, and others. Her book, As If!: The Oral History of Clueless, as Told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew, was released in July and highlighted on Entertainment Weekly's Must List; an excerpt from the book appeared in the July 2015 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Ms. Chaney is also an adjunct journalism professor at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies and a graduate of the College of William & Mary. You can hear her movie reviews every Friday on WTOP. 
Twitter: @chaneyj
Instagram: chaney72
Website: jenchaneyonline.com

Larry Doyle

Larry Doyle

Moderator - Larry Doyle is an author, screenwriter and producer. His first novel, I Love You, Beth Cooper won the 2008 Thurber Award for Humor Writing. His second novel, Go, Mutants! came out in 2010. Deliriously Happy, a collection of humor pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, was published in 2011. Mr. Doyle was a writer and producer of "The Simpsons” for four years; he also wrote the films “Duplex,” “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” and “I Love You, Beth Cooper.”
Website: larrydoyle.com

FICTION: A DEATH IN THE FAMILY


How does one recover from a tragedy? How do tragedies affect families? Internationally best-selling author Sarah Pekkanen takes us inside a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting in Things You Don’t Say. Debut novelist Chris Scotton’s dramatic and deeply moving novel The Secret Wisdom of the Earth tells of an act of violence in a small, Southern town and the repercussions that will forever change a young man's view of human cruelty and compassion. Dana Cann, author of Ghosts of Bergen County, moderates.

Sarah Pekkanen
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Sarah Pekkanen

Things You Won't Say: A Novel

Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally bestselling author of Things You Won't Say, Catching Air, The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat, These Girls, and The Best of Us. Her work has been reviewed and published in People, Glamour, Marie Claire, the Washington Post, and USA Today, among other publications. She lives with her family in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Christopher ScottonPhoto by Lee Kriel Photography
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Christopher Scotton

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth: A Novel

Christopher Scotton is the author of the best selling debut novel The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, selected as the #1 Indie Next pick by the American Booksellers Association. The novel was also chosen as an Amazon Featured Debut, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, an Editor’s Pick by the Chicago Tribune, an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times, and a New and Noteworthy Book by USA Today. Mr. Scotton has been a carpenter, an amusement park ride operator, a kite flyer, a bouncer, a tennis racket stringer, and CEO of a few technology companies. He resides in Annapolis.
Twitter: @ScottonChris
Website: christopherscotton.com/ 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChristopherScottonWriter

Dana Cann
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Dana Cann

Ghosts of Bergen County

Moderator - Dana Cann is the author of the debut novel, Ghosts of Bergen County, due out this spring from Tin House Books. His short stories have been published in the Sun, the Massachusetts Review, the Gettysburg Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, the Florida Review, and Blackbird, among other journals. Mr. Cann has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. He earned his M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University and lives in Bethesda where he teaches fiction workshops at the Writer’s Center.
Twitter: @dana_cann
Website: danacann.com

PARENTING: GIVING CHILDREN THE GIFT OF FAILURE


Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of over-protectiveness. According to best-selling author Jessica Lahey, so-called “helicopter parents” are unknowingly undermining their child’s confidence and education. In The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, she advises parents to let their children fail and in turn, learn how to solve their own problems. This discussion gives practical advice for fostering a child’s intrinsic motivation and weaning kids off external motivations such as reward, bribes and honors, while giving kids the support and encouragement they need to be successful. Lisa Wells, educator and child-development blogger, moderates.

Jessica Lahey
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Jessica Lahey

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

Jessica Lahey is an educator, writer and speaker. She has taught middle and high school for over a decade, is a correspondent for the Atlantic and PBS Parents, commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and writes the "Parent-Teacher Conference" column for the New York Times. Her New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed was released in 2015. Ms. Lahey earned a B.A. in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons.
Twitter: @jesslahey

Facebook: facebook.com/jessicapottslahey
Instagram: @teacherlahey
Webpage: jessicalahey.com


Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells

Moderator - Lisa Wells is an educator, consultant and writer who taught preschool through middle school in independent schools for over twenty years. She is a consultant for Center for Responsive Schools, providing professional development and coaching to schools and districts across the country, as well as an adjunct instructor at AACC. She blogs on child development, teaching and learning and teaches yoga and meditation to children and adults. Ms. Wells earned a B.S. in consumer studies from the University of Vermont and an M.Ed. from Lesley University.
Blog: www.wonderofchildren.com

SHIPWRECKS IN THE ATLANTIC


In 2012 the tall ship used in the classic movie "Mutiny on the Bounty" was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen crew members aboard. Ninety miles off the North Carolina coast, the ship overturned, sending the crew into the ocean with thirty-foot waves. The Coast Guard then launched one of the most complex rescues in its history. In Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy, Michael J. Tougias (and coauthor Douglas A. Campbell) creates an in-depth portrait of the enigmatic Captain Robin Walbridge and what truly occurred aboard the Bounty during those terrifying days at sea. WNAV news anchor/producer Donna Cole moderates.

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Michael J. Tougias

Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy (co-author Doug A. Campbell)

Michael J. Tougias has authored and co-authored twenty-four books. He is the author of Fatal Forecast: A True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea, which was praised by the Los Angeles Times as “A breathtaking read. Tougias spins a marvelous and terrifying yarn.” He also wrote Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do, which became a Boston Globe bestseller and was selected as a Best Audio of 2006 by Audiofile Magazine. Mr. Tougias is the co-author of The Finest Hours which the Disney Corporation has made into a major motion picture with a January 2016 release. As an offshoot of his research into dozens of survival stories, he has prepared an inspirational lecture for businesses and organizations titled "Survival Lessons: Peak Performance & Decision-Making Under Pressure."
Website: www.michaeltougias.com

Donna Cole

Donna Cole

Moderator - Donna Cole, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, has over twenty years of experience as a freelance journalist and photojournalist in the greater DC, Baltimore and Annapolis areas. She can be heard on WNAV radio station, where she hosts the weekly 1430 Connection show, profiling the newsmakers of the area. In her spare time, Ms. Cole enjoys wildlife photography.
Twitter: AnnapCreative
Instagram: AnnapolisCreative
Facebook: AnnapolisCreative
Website: www.annapoliscreative.com

VIDEO GAMES: HELPFUL TOOL OR HARMFUL DISTRACTION?


Video games are big business. They are addicting, available almost anywhere you go, and appealing to people of all ages. Jamie Madigan offers a fuller understanding of the impact of games on our psychology and the influence of psychology on our games in Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People Who Play Them. USA Today's national education and demographics reporter Greg Toppo's The Game Believes in You presents the story of a small group of visionaries who, for the past 40 years, have been pushing to get game controllers into the hands of learners. Key School’s Head of School, and avid gamer, Matthew Nespole, moderates.

Jamie Madigan
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Jamie Madigan

Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People Who Play Them

Jamie Madigan, a life-long gamer, is an expert on the psychology of video games. He seeks to explain how psychology can be used to understand why games are made how they are and why players behave as they do. Dr. Madigan has written extensively on the subject for various magazines, websites and blogs. He has also consulted with game development companies and spoke at conferences about how game developers can incorporate psychology principles into game design and how players can understand how it affects their play. Dr. Madigan has appeared as an expert on the psychology of video games in dozens of print, radio and web outlets such as the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, BBC Radio 5, the BBC, the Guardian, and more.
Twitter: @jamiemadigan
Website: www.psychologyofgames.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/psychologyofgames

Greg Toppo
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Greg Toppo

The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter

Greg Toppo is the national education and demographics reporter for USA Today. A graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M., he taught in both public and private schools for eight years before moving into journalism. Mr. Toppo’s first job was with the Santa Fe New Mexican, a 50,000-circulation daily. He worked for four years as a wire service reporter with the Associated Press, first in Baltimore and then in Washington, DC, where he became the AP’s national K-12 education writer. Mr. Toppo came to USA Today in 2002 and co-led the USA Today team that, in 2011, looked at educator-led cheating on standardized tests. The paper’s series prompted the Washington, DC, inspector general to investigate high erasure rates in DC schools. Mr. Toppo was a 2010 Spencer fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He and his wife have two grown daughters and live near Baltimore.
Twitter: @gtoppo
Book Twitter: @gamebelieves
Website: www.gamebelieves.com
Matthew Nespole

Matthew Nespole


Moderator - Matthew Nespole was appointed the Head of Key School July 2015. Prior to The Key School, he spent six years as the head of school at Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, NY. Prior to that headship, Mr. Nespole spent twelve years at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, where he was the director of admission for seven years and assistant head of school for five. He began his independent school career at Trinity School in New York in 1994, serving as an associate director of admission. Mr. Nespole received his B.A. from Bates College and earned his M.A. in educational leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

HISTORICAL FICTION


In America’s First Daughter, author Stephanie Dray (and coauthor Laura Kamoie) draws from thousands of letters and original sources as she shares the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter Patsy, a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy. In Balm, best-selling author Dolen Perkins-Valdez writes of the trauma of the Civil War and the end of slavery in this powerful story of love and healing about three people who struggle to overcome the pain of the past and define their own future. Greer Macallister, author of The Magician’s Lie, moderates.

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Stephanie Dray

America's First Daughter : A Novel (co-author Laura Kamoie)

Stephanie Dray is an award-winning, bestselling and two-time RITA award nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her critically acclaimed series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into eight different languages and won NJRW's Golden Leaf. As Stephanie Draven, she is a national bestselling author of genre fiction and American-set historical women's fiction. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions. Before Ms. Dray became a novelist, she was a lawyer, a game designer and a teacher.
Twitter: @stephaniehdray
Website: www.StephanieDray.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephaniedrayauthor

Dolen Perkins-Valdez
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Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Balm: A Novel

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Balm, which NPR's Kojo Nnamdi Show picked as a top summer read for 2015. Her first novel Wench was a New York Times bestseller. In 2011, Ms. Perkins-Valdez was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. A graduate of Harvard and a former University of California President’s postdoctoral fellow at UCLA, she lives in Washington, DC with her family.
Twitter: twitter.com/dolen
Website: dolenperkinsvaldez.com
Facebook: facebook.com/writerdolen

Greer Macallister

Greer Macallister

Moderator - Greer Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright, and novelist whose work has appeared in publications such as the North American Review, the Missouri Review, and the Messenger. Her plays have been performed at American University, where she earned her M.F.A. in creative writing. Ms. Macallister's debut novel The Magician's Lie was a USA Today and MIBA Indie bestseller, an Indie Next, LibraryReads, and Target Book Club Pick, and was chosen by guest judge Whoopi Goldberg as a Book of the Month Club main selection.

MODERN WARFARE: FACT WITHIN FICTION


The marriage of technology and war creates new ways of fighting at sea, on land, in the air, and even in outer space and cyberspace. Ron Childress, winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and author of And West Is West, joins August Cole, co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War to talk about their new novels that explore the devastating power of new technology. Claude Berube, author of Syren’s Song: A Connor Stark Novel, moderates.

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Ron Childress

And West Is West: A Novel

Ron Childress began publishing short stories in the 1980s. The manuscript of his debut novel, And West Is West, won the PEN/Bellwether Prize in 2014. Originally planning to teach English literature and write fiction, he changed his career path after a year as a college adjunct. Moving from Florida to Washington, DC, he worked as a writer/editor for a professional association and then as a copywriter/technical writer/programmer for a marketing company that served high-tech clients.

August Cole
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August Cole

Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War (co-author P.W. Singer)

August Cole is an author and analyst specializing in national security issues. He is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council and the director of the Art of Future War project, which explores narrative fiction and visual media for insight into the future of conflict. Mr. Cole is also writer-in-residence at Avascent, an independent strategy and management consulting firm focused on the defense and aerospace sectors and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. From 2007 to 2010, he reported on the defense industry for the Wall Street Journal where he helped break many major national security stories, including foreign cyber spies hacking into the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter program; U.S. sales of F-16 fighters to Iraq; and a Blackwater civilian shooting incident in Afghanistan. From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Cole worked as an editor and a reporter for MarketWatch.com, a financial news website, where he began covering defense issues. He has discussed his fiction and reporting on CNBC, WBUR’s On Point, PRI’s The World and To the Point, and NPR’s Day to Day. Mr. Cole lives in the Boston area, where he is an avid rower and cyclist.
Twitter: twitter.com/august_cole
Website: www.augustcole.com

Claude Berube
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Claude Berube

Syren's Song: A Connor Stark Novel

Moderator - Claude Berube is the author of the Connor Stark novels: The Aden Effect and Syren's Song published by Naval Institute Press. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation through the University of Leeds on Andrew Jackson’s Navy. Mr. Berube has worked on political campaigns, for the Office of Naval Intelligence, in the U.S. Senate, and taught at the United States Naval Academy. He has co-authored three non-fiction books and authored more than fifty articles.
Twitter: @cgberube
Website: www.claudeberube.com

WILD WOMEN OF HISTORY


It is said that well-behaved women seldom make history. Author Canden Schwantes introduces readers to the decidedly daring and wild women of the Capital in Wild Women of Washington, D.C.: A History of Disorderly Conduct from the Ladies of the District. Lauren R. Silberman tells of Maryland’s most tenacious and adventurous women in Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State. Join them for stories of fiery suffragettes, unconventional first ladies, spies, rebellious socialites, and would-be queens. Associate Judge Lynne Battaglia of Maryland’s Court of Appeals moderates.

Canden Schwantes
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Canden Schwantes

Wild Women of Washington, D.C.: A History of Disorderly Conduct from the Ladies of the District

Canden Schwantes is a historian and tour guide in Washington, DC and manages Free Tours by Foot, an international walking tour company. When she isn't showing tourists and locals around the sites of her favorite neighborhoods, Ms. Schwantes volunteers at the HIstorical Society of Washington, D.C., and enjoys researching and talking about the stories of the Capitol's past. Her books include Wicked Georgetown and Images of America: Georgetown.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BooksByCanden
Website: www.candenschwantes.com

Lauren R. Silberman
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Lauren R. Silberman

Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State

Lauren R. Silberman is the author of Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State. Additionally, she's written Wicked Baltimore: Charm City Sin and Scandal and The Jewish Community of Baltimore . Ms. Silberman serves as the deputy director for Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater. Previously she was a program officer for the Museum Assessment Program with the American Alliance of Museums in Washington, DC, after working as the education and program coordinator for the Jewish Museum of Maryland in Baltimore. She also serves on the boards of the Small Museum Association and the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum. Ms. Silberman graduated from George Washington University in 2003 with a B.A. in painting and art history. 
Website: www.lsilberman.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wickedbaltimore

Lynne Battaglia

Lynne Battaglia

Moderator - The Honorable Lynne Battaglia serves as the chair of the Professionalism Center and as such oversees the professionalism course given annually to over 1,600 newly-admitted lawyers in Maryland and a mentoring program for the newly admitted. She is also the chair of the editorial committee of the Finding Justice Project and chair of the ASTAR Education Standards & Policy Committee. Judge Battaglia graduated from the University of Maryland Law School in 1974, where she was an articles editor on the Law Review. In 1978, she was recruited to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, where she spent the next four years. In 1991, Judge Battaglia served as chief of staff to United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski. She was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve in the position of United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, where she served until 2001. Judge Battaglia is currently a Maryland Court of Appeals Judge from the Third Appellate Circuit.

WRITING MEMOIRS: A WRITER’S WORKSHOP


This workshop will provide you with the elements essential to creating a compelling memoir. Our eclectic panel of memoirists includes former Peace Corps volunteer Matthew Davis, Marine combat vet Dario DiBattista, and professor and writer Kathryn Kramer. Tim Dinevi, author of Hyper, moderates.

Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis is the author of When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter’s Tale, published in 2010. He holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He was a Fulbright Fellow to Syria and Jordan during 2010-2011 and was a Tom and Mary Gallagher Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His work has won awards from the Atlantic, the Best American Travel Writing, and Peace Corps Writers. He is currently finishing a novel and working on a project about the Gallaudet University football team, the only deaf and hard-of-hearing college football team in the country.

Dario DiBattista

Dario DiBattista

Dario DiBattista is the editor of the anthology As Long As There Be War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Everything After, which will be published in 2016. His work has been featured in the Washingtonian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Connecticut Review, and many other places. Additionally, he's been profiled in the New York Times and has been a commentator on NPR and for the BBC.

Kathryn Kramer
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Kathryn Kramer

Missing History: The Covert Education of a Child of the Great Books

Kathryn Kramer is the author of three novels, A Handbook for Visitors from Outer Space, Rattlesnake Farming, and Sweet Water. She spent the first ten years of her life in Annapolis, where she was a student at The Key School when it was founded, and a faculty child at St. John’s College. Those experiences informed her recently published memoir Missing History: The Covert Education of a child of the Great Books. Ms. Kramer lives in Vermont and teaches writing and literature at Middlebury College.

Timothy Denevi

Timothy Denevi

Moderator - Timothy Denevi is the author of Hyper. He received his M.F.A. in nonfiction from the University of Iowa and his work has appeared in the Atlantic, Time, the Normal School, Arts & Letters, and Gulf Coast, among others. He has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He’s an assistant professor in the M.F.A. program at George Mason University, where he teaches nonfiction.



CHILDREN'S AUTHORS

A wonderful line-up of children's book authors will be appearing at the Festival. Click to go to the Family Activities page for information.



Beth Fantaskey
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Beth Fantaskey

Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter

Beth Fantaskey holds a doctorate in mass communication and has written everything from political speeches to magazine articles and novels for young readers. She is the acclaimed author of the young adult novels Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side,Jessica Rules the Dark Side, Jekel Loves Hyde, and the teen murder mystery Buzz Kill. Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter, a 2016 selection of the Junior Library Guild, was inspired by Ms. Fantaskey's doctoral dissertation "Mob Sisters," which explores the lives and careers of female journalists who covered crime for the Chicago Tribune during the Roaring Twenties. She lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and children.
Twitter: @bethfantaskey
Website: www.bethfantaskey.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beth.fantaskey

Terry Catasús Jennings
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Terry Catasús Jennings (author) and Phyllis Saroff (illustrator)

Sounds of the Savanna

Terry Catasús Jennings is the author of Gopher to the Rescue, an NSTA-CBC Outstanding Trade Book, Sounds of the Savanna, The Women’s Liberation Movement: 1960-1990, and other creative non-fiction stories for children. She is also a contributor the Smithsonian’s Science Education Center Science and Technology for Children series. Ms. Catasús Jennings's articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Long Island News Day and Ranger Rick.
Twitter: @terrycjennings
Website: terrycjennings.com
Facebook: Terry Catasús Jennings

Phyllis Saroff
Phyllis Saroff is a freelance illustrator working in Annapolis. She works in book, natural science and editorial illustration. Ms. Saroff's scientific artwork is featured in wayside signs and educational materials across the country. Clients include the United States Department of the Interior, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Forest Service and the Fairfax County Park Authority in Virginia. She has an MFA from the Academy of Art University and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Website: www.saroffillustration.com
Facebook: /www.facebook.com/PhyllisSaroffIllustration

Ronald L. Smith
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Ronald L. Smith

Hoodoo

Ronald L. Smith, who is the 2016 winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, worked in advertising for over twenty years, before writing books full-time. He grew up on Air Force bases and has lived in Japan, Maine, Alabama, Michigan, South Carolina, Delaware, Washington, DC, and Illinois. Mr. Smith fell in love with books at a very young age and hasn't stopped reading since. Hoodoo is his debut novel and his second novel, The Mesmerist, will be out in 2016. Mr. Smith lives in Baltimore. Click to read about Hoodoo in the Kids Post section of the Washington Post.
Twitter: @ronsmithbooks
Website: strangeblackflowers.com
Blog: myrlsmithblog.tumblr.com

Susan Stockdale
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Susan Stockdale

Spectacular Spots

Susan Stockdaleis the author and illustrator of children’s picture books including Spectacular Spots, Stripes of All Types, and Bring On the Birds. Her books celebrate nature with charm and exuberance and have won awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice and the National Science Teachers Association. Ms. Stockdale's expressive prose and artwork elicit praise.The Washington Post exclaimed, “If the paintings are the feast, Stockdale's words are the dessert.” She lives with her husband in Chevy Chase, MD.
Website: www.susanstockdale.com

2016 Panels and Topics

2016 Panelists