The Authors

Mark Your Calendars for the 13th Annual
Annapolis Book Festival on Saturday, April 25, 2015!




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, 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 2014



SOMEONE: A NOVEL BY ALICE McDERMOTT
1:00-2:00 p.m. • Room 2 - Barn Commons



Award-winning novelist Alice McDermott visits the Festival to talk about her newest novel "Someone," which the New York Times  calls "a fine-tuned, beautiful book filled with so much universal experience, such haunting imagery, such urgent matters of life and death." The moderator is Bethanne Kelly Patrick, the books editor for Washingtonian magazine.


Alice McDermott Photo by Jamie Schoenberger/Epic Photography
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Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is the award-winning author of seven novels including, Charming Billy, which received the 1998 National Book Award for fiction; After This and At Weddings and Wakes, which were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize;  and That Night, which was nominated for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her articles, reviews and stories have appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post, USA Today, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, Redbook, Ms., Commonweal, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and the 2008 Corrington Award for Literature.

Bethanne Patrick

Bethanne Kelly Patrick

Moderator - Bethanne Kelly Patrick is the books editor for Washingtonian magazine. A longtime critic and book blogger, her work has appeared in publications like the Washington Post Book World, O the Oprah Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Ms. Patrick tweets as @TheBookMaven and created the #FridayReads meme; she has appeared at many book and publishing festivals to include the Virginia Festival of the Book, Book Expo America, and Grub Street's The Muse and The Marketplace. The author of two books from National Geographic, Ms. Patrick is currently at work on her third project with that publisher. She lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband and their two daughters.

CHANGING THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN POLITICS
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon • Room 1 - Katharine Hall



Two authors and savvy political insiders discuss the direction our country is headed, the Republican and Democratic parties, and the current divisiveness of the American government.

Robert Ehrlich
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Robert Ehrlich

The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. is senior counsel in the government advocacy and public policy practice group at King & Spalding where he advises clients on a broad array of policy matters and their interactions with the federal government. He served as Maryland's first Republican Governor in thirty-six years when elected in 2002. Governor Ehrlich has also served as a U.S. Congressman, state legislator and civil litigator. As governor, he authored the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act to restore America’s largest estuary, which the Chesapeake Bay Foundation called “the most important environmental achievement in twenty years.” Governor Ehrlich also created the nation’s first cabinet-level Department of Disabilities, for which he earned the “Highest Recognition Award” from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, among other awards. Prior to serving as governor, he served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Governor Ehrlich also served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1986 to 1994, representing Baltimore County. Prior to running for public office, he was associated with the Baltimore law firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes, and Shriver, where he practiced civil litigation for eleven years. Governor Ehrlich earned his bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University in 1979, where he captained the freshman and varsity football teams, and his juris doctorate from Wake Forest University in 1982.

Al From
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Al From

Al From is one of America’s premier strategists and policy entrepreneurs. He is the author of the new book The New Democrats and the Return to Power, and has appeared on a number of television programs, including Morning Joe, Press Pass with David Gregory, the Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell Reports, and Up with Steve Kornacki. Currently Mr. From is principal of the From Company, LLC, which offers strategic advice to private clients. In March 1985, he founded the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) and played a prominent role in the 1992 election of President Bill Clinton. Mr. From serves on many boards of advisers from the Medill School at Northwestern University to the Annapolis Forum. He was appointed to the Naval Academy Board of Visitors in 1999 and served as chairman until December 2002. Mr. From's writings have appeared in numerous national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Atlantic, and Politico.com. He and his wife live in Annapolis.

Charlie Flanagan

Charlie Flanagan

Moderator - Charlie Flanagan is the director of educational programs at the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Previously, he was a teacher and Humanities Department Chair at The Key School for two decades.

COME TOGETHER: The Evolution of Beatlemania!
3:30-4:30 p.m. • Room 1 - Katharine Hall



In 1964, four mop-topped British musicians invaded America and created a frenzy that impacted culture and music for generations. This year we celebrate the fifty years since the Beatles arrived and inspired the masses by inviting two authors to describe Beatlemania from first-hand experience.


Penelope Rowlands
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Penelope Rowlands

Penelope Rowlands has written about culture and arts for Architectural Digest, the Daily Beast, Vogue, WSJ. Magazine, and other publications. Her books include the anthology Paris Was Ours and A Dash of Daring: Carmel Snow and Her Life in Fashion, Art, and Letters, a biography of the legendary editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar. Click to view Penelope Rowland's website.

Bruce Spizer
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Bruce Spizer

Bruce Spizer is a tax attorney in New Orleans who is also recognized as an expert on the Beatles. He has published eight books, including The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay, The Beatles' Story on Capitol Records, The Beatles on Apple Records, and The Beatles Are Coming!: The Birth of Beatlemania in AmericaThe Beatles Are Coming! covers the Beatles' first visit to the United States and the events leading up to the group's arrival on February 7, 1964. It is an extremely thorough and accurate book which describes how Beatlemania evolved in America. Mr. Spizer is frequently quoted as an authority on the history of the band and its recordings and has appeared on several national television and radio programs as a Beatles expert. He is a consultant for EMI on Beatles projects. Click to view Bruce Spizer's website.

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Alex Cortright

Moderator - Alex Cortright is the morning show host and music director of Annapolis radio station, WRNR. For more than a decade, Mr. Cortright has voiced countless commercials and narrated many documentaries, corporate presentations and training films. He has interviewed world-renowned personalities in the entertainment industry including musicians, writers, actors, as well as politicians. Mr. Cortright lends his voice to charitable events and to arts organizations like the Art League and the Maryland Federation of Art. He has been a moderator for the Annapolis Book Festival since 2009.

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
2:30-3:30 p.m. • Room 1 - Katharine Hall



This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. The panel explores the political and social climate of the 1960s and the struggle for equality. Three renowned authors and journalists share their stories.

David Chappell
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David Chappell

David Chappell has published three books: Inside Agitators: White Southerners in the Civil Rights Movement, which won a Gustavus Myers award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America; A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow; and, most recently, Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King. His articles, essays and reviews have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune,Newsday, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Southern History, and the African American Review, to name a few. Mr. Chappell began teaching history at the University of Oklahoma in 2007, where he is the Irene and Julian Rothbaum Professor of Modern American History. In 1992-1993, he was a Fulbright Lecturer at Moscow State University in Russia and has given lectures at such institutions as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Emory, Rice, Boston College, and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Houston). In 1984, Mr. Chappell answered mail, wrote position papers, and drafted speeches for Jesse Jackson's Presidential campaign. He has a B.A. in history from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

Todd Purdum
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Todd S. Purdum

Todd S. Purdum is senior writer at Politico and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He was formerly with the New York Times, where he worked for twenty-three years, covering politics from city hall to the White House, and also serving as diplomatic correspondent and Los Angeles bureau chief. He is a native of Macomb, IL, and a graduate of Princeton University. He is the author of the forthcoming book, An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to be published in May. He lives in Washington with his wife, Dee Dee Myers, the former White House press secretary, political commentator and consultant, and their two children.

Juan Williams
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Juan Williams

Juan Williams is a top political analyst for Fox Television and a regular panelist for Fox News Sunday. He is a former award-winning Washington Post columnist, White House correspondent, NPR senior news correspondent, and Emmy-winning TV documentary writer.  Mr. Williams also served as the host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation. In addition to prize-winning op-ed columns and editorial writing for the Washington Post, he has also authored seven books, including three best sellers. These books include Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary, and his most recent book, Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate. Mr. Williams has appeared on TV news programs ranging from Meet The Press to Oprah to Arsenio to Inside Washington and Crossfire, where he served as a co-host, and America’s Black Forum, which he hosted for a decade. ESPN featured him as a commentator for their series on Top Athletes of the 20th Century. Mr. Williams has also written for the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, GQ, New Republic, and Ebony.

Robert McCarthy

Robert McCarthy

Moderator - Robert McCarthy is the chair of the Upper School Humanities Department at The Key School, where he teaches American Civilization, English, Philosophy and Film. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University and his B.A. from Williams College.

PARENTING: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE FUNNY
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. • Room 2 - Barn Commons



This panel explores the complications, strategies, anxiety, and general hilarity of American parenting in this informative and humorous discussion. Join three entertaining authors as they share their journeys to become effective parents and lessons learned along the way.

Catherine Crawford
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Catherine Crawford

Catherine Crawford has written for Babble, Café Mom, Slate, and the Huffington Post. She edited the book If You Really Want to Hear About It: Writers on JD Salinger and His Work, and her book French Twist: An American Mom's Experiment in Parisian Parenting, was published by Ballantine/Random House last March. Ms. Crawford writes national news stories for AOL's Patch.com sites. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Drew Magary
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Drew Magary

Drew Magary is the critically acclaimed novelist of The Postmortal, a correspondent for GQ, a columnist for Deadspin, and one of the most popular writers on the internet today. His book Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood recounts the heart-wrenching story of his youngest son’s premature birth and surgery. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three children.

Jill Smokler
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Jill Smokler

Jill Smokler is the New York Times bestselling author of Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies) and Confessions of a Scary Mommy. Ms. Smokler’s humorous and honest take on parenting has appeared in numerous publications and on television programs, including the Today Show, the New York Times, Good Morning America, Nightline, and CNN. Her "Scary Mommy" website averages more than 5 million page views a month and the 320,000 followers of her Twitter feed range from Tori Spelling to President Obama. Click to view Jill Smokler’s website.

Donna Jefferson

Donna Jefferson

Moderator - Donna Jefferson is the president and founder of Jefferson Communications. Started in 1990 with the parenting publication Chesapeake Family, the company has expanded to include annual guides, multiple websites, extensive online directories, and the weekly e-zine, Chesapeake INSPIRED. She has pushed the company to become a leader in digital products and local website traffic. Ms. Jefferson has served as president of the board of directors of the Parenting Media Association and the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, and as an advisory member for Annapolis Recreation and Parks.

IS BARACK LIKE IKE?
12:30-1:30 p.m. • Room 1 - Katharine Hall



One was a five star general and the other was a community organizer. Both preferred to work behind the scenes. They were fifty years apart, but after two terms, their styles seem similar. Two authors discuss the Eisenhower and Obama presidencies.              

Daniel Klaidman
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Daniel Klaidman

Daniel Klaidman is a national political correspondent for the Daily Beast and, from 2006 until 2011, he served as Newsweek’s managing editor. Prior to that he served as Newsweek’s Washington bureau chief, where he led its award-winning coverage of 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Klaidman also he served as that magazine’s Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem. In 20011, he was named a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. He is the author of Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency.

Evan Thomas
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Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas is the author of eight books, including The War Lovers and Sea of Thunder. He frequently appears as a commentator on TV and radio, and he teaches writing at Princeton. Thomas was editor-at-large of Newsweek until he left the magazine in 2010, and was the author of over one hundred cover stories there. He has won numerous journalism awards, including a National Magazine Award. Click to view Evan Thomas's website.

Stephen Wrage

Stephen D. Wrage

Moderator - Stephen D. Wrage earned his B.A. in classics 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. he 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 1991 he held a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. In 1995 he spent a Fulbright year teaching at the National University of Singapore and has written about that city-state for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic Monthly. In 2004 he published Immaculate Warfare, a study of the ethical, practical and command issues raised by precision guided munitions. Dr. Wrage is an open ocean sailor and brews his own beer.

WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS?
10:00-11:00 a.m. • Room 1 - Katharine Hall



Join us for an important discussion on gun control policy as  experts and advocates take a closer look at the second amendment from various viewpoints.

Emily Miller
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Emily Miller

Emily Miller is senior editor of the opinion pages at the Washington Times. She appears regularly on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, and CBS as an expert on gun-control issues, as well as other political topics. Ms. Miller received the Institute on Political Journalism’s Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting for her “Emily Gets Her Gun” series on the District of Columbia’s gun laws; the National Rifle Association’s Civil Rights Defense Fund’s Carter Knight Freedom Fund Award; and the Second Amendment Foundation’s “Journalist of the Year” award in 2012 and 2013. Ms. Miller was the senior editor of human events and a columnist for AOL’s Politics Daily and has worked in the Washington bureaus of ABC News and NBC News. She served as the associate producer for ABC News' This Week as well as for Good Morning America. Ms. Miller was deputy press secretary at the U.S. Department of State as a political appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush, where she worked directly with Secretaries of State Colin L. Powell and Condoleezza Rice. A Baltimore native, she is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Daniel Webster
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Daniel W. Webster

Daniel W. Webster is a professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. There, he serves as director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research, deputy director of Research for the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and director of the Ph.D. program in Health and Public Policy. Dr. Webster has published numerous articles on the prevention of gun violence, firearm policy, youth gun acquisition and carrying, intimate partner violence, and the prevention of youth violence. He is currently leading studies evaluating the effects of various efforts to reduce violence, including state gun and alcohol policies, policing strategies focused on deterring gun violence, a community gun violence prevention initiative, and Maryland's Lethality Assessment Program for reducing the recurrence of intimate partner violence. Dr. Webster teaches courses in violence prevention and research methods for health policy at Johns Hopkins, and serves on the executive committee of Johns Hopkins' Interdepartmental Violence Research Pre and Post-Doctoral Training Program.

Craig Whitney
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Craig R. Whitney

Craig R. Whitney spent forty-four years as an assistant managing editor at the New York Times. He served in the U.S. Navy in Washington, DC, and in Saigon as a junior officer between 1966 and 1969. At the Times, Mr. Whitney had more than 3,200 bylined articles as a reporter in New York, as a foreign correspondent in Saigon during the Vietnam War, and in Bonn, Moscow, London, Berlin, and Paris during the Cold War and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. While stationed in Moscow in 1978, he was tried on civil charges of slander against the State Radio and Television Committee in an article about a dissident in 1978. Mr. Whitney speaks French, German and Russian and is the author of Spy Trader, a biography about an East German lawyer who negotiated Cold War exchanges of spies. He was the editor of The WMD Mirage, about the Bush administration’s decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003. Mr. Whitney's latest book, about the Second Amendment to the Constitution, the right to keep and bear arms, is Living with Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment. He is also the author of All the Stops, a book about pipe organs in 20th century America, the builders who made them, and noted organists who played them. Mr. Whitney received a A.B. degree in French history and literature from Harvard College in 1965. Click to view Craig R. Whitney's website.

Paul Barrett
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Paul M. Barrett

Moderator - Paul M. Barrett is an assistant managing editor and senior writer at Bloomberg Businessweek, a position he assumed in September 2005. He is responsible for writing cover articles on subjects ranging from the energy industry to national politics to the gun business. Prior to joining Bloomberg Businessweek, Mr. Barrett was an editor and legal affairs reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He is the author, most recently, of GLOCK: The Rise of America’s Gun, a New York Times bestseller. Mr. Barrett's earlier books are American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion, which was named to Best Books of 2007 lists by the Washington Post,Christian Science Monitor, and Publishers Weekly, and The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America. Mr. Barrett is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds an A.B. from Harvard College. He teaches as an adjunct professor at New York University Law School. Click to view Paul M. Barrett's website.

THE WORLD OF SCI-FI & FANTASY IN YOUNG ADULT FICTION
12:30-1:30 p.m. • Room 4 - Science and Library Center



Black magic, virtual worlds, spirits, romance, killer unicorns, and the afterlife converge in this mind-blowing panel joining the authors of three of the hottest new sci-fi novels for young adult readers. For young adult readers and thrill seekers age 15 and above.

Cheryl Klam
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Cheryl Klam

Cheryl Klam is the author (along with Claudia Gabel) of Elusion and its sequel Etherworld, which is due out in 2015. She has also written nearly a dozen novels under a pseudonym for Pocket Books, Harlequin, and teen novels under her own name for Random House. Ms. Klam's work has been published in fourteen different languages and her teen novel, The Pretty One, was nominated for an Isinglass Teen Read Award. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters. Click to read a recent article about Cheryl Klam in the Capital Gazette.

A. Lynden Rolland
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A. Lynden Rolland

A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis. As a child she spent much of her free time compiling dramatic stories of tragic characters in a weathered notebook which she still keeps. As a former high school English teacher, Ms. Rolland enjoys visiting classrooms to discuss reading, writing and publishing and moonlights as a writing tutor and gymnastics instructor. Of Breakable Things, her debut novel, will be released in the spring of 2014. Click to view A. Lynden Rolland's website.

Diana Peterfreund
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Diana Peterfreund

Moderator - Diana Peterfreund is the author of novels for adults and children, as well as several short stories and critical essays on popular children's fiction. Her work has been translated into twelve languages, and her first published short story was anthologized in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Five. The four-book Secret Society Girl series was deemed "impossible to put down" by Publisher's Weekly and appeared on the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age List. The first novel in Ms. Peterfreund's young adult Killer Unicorn fantasy series, Rampart, was a 2009 Indie Next Pick and was shortlisted on the American Library Association's 2011 Popular Paperback List. She graduated from Yale University and now lives in Washington, DC. Click to view Diana Peterfreund's website.

LOST GIRLS: An Unsolved American Mystery
2:00-3:00 p.m. • Room 2 - Barn Commons



Robert Kolker delivers a haunting and humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, in a compelling tale of unsolved murder and Internet prostitution. Lost Girls is a portrait not just of five women, but of unsolved murder in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them. The session is moderated by WBAL’s Chief Investigative Reporter Jayne Miller.


Robert Kolker
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Robert Kolker

Robert Kolker is a longtime contributing editor at New York magazine, where his work has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. In 2011 he received the Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Mr. Kolker’s first book, Lost Girls, is not only a New York Times bestseller, but also made it to the New York Times 100 Most Notable Books of 2013 list. Click to view Robert Kolker’s website.

Jayne Miller

Jayne Miller

Moderator - Jayne Miller is an award-winning reporter at WBAL-TV where she has worked for more than thirty years. She first served at the station as a general assignment reporter, then as the consumer advocate with "11 on Your Side," and now as the chief investigative reporter with the 11 Investigates I-Team. Ms. Miller has a well-deserved reputation for breaking stories. 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. Ms. Miller started her career in journalism with a small daily newspaper in Pennsylvania. As part of the first wave of women to appear on air, she landed her first job in television in 1976 in Harrisburg, PA. From 1978 to 1979, Ms. Miller covered state government for WQED-TV in Pittsburgh and served as a reporter for CBS News from 1982 to 1984. Based in Washington, she frequently covered the White House, Capitol Hill and a wide range of domestic and international issues. In 2012, Ms. Miller received the Radio Television Digital News Association's Edward R. Murrow award for her investigative work about Maryland’s judiciary. The Women's Law Center in Baltimore has recognized her for her contribution to women's rights and she has been recognized by the House of Ruth for her reporting on domestic violence. Ms. Miller is a Penn State University Alumni Fellow and lives in the city of Baltimore.

THE HEALING POWER OF DOGS
10:00-11:00 a.m. • Room 2 - Barn Commons



Join author Janice Gary as she discusses her memoir of shared healing, while walking through Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. This session is about the power of the human-to-animal connection. Moderating the discussion is Meg Daley Olmert, a leading expert on the biology of the human-animal bond.

Janice Gary
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Janice Gary

Janice Gary, the author of Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, published by Michigan State University Press, is the recipient of the Christine White Award for Memoir/Personal Essay and the Ames Award for Essay. Ms.Gary teaches Creative Writing and Memoir at Anne Arundel Community College and is a personal writing coach. She also conducts writing workshops throughout the country including the recent “Memoir and Dreams” workshop for C.G. Jung Foundation of New York City. Click to view Janice Gary's website.

Meg Daley Olmert
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Meg Daley Olmert

Moderator - Meg Daley Olmert is a leading expert on the biology of the human-animal bond. Her ground-breaking book, Made For Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond is the first book to explain the brain chemistry that flows through—and between—all mammals, forging deep social bonds between the species. This newly discovered brain network also activates a powerful anti-stress response that creates the physical and psychological sense of well-being we experience through friendly contact with animals. Ms. Olmert lectures widely and is a media consultant on this subject. She has also produced and written documentaries for PBS, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. She is now the director of research for Warrior Canine Connection, an innovative service-dog therapy intervention for the treatment of combat PTSD. The Department of Defense has authorized funding to investigate the biological basis of the therapeutic effects experienced by participants in this most promising complementary medical intervention. Ms. Olmert lives on the Eastern shore of Maryland with her husband. Click to watch Meg Daley Olmert's TED talk.

FRACKING: Energy Solution or Environmental Disaster?
1:30-2:30 p.m. • Room 1 - Katharine Hall



Take a look at the controversial issue of developing the country's energy supplies through the process of high-volume hydraulic fracturing ("fracking”) in the Marcellus Shale. Two journalists explore the rush to retrieve billions of dollars worth of natural gas, and the ramifications on the environments and inhabitants of the region.

Seamus McGraw
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Seamus McGraw

Seamus McGraw is a full-time writer whose work has been published in Playboy, Reader's Digest, Radar, Spin, and the Forward. He has received the Freedom of Information Award from the Associated Press Managing Editors, as well as honors from the Casey Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists. Mr. McGraw is currently working on a documentary trailer about his family's experiences with the Marcellus shale drilling in Pennsylvania. He lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and four children. Click to view Seamus McGraw's website.

Tom Wilber
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Tom Wilber

Tom Wilber is an American journalist and public speaker who specializes in environmental issues. His book, Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale, was selected as a finalist for the 2013 New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Mr. Wilber wrote for seventeen years for the Gannett Company’s Central New York Newspaper Group, where he won individual or team Best of Gannett honors on four occasions, most recently in 2010 for coverage of shale gas development in New York and Pennsylvania. He has taught newspaper journalism at Binghamton University, and holds a master’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications program at Syracuse University. His blog, Shale Gas Review, can be found at Tomwilber.blogspot.com

Elizabeth Geltman

Elizabeth Glass Geltman

Moderator - Elizabeth Glass Geltman is an associate professor and the program director of environmental and occupational health sciences at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University Law Center. Dr. Geltman is the author of seventeen books on issues concerning energy, environmental and natural resources policy, including Recycling Land: Understanding the Legal Landscape of Brownfield Development and Modern Environmental Law: Policy and Practice. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars and is widely published in scholarly journals. Dr. Geltman’s primary research examines environmental risk assessment, environmental management systems, brownfields redevelopment, and environmental, health and safety issues concerning shale gas extraction (aka fracking).

SEX AFTER...
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon • Room 2 - Barn Commons



Meet author Iris Krasnow and discuss her book about how women handle intimacy after major life changing events. From illness to divorce, this session focuses on women regaining sexual confidence after experiencing life's challenges. Moderated by Key School English instructor and author Mary Hill

Iris Krasnow
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Iris Krasnow

Iris Krasnow was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. A graduate of Stanford University, she became the fashion writer for the Dallas Times-Herald, and then moved to United Press International in Washington, DC, to become the national feature writer. Ms. Krasnow is the author of The Secret Lives of Wives, Surrendering to Motherhood, the New York Times bestseller Surrendering to Marriage, Surrendering to Yourself, and I Am My Mother's Daughter. Her writing has been featured in many national publications, including Parade, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and AARP The Magazine. Ms. Krasnow has been a guest on numerous national television and radio programs including Oprah, Good Morning America, Today, and All Things Considered. She is a longtime professor and academic director of the Washington Journalism Semester at American University in Washington, DC. Click to view Iris Krasnow's website.

Mary Hill

Mary Truitt Hill

Moderator - Mary Truitt Hill, winner of a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and a Maryland State Arts Council Award in Fiction, has been teaching in Key’s Upper School Humanities Department for fourteen years. Prior to coming to Key, Ms. Hill taught literature and writing at George Washington University and the College of William and Mary. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in art history and literature, and received an M.F.A. from Columbia University in creative writing. Ms. Hill, who is the mother of five children, is currently writing a book about natural childbirth.

THRILLERS
1:30-2:30 p.m. • Room 3 - Science & Library Center, Rooms 101-102



Two action-packed novels take you for a wild ride through tales of political intrigue and potential Armageddon at the hands of a President. Meet the authors whose stories will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Claude Berube Photo by Jillian Crim
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Claude Berube

Claude Berube has worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence and on Capitol Hill. In 2004, as a navy reserve officer, he deployed with Expeditionary Strike Group Five to the Persian Gulf. In addition to having written over thirty articles, Mr. Berube is the co-author of three works of nonfiction including Maritime Private Security: Market Responses to Piracy, Terrorism and Waterborne Security Risks in the 21st Century with Patrick Cullen. The Aden Effect: a Connor Stark Novel is his first work of nonfiction. Mr. Berube is currently serving as the interim director of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis.

Doug Norton
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Doug Norton

Doug Norton drew on both experience and research to create his first novel. As a warship captain during the Cold War, he held launch codes for nuclear weapons and was prepared to use them, but he also participated in high-stakes international negotiations to reduce the chance of nuclear war. A graduate of the Naval Academy, Capt. Norton was a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow and director of international studies at the Naval Academy.  He and his wife live in Annapolis, where he volunteers with the Coast Guard Auxiliary in search and rescue and Anne Arundel Medical Center in the emergency department.

Bill Lusby

Bill Lusby

Moderator - Bill Lusby, program director and morning host at WNAV, has been waking up the City of Annapolis for almost two decades. During that time he has read hundreds of books and interviewed countless authors. Before his radio career, Mr. Lusby spent twenty-five years as a professional musician, playing all over the U.S. and Europe. He lives with his wife on their farm in southern Anne Arundel County.

The Writer's Center - THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE
10:30-11:30 a.m. • Room 3 - Science & Library Center, Rooms 101-102



As social media and the internet have facilitated ever growing interconnections between people throughout the world, the market for books by immigrants has grown as well. Four authors with roots in countries ranging from Hungary to India will explore what it means to be an immigrant writing in an adopted land—from how their characters reflect their own efforts to adapt to a different culture, to the role that nostalgia or homesickness plays in their writing.


A.X. Ahmad
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A. X. Ahmad

A. X. Ahmad grew up in India, was educated at MIT, and worked for many years as an international architect before taking up writing full time. His short stories and essays on immigrant life have been published in the Missouri Review, the Harvard Review, the New England Review, Narrative Magazine, andthe Good Men Project. He's been a finalist for Glimmertrain's Short Story Award, and been listed in Best American Essays. His first thriller, The Caretaker, was published in May 2013, and the second, Bollywood Taxi, will be published in 2014. Both feature the adventures of illegal immigrant Ranjit Singh. He currently teaches the ‘Master Novel’ class at the Bethesda Writer’s Center and lives in Washington, DC. Click to view A.X. Ahmad's website.

Charles Ota Heller
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Charles Ota Heller

Charles Ota Heller is a successful businessman, investor, author, and teacher. Although he has made writing his primary profession only recently, he has spent a large portion of his life as an author. Mr. Heller’s writing obsession began in post-war refugee camps, where he kept a journal – in the Czech language – of his family’s adventures. He was a columnist, then story editor, and eventually editor, of the Oklahoma State Engineer magazine, which was named the “Best College Magazine” in the nation under his leadership. Later, Mr. Heller served as a columnist for the Baltimore News-American, Daily Record, the Public Enterprise, the Capital-Gazette, and Washington Business Journal. He has had a varied career as a venture capitalist, the director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, an associate professor of aerospace engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, an entrepreneur, and an engineer. He is a member of the Maryland Writers' Association and the Authors Guild. He and his wife live outside of Annapolis. Click to view Charles Ota Heller's website.

Sujata Massey
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Sujata Massey

Sujata Massey is a former newspaper journalist and author of ten award-winning mystery novels. Born in England to a mother from Germany and a father from an old Calcutta family, she now lives near Washington, DC, with her husband and children. Click to view Sujata Massey's website.

Marianne Szegedy-Maszak Photo by Route 1 Multimedia
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Marianne Szegedy-Maszák

Marianne Szegedy-Maszák is a journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, the New Republic, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Psychology Today. She has worked as a reporter at the New York Post, an editor at Congressional Quarterly, a professor of journalism at American University, and as a senior writer at U.S. News & World Report. Ms. Szegedy-Maszák won awards for her journalism from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the National Mental Health Association, and the American Psychoanalytic Association. The recipient of a Pulitzer Traveling fellowship and the Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship, she has been an officer on the boards of the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism.

Stewart Moss

Stewart Moss

Moderator - Stewart Moss is the executive director of one of the largest literary centers in the country, whose mission is to promote the creation, publication and presentation of literary works. Prior to coming to the Writer’s Center, he worked for more than thirty years as an educator and fundraiser in educational institutions around the country. An avid poet, Mr. Moss 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. He lives in Annapolis with his wife.

FICTION INSPIRED BY HISTORY
2:30-3:30 p.m. • Room 3 - Science & Library Center, Rooms 101-102



Join us to discuss works of fiction inspired by history: the imaginative rendering of a real life nineteenth-century psychiatric patient’s story; the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay brought to life through fiction; and Theodore Roosevelt’s unbelievable trip down the Amazon retold in a novel.

Louis Bayard
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Louis Bayard

Louis Bayard is the author of the recently published Roosevelt's Beast, as well as the critically acclaimed The School of Night and The Black Tower, the national bestseller The Pale Blue Eye, and the New York Times Notable Book Mr. Timothy. His reviews and essays have appeared in such publications as Salon, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. Click to read a Washington Post article about Mr. Bayard and Roosevelt's Beast.

Maud Casey
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Maud Casey

Maud Casey is the author of three novels: The Shape of Things to Come, a New York Times Notable Book; Genealogy; and The Man Who Walked Away. She also has a collection of stories titled Drastic. Ms. Casey is the recipient of the Calvino Prize and has received fellowships from the Fundación Valparaiso, Hawthornden Castle's International Retreat for Writers, the Château de Lavigny International Writers' Residency, the Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House, and the Passa Porta residency at Villa Hellebosch. Ms. Casey teaches at the University of Maryland and lives in Washington, DC. Click to read a Washington Post review of The Man Who Walked Away.

Erika Robuck Photo by Catsh Photography
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Erika Robuck

Erika Robuck self-published her first novel, Receive Me Falling with NAL/Penguin publishing her subsequent historical novels, Hemingway's Girl and Call Me Zelda, and will release Fallen Beauty in March. She is also part of an anthology of ten stories called Grand Central set one month after WWII at Grand Central Terminal in NY. Ms. Robuck has an historical fiction book blog, and is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Hemingway Society, and the Millay Society. Click to view Erika Robuck's blog.

Bethanne Patrick

Bethanne Kelly Patrick

Moderator - Bethanne Kelly Patrick is the books editor for Washingtonian magazine. A longtime critic and book blogger, her work has appeared in publications like the Washington Post Book World, O the Oprah Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Ms. Patrick tweets as @TheBookMaven and created the #FridayReads meme; she has appeared at many book and publishing festivals to include the Virginia Festival of the Book, Book Expo America, and Grub Street's The Muse and The Marketplace. The author of two books from National Geographic, Ms. Patrick is currently at work on her third project with that publisher. She lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband and their two daughters.

MARYLAND'S FISH AND NATURAL WONDERS
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. • Room 3 - Science & Library Center, Rooms 102-102



If  you love hiking the Appalachian trail, fishing the Chesapeake Bay, or both, this session extols the natural beauty of our region.


Bryan MacKay
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Bryan MacKay

Bryan MacKay is the author of three books published by the Johns Hopkins University Press: Hiking, Cycling and Canoeing in Maryland; A Family Guide: Baltimore Trails; and A Year across Maryland: A Week-by-Week Guide to Discovering Nature in the Chesapeake Region. He recently retired after thirty-three years as a senior lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences, UMBC.  Mr. MacKay has led natural history field trips for children and adults for many years at venues statewide. A lifelong resident of Catonsville, he enjoys canoeing, whitewater kayaking, backpacking, hiking, nature photography, and camping in our national parks. 

Edward O. Murdy
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Edward O. Murdy

Edward O. Murdy recently retired from the National Science Foundation, where he served in various capacities within the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE). From 1989 to 1994, he served as program manager for the Near East and Africa region. From 1994 until 1999, Mr. Murdy was involved with Japan programs and, for three years, was the director of the NSF office located in Tokyo, Japan. In 2008, he went on sabbatical leave, conducting research and teaching at both George Mason University and George Washington University. Mr. Murdy received a B.S. and an M.S. in biology from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University. He has written three books and his work has appeared in more than forty publications.

John Musick
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John A. Musick

John A. (Jack) Musick is the Marshall Acuff professor emeritus in marine science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William and Mary, where he has served on the faculty since 1967. He earned his B.A. in biology from Rutgers University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University. In 2008 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Science by the State of Virginia. Dr. Musick has published more than 150 scientific papers and co-authored or edited twenty-one books focused on the ecology and conservation of sharks, marine fisheries management, and sea turtle ecology. In 1985 he was elected a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Musick also has served as president of the Annual Sea Turtle Symposium (now the International Sea Turtle Society). He has chaired the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Shark Management Technical Committee. Many of his research papers over the last decade have been devoted to problems focused on fisheries bycatch of long-lived marine animals such as sharks and sea turtles.

Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley is producer and host of The Sunday Brunch on 103.1 WRNR-FM Annapolis, an eclectic musical radio program which includes the interview series "Voices of the Chesapeake Bay." The "Voices" series has run for fourteen years and includes over 500 interviews with people from the six-state, 64,000 sq. mile Chesapeake Bay watershed. The "Voices" project also includes a 400-page published book of the same name and a CD titled Songs of the Chesapeake Bay. During the week, Mr. Buckley works as program manager and oral history program director for the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, creating and managing programs, and building an Eastern Shore archive of the "Voices of the Chesapeake Bay" interviews in the world class Special Collections at Clifton M. Miller Library. The Sunday Brunch can be heard each week from 7:00-10:00 a.m. on 103.1 WRNR.

CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHORS


A wonderful line-up of children's book authors will be appearing at the Festival. Click here to go to the Family Activities page and see the creative activities they have planned.

Kwame Alexander
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Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee and author of seventeen books, including Acoustic Rooster, a picture book that has been optioned for a TV show, and the Young Adult/Teen novel He Said, She Said, a Junior Library Guild Selection. He is also a poet, publisher, literary editor, playwright, producer, speaker, performer, teacher, and book festival founder. Mr. Alexander is on the advisory council of LitWorld, and, through his Book-in-a-Day literacy program, he has helped more than 3,000 student authors create sixty-four anthologies of poetry and fiction. Publisher's Weekly considers him a pivotal figure in contemporary American literature and publishing and poet Nikki Giovanni calls him her "literary son." A regular speaker and workshop presenter at conferences in the U.S., Mr. Alexander also travels the world planting seeds of literary love (Brazil, Italy, France, Turkey, Canada, and Ghana are recent stops). Recently, he led a delegation of twenty writers and activists to Ghana, where they delivered books, built a library, and provided literacy professional development to 300 teachers, as part of LEAP for Ghana, a literacy program he co-founded. Click to read a Washington Post review of The Crossover.

Artie Bennett
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Artie Bennett

Artie Bennett is an author and the executive copy editor for a children’s book publisher. The  New York native is hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose.” He earned this title after writing The Butt Book which was published in 2010. The book was honored with the prestigious Reuben Award for book illustration. Mr. Bennett is the author of Poopendous! and the upcoming book Peter Panda Melts Down! (illustrated by John Nez). The Huffington Post says, “There is no topic Mr. Bennett can’t make funny and educational.” At age thirteen, he was the youngest person to sell a crossword puzzle to the New York Times. Mr. Bennett lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY. Click to view Mr. Bennett’s website.

Angelique Clarke
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Angelique Clarke

Angelique Clarke is the author of the children’s book, Boomer Explores Annapolis. She grew up in Annapolis and wanted to share the history and culture of her hometown through the antics of a silly dog named Boomer. Ms. Clarke has worked for Walt Disney World and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. She currently resides in Annapolis with her husband, three children and two dogs.

Kevin Cowherd
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Kevin Cowherd

Kevin Cowherd is the New York Times best-selling co-author of Hothead and four other baseball novels for young readers in the Cal Ripken Jr. All-Star Series. He was an award-winning sports and features columnist for the Baltimore Sun for thirty-two years and has also written for Men's Health, Parenting and Baseball Digest magazines. A collection of his Sun columns, Last Call at the 7-Eleven, was published in 1995. Currently he is writing a biography about Baltimore business tycoon Ed Hale, which will be published by Apprentice House. He and his wife live in Baltimore.

Debbie Levy
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Debbie Levy

Debbie Levy is the award-winning author of more than twenty books for young people. Her newest works are the picture book We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, and the young adult novel Imperfect Spiral. Click to view Debbie Levy's website.

Valerie Ormond
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Valerie Ormond

Valerie Ormond retired as a naval intelligence officer and is now a writer and speaker. Her first novel Believing in Horses won such awards as the Military Writers Society of America’s Gold Medal for Young Adult Books; the Gold Medal for Children’s Literature in the Stars and Flags Book Awards; and the Parent Tested Parent Approved Best Product and Official Winners Seal of Approval. Ms. Ormond’s next novel Believing in Horses, Too is scheduled for a Spring 2014 release. Her non-fiction stories have appeared in numerous books. She holds memberships in writing organizations including American Horse Publications, the Military Writers Society of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Accokeek Women Writers Group. She helps coordinate and is one of the judges of the annual Voice for the Horse Foundation’s Children’s International Writing Competition. Ms. Ormond is a member of the first National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau and a lifetime member of the Naval Intelligence Professionals and Disabled American Veterans. She also owns and rides horses and serves as secretary of the Maryland Horse Council, an organization representing 30,000 horse people in her home state. Click to view Valerie Ormond's website.

Michael Rex
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Michael Rex

Michael Rex has written and illustrated over thirty children’s books. His parody of the classic Goodnight Moon, titled Goodnight Goon, was a New York Times bestseller and continues to be hugely popular during the Halloween season. It even appeared as an answer on Jeopardy. In 2012, Mr. Rex launched a series of graphic novels for elementary readers titled Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian! The Los Angeles Times called the titular character “charming” and Wired said the books were “hilarious” and “wonderful.” The first book of the series made the New York Public Libraries’ list, “Children’s Books 2012: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.” Random House began publishing Icky Ricky in 2013. The Icky Ricky books, along with the Fangbone! books, are aimed squarely at reluctant readers, with instantly relatable characters, humor and action. Mr. Rex has a master’s degree in arts education, taught art for three years at Lehman High School in the Bronx, and has appeared on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.

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