The Authors

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


Authors Appearing in 2016

Authors will be joining the Festival throughout the coming months.
Check back and watch the list grow! 

Diane Rehm
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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.

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

David Hoffman
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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).


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.


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.


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


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

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


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.

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 the #FridayReads hashtag, which continues to attract thousands of readers on social media around the world every week.
Twitter: twitter.com/thebookmaven
Website: www.bethannepatrick.com

Reid Mitenbuler Photo by Garrett Hubbard
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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.

Jessie Hartland Photo by Isabelle Dervaux
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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

Peter Manseau
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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

Donna Jackson Nakazawa
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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.

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

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.

Brigid Kemmerer
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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


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

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.


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.


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.
Website: JakeRussellSports.com

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

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

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

Michael Tougias
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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

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

Stephanie Dray
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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

Ron Childress
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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

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

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.

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