The Authors

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Authors Appearing in 2017

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Thomas Dolby
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Thomas Dolby

The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology

Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, and then moved to Silicon Valley, where he has an extraordinary career as an entrepreneur. He has been named Johns Hopkins University’s first Homewood Professor of the Arts, where he will help create a new center that will serve as an incubator for technology in the arts.
Website: www.thomasdolby.com
Facebook: officialthomasdolby
Twitter: @ThomasDolby

Jonathan S. Addleton
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Jonathan S. Addleton

The Dust of Kandahar: A Diplomat Among Warriors in Afghanistan

Jonathan S. Addleton served as United States Ambassador to Mongolia. His thirty-two-year Foreign Service career also included assignments as USAID mission director in India, Pakistan, Cambodia, Mongolia, and Central Asia; USAID representative to the European Union in Brussels; and senior civilian representative for southern Afghanistan in Kandahar. Mr. Addleton authored four books: The Dust of Kandahar; Mongolia and the United States; Some Far and Distant Place; and Undermining the Center. His articles have appeared in such publications as Asian Affairs, Foreign Service Journal, Mongolica, Muslim World, and the Washington Post. Mr. Addleton was born and raised in the mountains of northern Pakistan. He has Ph.D. is from Tufts University and a B.S. from Northwestern University. His awards include the Christian A. Herter Award for Intellectual Courage and Constructive Dissent from the American Foreign Service Association; Distinguished Honor Award from USAID; Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the United States Army; and Polar Star, Mongolia's highest civilian award, from the President of Mongolia.
Website:  www.dustofkandahar.com

Gary Belsky
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Gary Belsky

On the Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of Everybody's Favorite Games (coauthor Neil Fine)

Gary Belsky, the former editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine and espn.com/insider, is a seasoned commentator on sports and sports culture, media and business. For several years he was the co-host of a weekly sports show on SiriusXM, and has appeared on a variety of media platforms, including CNN, E! and NPR. Before joining ESPN, where Mr. Belsky created the company’s franchise “Body Issue,” he was a writer at Money magazine and a reporter for Crain’s New York Business and the St. Louis Business Journal. He was a regular contributor to CNN’s Your Money and ABC’s Good Morning America, as well as a frequent guest on Oprah, Inside Edition,CBS This Morning, and many other programs. Mr. Belsky’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York, Sports Illustrated, Mental Floss, time.com, money.com, and newyorker.com. In 1990, he won the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. A longtime resident of Manhattan, Mr. Belsky serves on the board of directors of Urban Pathways, one of New York's largest providers of services to the homeless; the New York Neo-Futurists, an award-winning theater company; and the Leadership Council of the Pierre Laclede Honors College at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, his alma mater.
Twitter: @GaryBelsky
Instagram: @Gary_Belsky

Kate Andersen Brower
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Kate Andersen Brower

First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies

Kate Andersen Brower is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House. Her new book, also a New York Times bestseller, First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies reveals what life is really like for the First Lady through interviews with the former First Ladies themselves and their family members, friends and political advisers. Ms. Anderson Brower spent four years covering the Obama White House for Bloomberg News and is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. She has written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, The Washington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek. She lives outside of Washington, DC, with her husband, their two young children, and their wheaten terrier.
Website: www.katebrower.com
Twitter: @katebrower
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kateandersenbrowerauthor

Rabia ChaudryPhoto by Hira Khan
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Rabia Chaudry

Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After "Serial"

Rabia Chaudry is a wife, mother, attorney, and currently a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she researches the intersection of religion and violent extremism. Her regions of interest are Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. She received her J.D. from the George Mason School of Law and practiced immigration and civil rights law for over a decade. Ms. Chaudry is a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar, and a fellow of the Truman National Security Project, the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, and the Shalom Hartman Institute. She is the public advocate of Adnan Syed, the wrongfully convicted man at the center of Serial, the most popular podcast in history and the co-producer and co-host of the podcast Undisclosed, which has over 70 million downloads. Ms. Chaudry is the recipient of the Truman National Security Project's 2015 Harry S. Truman Award for Communications & Media Influence, a 2015 Carnegie Corporation Great Immigrant, and the 2015 Healing & Hope award by the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth.
Website: www.rabiachaudry.com
Twitter: @rabiasquared
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rabia.chaudry

Stefanie DeLuca
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Stefanie DeLuca

Coming of Age in the Other America (coauthors Susan Clampet-Lundquist, Kathryn J. Edin)

Stefanie DeLuca is an associate professor of sociology at the Johns Hopkins University. Her research uses sociological perspectives to inform education and housing policy and she was awarded a William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Award to study residential mobility, neighborhoods and family life among very poor families in the South. Dr. DeLuca is currently working on a mixed-methods study examining the effects of Baltimore housing programs on long-term neighborhood and school quality, as well as children’s educational outcomes. She contributes regularly to national and local media, including the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, Education Week, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and National Public Radio. Dr. DeLuca’s work has been published in academic journals such as Journal of Public Policy Analysis and Management, Annual Review of Sociology, and American Educational Research Journal, and she has presented her work as part of an exhibit at the National Museum of American History. She was appointed to a MacArthur Foundation research network on the effects of housing on young children, as a fellow at the Century Foundation, and as a member of the policy advisory board at the Reinvestment Fund. Dr. DeLuca earned her Ph.D. in human development and social policy at Northwestern University, and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology at the University of Chicago.
Website: povertyinequalityresearchlab.org
Twitter: @Stefanie_DeLuca

Kevin Deutsch
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Kevin Deutsch

Pill City: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire

Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning criminal justice reporter for Newsday and author of The Triangle: A Year on the Ground with New York's Bloods and Crips. He previously worked on staff at the New York Daily News, Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, and Riverdale Press. Mr. Deutsch’s work has also appeared in Newsweek. He specializes in journalism about street gangs and drug trafficking and has received multiple prizes for his writing about crime and national news events, including an Associated Press award for justice beat reporting. A graduate of Florida International University, Mr. Deutsch teaches journalism at Queens College and lives in New York City.
Website: www.kevindeutsch.us
Twitter: @pillcitybook
Instagram: pillcity

 Kathryn J. EdinPhoto by Aaron Clamage
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Kathryn J. Edin

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America (coauthor H. Luke Shaefer)

Kathryn J. Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life and neighborhood contexts. The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women, men and children. Dr. Edin has authored six books and some fifty journal articles and is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Formerly, she was professor of public policy and management at the Harvard Kennedy School and chair of the multidisciplinary program in inequality and social policy. Dr. Edin is a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children and a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy.
Website: www.twodollarsaday.com

Amy Gary
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Amy Gary

In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown

Amy Gary discovered unpublished manuscripts and songs from Margaret Wise Brown, author of Good Night Moon, tucked away in a trunk in the attic of Margaret Brown’s sister’s barn in 1990. Since then, Ms. Gary has catalogued, edited and researched all of the author’s writings. Her work on Margaret Brown has been covered in Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly and on NPR. Ms. Gary was formerly the director of publishing at Lucasfilm and headed the publishing department at Pixar Animation studios. In addition to writing, she packages books for retailers and publishers. In that capacity, she has worked with Sam’s Wholesale, Books-a-Million, Sterling Publishers, and Charles Schultz Creative Associates.
Website: margaretwisebrown.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmyGaryAuthor/
Twitter: @MargaretWiseB

Pamela Haag
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Pamela Haag

The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of the American Gun Culture

Pamela Haag is an award-winning essayist, historian and nonfiction author. The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture is her third book. She has published works on a wide range of topics in a variety of forums, including The American Scholar, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Times (London), Slate, Michigan Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, Time, and many others. The Gunning of America and Marriage Confidential both received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. Dr. Haag has discussed her work on hundreds of radio and television programs, including the Diane Rehm Show , the Today show, MSNBC, C-Span's AfterWords, the CBS Sunday morning show, and WNYC's The Takeaway. In addition to her writing, she has a freelance developmental editing business. Dr. Haag has a Ph.D. in history from Yale University, an M.F.A. from Goucher, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.
Website: www.pamelahaag.com

Cait Murphy
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Cait Murphy

A History of American Sports in 100 Objects

Cait Murphy is the author of two previous books, Crazy '08, about the 1908 baseball season, and Scoundrels in Law, about late-19th-century New York celebrity lawyers. She spent most of her career as a journalist, including stints with the Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, the Economist in London, and Fortune in New York. Ms. Murphy is now an editor with McKinsey and Company, working chiefly on research related to energy and the environment. Her degree is in American studies from Amherst College, and all her books reflect her continuing interest in the subject.
Website: historyofamericansportsin100objects.com

Shauna Shames
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Shauna L. Shames

Out of the Running: Why Millennials Reject Political Careers and Why It Matters

Shauna L. Shames is an assistant professor in the political science department of Rutgers-Camden. She received a Ph.D. from Harvard in May, 2014. Dr. Shames has published articles, reports and book chapters on women as candidates, black women in Congress, comparative child care policy, work/family conflict, abortion, feminism in the U.S. and internationally, gay and lesbian rights, and U.S. public opinion. She has designed and taught courses as an instructor and as a teaching fellow/assistant on race, class, gender, American politics, women's studies, the history of feminism, and futuristic fiction, and has lectured widely on gender, race and politics. Dr. Shames is also a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.
Website: www.shaunashames.com

Rachel Starnes
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Rachel Starnes

The War at Home: A Wife's Search for Peace (and Other Missions Impossible)

Rachel Starnes is the author of The War at Home: A Wife’s Search for Peace (and Other Missions Impossible). She is the wife of a Navy fighter pilot and has lived in Scotland, Texas, Saudi Arabia, Florida, Nevada, and California. Ms. Starnes holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in Front Porch Journal, Colorado Review and O Magazine, and she has been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air.
Facebook: facebook.com/rachelsstarnes
Twitter: @rachelsstarnes

Susan Stockdale
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Susan Stockdale

Fantastic Flowers

Susan Stockdale is the author and illustrator of eight picture books including Stripes of All Types, Fabulous Fishes and Bring On the Birds. Her books celebrate nature with exuberance and charm and have won awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, the National Science Teachers Association and Bank Street College of Education. Ms. Stockdale's expressive prose and artwork elicit praise. The Washington Post wrote, “If the paintings are the feast, Stockdale's words are the dessert.” Her latest book, Fantastic Flowers, spotlights flowers that resemble all kinds of things. Ms. Stockdale lives in Chevy Chase, MD.
Website: www.susanstockdale.com
Facebook: facebook.com/susan.stockdale.3
Twitter: @susan_stockdale