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Alberto Gonzales was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate as the 80th attorney general of the United States in February 2005 and served in that capacity until September 2007. He has worked as a partner at the Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins and held positions as justice on the Texas Supreme Court, Texas Secretary of State, general counsel to the Governor of Texas, and counsel to the President of the United States. Judge Gonzales has also served as a visiting professor and minority/veteran recruitment consultant at Texas Tech University. He attended the United States Air Force Academy, Rice University and Harvard Law School.
Jim Dwyer, in his fourth decade as a newspaper reporter, is an author or co-author of six books, including 102 Minutes, which spent twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for the National Book Award. At the New York Times, where he has worked since 2001, he covered war, the calamities of 9/11, Katrina and Sandy; local, state and national politics; courts and cops; and arts and sciences. Mr. Dwyer won a Pulitzer for spot news as a member of a Newsday team in 1992 and another for commentary in 1995 for his columns. In addition, he contributed to the 9/11 coverage at the Times that won the Pulitzer for Public Service. As the "About New York" columnist for the last seven years, Mr. Dwyer's job has been to write about the joys, follies and serendipities of the city and was featured as a prominent voice in a documentary by Ken Burns on the Central Park jogger case. He was born and raised in New York City and received a biology degree from Fordham and a journalism degree from Columbia.
This is the second book Rob Kasper has written for the History Press. The first, Baltimore Beer: A Satisfying History of Charm City Brewing, was published in 2011. Prior to writing books, he was a features columnist for the Baltimore Sun. During Mr. Kasper's thirty-three years at the Sun, he won numerous writing awards and authored a nationally syndicated food column. A native of Dodge City, Kansas, he now lives in a Baltimore row house with his wife and two sons.
John “Boog” Powell is a former major league baseball player. During his sixteen seasons in the big leagues he played for the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a four-time All Star; a prominent member of two World Champion Oriole teams, 1966 and 1970; and in 1970 was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. In 1992 at the debut of Oriole Park at Camden he opened Boog’s BBQ. He and his wife have three children.
Andrea Chapin acted professionally, touring Germany in Edward Albee’s Seascape. She has been an editor at art, movie, theater, and literary magazines, including the Paris Review, Conjunctions and the Lincoln Center Theater Review. Ms. Chapin has written for such publications as More, Redbook, Town & Country, Self, and Martha Stewart Living. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Amitai Etzioni is a professor of international affairs at George Washington University. He served as a senior advisor in the Carter White House; taught at Columbia University, Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley; and served as the president of the American Sociological Association.
Martin Goldsmith is the host and classical music programmer for SiriusXM Radio’s “Symphony Hall” and hosted NPR’s “Performance Today” from 1989 to 1999. He is the author of The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany and the popular Composer Portrait series for Washington's National Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Goldsmith has sung in the chorus of the Baltimore Opera Company and acted in many roles in Washington-area theaters, including Arena Stage. He lives in Maryland. Click to see information about Martin Goldsmith's newest book Alex's Wake.
Debbie Levy is the award-winning author of the new picture book Dozer’s Run: A True Story of a Dog and His Race, which tells the story of a goldendoodle named Dozer who escapes from his yard to follower runners in a half marathon benefiting a cancer center. His run inspired thousands of pledges. Ms. Levy has written more than twenty works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for young people of all ages. She has presented at the Festival before with her books The Year of Goodbyes and We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song. Ms. Levey is a life-long Marylander.
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Eric Lichtblau is a New York Times investigative reporter in Washington DC. In 2006 he won a Pulitzer Prize for stories on the NSA’s secret wiretapping operations. Mr. Lichtblau has also appeared as a frequent guest on such shows as CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, C-SPAN, ABC. He is the author of Bush’s Law: The Remaking of American Justice.
Kate Milford is the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award long-listed Greenglass House, as well as The Boneshaker, The Broken Lands, The Kairos Mechanism, and Bluecrowne. She has written for stage and screen and authored articles on subjects as diverse as self-aware ironmongery and how to make saltwater taffy in a haunted kitchen. She grew up in Riva, Maryland, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Click to view Ms. Milford's website.
Michael Moss was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2010, and was a finalist for the prize in 2006 and 1999. He is also the recipient of a Loeb Award and an Overseas Press Club citation. Before coming to the New York Times, Mr. Moss was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons. Click to view Mr. Moss's website.
Marc Rotenberg is president and executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. He teaches information privacy and open government law at Georgetown University Law Center and frequently testifies before Congress on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. Mr. Rotenberg testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism," and has authored many amicus briefs for federal and state courts. He is a founding board member and former chair of the Public Interest Registry, which manages the .ORG domain. Mr. Rotenberg is the editor of The Privacy Law Sourcebook and co-editor of Information Privacy Law. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, and received an LL.M in international and comparative law. Mr. Rotenberg served as counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee after graduation from law school and was named one of the top lawyers in America 2013-2014 by Lawdragon.
John C. Unitas Jr. is the son of Johnny Unitas and the president of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc., which bestows the Golden Arm Award each year upon a college player. He co-wrote Johnny U and Me with Edward L. Brown. Mr. Unitas lives in Baldwin, Maryland.
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David Greene is host of NPR’s Morning Edition. He spent two years as NPR’s foreign correspondent in Moscow and has covered politics and events from the White House and abroad for over ten years. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife.
A longtime food and travel writer, Kathy Hunt’s work has appeared in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Baltimore Sun, and online at VegNews, BackHome, Zester Daily, and Epicurious. Her seafood cookbook, Fish Market, was dubbed by Weight Watchers as “one of the top ten books to give and receive in 2013.” Ms. Hunt was a contributing writer for the food encyclopedia Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Super Bowl and an upcoming book on craft brewers and distillers. Along with writing, she is a lecturer, photographer and cooking instructor. An alumna of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Ms. Hunt holds two master of science degrees. Click to view Ms. Hunt's website.
James Risen is an investigative journalist for the New York Times based in Washington, DC. In 2006, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. That work became the basis for his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. That same year, Mr. Risen won the Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. He co-wrote The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB with Milton Bearden and Wrath of Angels: The American Abortion War with Judy L. Thomas. Mr. Risen is a graduate of Brown University, where he majored in history and received a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Timothy Young has had a lot of fun jobs; he’s been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director, illustrator, and graphic designer. He has designed for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, the Muppets, Disney, the Simpsons, and Universal Studios. Now Mr. Young is the author/illustrator of five published picture books including I Hate Picture Books! and his latest, The Angry Little Puffin. He lives with his family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Find out more about him and his books.
Before publishing his debut novel, Elevating Overman, Bruce Ferber built a long and successful career as a television comedy writer and producer. A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, his credits include Bosom Buddies, Growing Pains, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Coach, and Home Improvement, where he served as executive producer and showrunner. In addition to being recognized by the Television Academy, Mr. Ferber's work has received the People's Choice, Kid's Choice and Environmental Media Awards. His new novel Cascade Falls is a tragicomic look at the failed promise of the American Dream, exploring the desperate price paid for sacrificing who we are for how and where we live. Mr. Ferber lives in Southern California. Click to view Mr. Ferber's website.
Glenn Kurtz is the author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film, which was named a Best Book of 2014 by the New Yorker, the Boston Globe and NPR. His first book is Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music. Mr. Kurtz also hosts “Conversations on Practice,” a series about the writing process and the writer’s life. Guests have included Martin Amis, Jennifer Egan, Patti Smith, and many others.
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Adam Sobel is a professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth
Observatory and Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is an atmospheric scientist who specializes in the dynamics of climate and weather, particularly in the tropics. A major focus of his current research is extreme events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and droughts, and the risks these pose to human society in the present and future climate. Dr. Sobel holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and music from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the last few years, he has received the Meisinger Award from the American Meteorological Society, the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, an AXA Award in Extreme Weather and Climate from the AXA Research Fund, and an Ascent Award from the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union.
Diane Muldrow is an editorial director at Golden Books/Random House, and the editor of the famous Little Golden Books. She has worked in publishing for over twenty-five years, editing mass market, licensed and trade picture books for young children. Ms. Muldrow is also a prolific author of books for children of all ages, including the middle-grade series Dish, and the picture book We Planted A Tree.
She edited Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way, by noted literary historian Leonard Marcus. She and Mr. Marcus co-curated an exhibition of original Golden Books illustrations, which is currently touring the country. Ms. Muldrow was a dancer, actress and spoken-word performer in New York’s avant-garde scene in the late 1980s/early 1990s. She holds bachelor’s degrees in fine arts (dance) and magazine journalism, from Ohio University. Click to view Ms. Muldrow's website.
Aviva Chomsky is a professor of history and coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Her books include Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, A History of the Cuban Revolution, Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working, They Take Our Jobs! And Twenty Other Myths about Immigration and West Indian Workers, and The United Fruit Company in Costa Rica, 1870-1940. Dr. Chomsky's recent work has been in three main areas: the Cuban revolution, northern Colombia's coal industry, and immigration and undocumentedness in the United States. Thematically, she incorporates the issues of economic development, migration, labor, environment, and global inequality.
Dan Zevin is a recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. His four humorous books have led readers through each phase of life,from post-college coping to kids, carpools and Costco. Two of his titles, Dan Gets a Minivan and The Day I Turned Uncool were optioned by Adam Sandler, and the latter is now being developed as a sitcom by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. Mr. Zevin has been profiled in USA Today, and has been on CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, the Today Show, and NPR. He has also been an award-winning humor columnist for the New York Times, a comic commentator for NPR, and a contributor to print and digital publications including the New Yorker, McSweeney's, Details, Salon, the L.A. Times, Real Simple, and Parents. Mr. Zevin teaches humor writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and working on a series of children's book parodies to be published by Crown later this year.
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Gernot Wagner serves as lead senior economist at the Environmental Defense Fund and teaches energy economics as an adjunct associate professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He wrote But Will the Planet Notice? and Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet, with Harvard’s Martin Weitzman. Dr. Wagner served on the editorial board of the Financial Times as a Peter Martin Fellow, where he covered economics, energy and the environment. He holds a joint bachelor’s degree in environmental science, public policy and economics, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard, as well as a master’s degree in economics from Stanford. Dr. Wagner is a research associate at the Harvard Kennedy School and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Cambridge, MA, with his wife and their two children. Click to view Dr. Wagner's website.
Mikita Brottman, the author of The Great Grisby, is
an Oxford-educated scholar, psychoanalyst and cultural critic. Her articles
have been printed in such publications as the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic
Review, and American Imago. Dr. Brottman is the author of six
previous books, including The Solitary Vice: Against Reading. She is a professor of humanities at the Maryland Institute
College of Art in Baltimore and a practicing psychoanalyst. Click to view Ms. Brottman's website.
Timothy Denevi's first book, Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD, was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster. His work has recently appeared in Time, The Atlantic, Gulf Coast, and Arts & Letters. Mr. Denevi is a member of the creative writing faculty in the MFA program at George Mason University, where he teaches nonfiction. His new book project combines fictional retellings of gospel narratives, academic research into the historical origins of Jesus, and personal narratives from his Catholic upbringing. Click to view Mr. Denevi's website.
Cheryl Klam has written for film and television as well as more than a dozen books for Pocket, Harlequin, Penguin Random House, and Harper Teen. Her book, Elusion (coauthored by Claudia Gabel), was optioned for film by Beau Flynn and Silver Reel and is currently in development as a movie. Its sequel, Etherworld, is due out in March. Click to view Ms. Klams'
W. Joseph Campbell is a full professor at American University’s School of Communication in Washington, DC. He is the author of six books, the most recent of which is 1995: The Year the Future Began. The book identifies watershed moments in what was a pivotal year in recent American history. Dr. Campbell’s previous book, Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism won the Society of Professional Journalists’ national award for research about journalism. Click to view Dr. Campbell's website.
Alex Myers is a writer, teacher and speaker. He was raised as a girl in Paris, Maine, where he lived until he attended Phillips Exeter Academy. At Exeter, Mr. Myers came out as transgender, returning his senior year as a man after attending for three years as a woman. After Exeter, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard and completed his MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he wrote Revolutionary, his debut novel. Mr. Myers currently lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and two cats. Click to view Mr. Myers's website.
Jesse Walker, an editor at Reason magazine, is the author of The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory and Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America. He lives in Towson with his wife and two daughters.
A graduate of the MFA Program at Vermont College, Barbara Lockhart has received individual artist awards in fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council for excerpts from her novels, Requiem for a Summer Cottage and Elizabeth’s Field, as well as for her short stories which have appeared in such venues as Indiana Review, the Greensboro Review, Pleiades, Women’s Words, Baltimore City Paper, Oceana Magazine, and an anthology, Generation to Generation.
Kembrew McLeod is a writer, filmmaker and professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa. He has published and produced several books and documentaries about music, popular culture and copyright law—including Pranksters and Freedom of Expression, which received the American Library Association’s Oboler book award. Copyright Criminals aired on PBS’s Emmy Award-winning documentary series Independent Lens, and Mr. McLeod’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, Slate, Salon, SPIN, and Rolling Stone. Click to view Mr. McLeod's website..
Erika Robuck is an historical fiction writer, book blogger, and voracious reader. Her first novel, Receive Me Falling was self-published; thereafter, Penguin Random House published Hemingway's Girl, Call Me Zelda, Fallen Beauty, and a short story anthology to which she contributed,Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion. Her forthcoming novel The House of Hawthorne will release in May 2015. Ms. Robuck writes about and reviews historical fiction at her blog, "Muse," and is a contributor to fiction blog, "Writer Unboxed." She is also a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Hemingway Society, the Millay Society, and the Hawthorne Society. Click to view Ms. Robuck's website.
Barbara Klein Moss is the author of the story collection Little Edens. Her fiction has appeared in a number of journals including the Missouri Review and the Georgia Review, and in Best American Short Stories. Ms. Moss has received fellowships from MacDowell, Bread Loaf and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Annapolis. Click to view Ms. Moss's website.
Charles E. Gannon’s Nebula Award-nominated Fire with Fire won the 2014 Compton Crook Award. Its sequel, Trial by Fire, garnered a starred review in Publisher's Weekly and joined his earlier bestsellers 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies, and 1635: The Papal Stakes (both co-authored with Eric Flint). Dr. Gannon also collaborates in the New York Times bestselling Starfire series. He remains a distinguished professor of English at Stony Brook University, was a Fulbright senior specialist, and is on the sci-fi/government forum SIGMA. He was featured on Discovery Channel and NPR and won the 2006 ALA Choice Award for Rumors of War and Infernal Machines. Click to view Dr. Gannon's website.
Mr. Schreiber grew up in Michigan, Alaska, California, and Wyoming. He is the author of several books for young adult and middle grade readers, as well as three New York Times bestselling Star Wars novels for Lucasfilm, and several horror novels for Del Rey/Random House. Mr. Schreiber works as an MRI technologist and lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife and children. Click to view Mr. Schreiber's website.
Sarah Wildman has reported across Europe and the Middle East for the New York Times, Slate and the New Yorker, among other places, and is a former New Republic staffer. She is the recipient of the Peter R. Weitz Prize from the German Marshall Fund “for excellence and originality in reporting on Europe and the transatlantic relationship” for the series in Slate, where Paper Love originated. Ms. Wildman lives in Washington, D.C. Click to view Ms. Wildman's
As an attorney for the federal government, examples of Mr. Fallon's latest work are more likely to be found in the Federal Register than a bookstore. He is, however, also the author of Diego Dilemma in the Cookie Conundrum, the first entry in a new children’s book series inspired by the antics of his five-year-old son. Mr. Fallon is a graduate of Trinity College in London, the Guildford School of Acting (UK), and the UC, Berkeley School of Law. He lives with his family in Annapolis. Click to view Mr. Fallon's
T. Michael Martin’s debut YA novel, The End Games, was an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. He topped Booklist’s“Insanely Talented First Novelist” and “Top Youth Horror Novel of 2013” lists. Mr. Martin is also the director and co-host of "How to Adult" producedby Vlogbrothers Hank and John Green. He and his wife reside in Indianapolis. Click to view Mr. Martin's
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