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Authors Appearing in 2015


Last year, President Obama announced an executive order giving deportation relief to five million immigrants, based on the idea that America is a nation founded on immigrants. However expanding the grounds of inadmissibility may foster greater respect for the law and overstaying visas. Immigration is permeating all aspects of politics on Capitol Hill, from confirmation hearings to debates on national security. Join  former U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and professor Aviva Chomsky for a timely discussion on United States immigration policy.

Alberto Gonzales Photo by Rob Lindsay

Alberto R. Gonzales

A Conservative and Compassionate Approach to Immigration Reform

Alberto R. 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.
Aviva Chomsky

Aviva Chomsky


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.


In an age of surveillance cameras, GPS, monitored emails, and social media, what is an acceptable expectation for privacy? Join us for a discussion with Pulitzer Prize winning author James Dwyer, distinguished professor Amitai Etzioni, and president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center Marc Rotenberg for a discussion of privacy rights in a digital age.


Jim Dwyer

Jim Dwyer

More Awesome Than Money

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.

Amitai Etzioni

Amitai Etzioni

The New Normal

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.

Marc Rotenberg

Marc Rotenberg

Privacy in the Modern Age

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.


Tasty fish recipes are synonymous with life on the Chesapeake Bay. But where are the best places to sample our local cuisine, and how do you prepare seafood at home? Join food and travel writers Mary Lou Baker and Kathy Hunt for a discussion of Maryland seafood, restaurants and recipes, and a demonstration on how to prepare those most delicious dishes.

Kathy Hunt

Kathy Hunt

Fish Market

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, BackHomeZester 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.

Mary Lou Baker

Mary Lou Baker

Seafood Lover's Chesapeake Bay

Mary Lou Baker has been a food and travel writer since the 1980s, first as a restaurant reviewer and weekly travel columnist for the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, and later as food and wine editor at Baltimore Magazine. She has also served as the restaurant reviewer for Chesapeake Life, Annapolis Lifestyle and Shore Living magazines.


Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese and seventy pounds of sugar. Every day, we ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt, double the recommended amount, which mostly comes from processed food, an industry that hauls in $1 trillion in annual sales. Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter Michael Moss shows us why in his book "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us."


Michael Moss

Michael Moss

Salt Sugar Fat

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.


How does one take on the memories of another individual, let alone the collective memory of millions? As the last of those who lived through the Holocaust move into their late 80s and 90s, their descendants are stepping into the roles of torch bearers and educators. And what happened to the perpetrators of these horrific events? Martin Goldsmith, Sarah Wildman and Glenn Kurtz share their family legacies, and preserve the stories of those who the Nazis tried to erase from history. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Lichtblau shares the disturbing details of a little known U.S. operation that brought Nazis into the country with government protection. Radio host Marc Steiner moderates.


Martin Goldsmith Photo by Amy Roach

Martin Goldsmith

Alex's Wake

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.

Glen Kurtz

Glenn Kurtz

Three Minutes in Poland

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. Click to view Mr. Kurtz's website.

Eric Licthtblau

Eric Lichtblau

The Nazis Next Door

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.

Sarah Wildman

Sarah Wildman

Paper Love

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 website.

Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

Moderator - Since the Marc Steiner Show premiered in 1993, Marc Steiner has become one of the most recognized voices in Maryland and has gained national acclaim, winning a 2007 Peabody Award and acknowledgement as “Most Valuable Radio Program” by the Nation in 2013. Mr. Steiner played an integral role in the founding of NPR station WYPR, and also founded the non-profit Center for Emerging Media. His show currently airs on Morgan State University’s WEAA. Mr. Steiner's career has included working as a Civil Rights organizer, founding theater programs for prisoners, and teaching acting for ten years at the Baltimore School for the Arts.


The war on terror has come with extraordinary costs in blood, treasure and consequences for the United States. Retired Lieutenant Colonel John A. Nagl and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist John Risen provide an examination of the America’s effort to combat terrorism.

John Nagl

John A. Nagl

Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice

John A. Nagl is the ninth headmaster of the Haverford School in Haverford, PA, and a member of the board of advisors at the Center for a New American Security, where he previously served as president. His writings have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy, among others. Dr. Nagl has appeared on the News Hour with Jim Leher, National Public Radio, 60 Minutes, Washington Journal, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He led a tank platoon in Operation Desert Storm and served as the operations officer of a tank battalion task force in Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star medal. He earned his master’s degree in military arts and sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, where he received the George C. Marshall Award as the top graduate, and his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

James Risen

James Risen

Pay Any Price

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.


Johnny Unitas is widely considered the finest quarterback ever to play the game. Much has been written about his life, but his son, John, reveals information about his family and father’s career that has never before been brought to light. For anyone who holds an interest in either Johnny Unitas’s life or NFL history, John C. Unitas Jr.’s revealing and touching biography, "Johnny U and Me: The Man Behind the Golden Arm" is a must-read. ESPN reporter Jamison Hensley moderates.


John C. Unitas Jr.

John C. Unitas Jr.

Johnny U and Me

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. Click to view the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Education Foundation's website.

Jamison Hensley

Jamison Hensley

Moderator - Jamison Hensley is the Ravens team reporter for Prior to joining ESPN, he served as the Ravens beat writer for the Baltimore Sun for eleven years. He also served as's AFC North blogger in 2011 and 2012. Mr. Hensley covered the team during both of its Super Bowl seasons and chronicled the storied careers of Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden and Ed Reed.


Morning Edition host David Greene chronicles his fascinating but grueling 6,000-mile trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. His travels offer a look at the new Russia—a nation that boasts open elections and new found prosperity but continues to endure oppression, corruption, a dwindling population, and stark inequality. During the journey he speaks with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years.

David Greene Photo by David P. Gilkey

David Greene

Midnight in Siberia

David Greene is co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition. He spent five years as NPR’s Moscow bureau chief and has covered politics and events from the White House and abroad for over ten years. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife.


Three novels examine different centuries through an historical lens. We take a look at fictional tales with famous 16th and 19th century authors; and discover America’s first female soldier. From romance to exploration and revolution, our authors will take you on a journey through time. Andrea Chapin, Alex Myers and Erika Robuck join us to share their beautifully crafted novels.


Andrea Chapin Photo by Ric Kallaher

Andrea Chapin

The Tutor

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.

Alex Myers

Alex Myers


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.

Erika Robuck

Erika Robuck

The House of Hawthorne

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.

The Writer's Center - NEW SUSPENSE FICTION

Teddy Roosevelt on an expedition in the Brazilian jungle in 1914. A reporter in racially polarized Washington, DC, covering a high-profile murder. A missing girl in tsunami-ravaged Japan. These three exciting new suspense novels expand the genre. Come and hear authors Louis Bayard, Sujata Massey and Neely Tucker talk about the art and craft of creating suspense. Moderated by author A.X. Ahmad.

Louis Bayard

Louis Bayard

Roosevelt's Beast

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 and the Los Angeles Times. He teaches creative writing at George Washington University and is the author of the popular "Downton Abbey" recaps for the New York Times.

Sujata Massey

Sujata Massey

The Kizuna Coast

Sujata Massey is the Baltimore-based author of twelve novels. Her latest book, The Kizuna Coast, is a mystery set in the aftermath of Japan's 2011 tsunami. Books in the Rei Shimura mystery series have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and been finalists for the Edgar and Mary Higgins Clark prizes. Ms. Massey also writes historical fiction set in India, including The Sleeping Dictionary, a romantic novel about a young girl in British Raj India. She studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University and was a reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun before becoming a novelist. Click to view Ms. Massey's website.

Neely Tucker

Neely Tucker

The Ways of the Dead

Neely Tucker, author of Love in the Driest Season, The Ways of the Dead, and Murder, D.C., is a novelist, former foreign correspondent, and currently a staff writer at the Washington Post Sunday Magazine. Love in the Driest Season, a memoir, was named one of twenty-five Best Books of 2004 by Publishers Weekly, the New York City Library, and the American Booksellers Association. The Ways of the Dead, the first of the Sully Carter novels, drew rave notices, including starred reviews from Kirkus, Library Journal and Booklist. A native of rural Mississippi, he lives in Bethesda with his family. Click to view Mr. Tucker's website.

A.X. Ahmad

A.X. Ahmad

The Last Taxi Ride

Moderator - A.X. Ahmad was raised in India, and educated at Vassar College and M.I.T. He is the author of suspense novels The Caretaker and The Last Taxi Ride. His essays and stories have been published in literary magazines and listed in Best American Essays. He teaches the master novel course at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. Click to view Mr. Ahmad's website.


Most scientists say the temperature of our planet is consistently on the rise. Join two experts―Adam Sobel and Gernot Wagner―as they explore what we can do to protect ourselves in what could be a future of catastrophic weather.The panel will be moderated by veteran science journalist Miles O'Brien.


Adam Sobel

Adam Sobel

Storm Surge

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.

Gernot Wagner

Gernot Wagner

Climate Shock

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.

Miles O'Brien

Miles O'Brien

Moderator - Miles O’Brien is veteran, independent journalist who focuses on science, technology and aerospace. He is a producer and correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE, the National Science Foundation Science Nation series, and also serves as an aviation analyst for CNN. For nearly seventeen of his thirty-two years in the news business, Mr. O’Brien was a staff correspondent and anchor with CNN based in Atlanta and New York. He served as the science, environment and aerospace space correspondent and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning. Mr. O’Brien is currently an at large member of the NASA advisory council, offering strategic advise to the NASA administrator. He has won numerous awards over the years, including a half-dozen Emmys, a Peabody and DuPont for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.


As the long-time editor of the Little Golden Books series, Diane Muldrow realized the life lessons found in their pages were also applicable to the adults reading the stories. Drawing from more than sixty stories like The Little Red Hen and The Poky Little Puppy, Diane tells an adorable twist of the gold-foil bound fables. This golden G=guide to life shares practical and fun tips like “Be a hugger” and “Frolic,” “Daydream,” “Go on a Picnic.” Come and reminisce about your favorite childhood Golden Books with Diane Muldrow.

Diane Muldrow

Diane Muldrow

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book

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.


Many new writers are blissfully unaware of behaviors that mark them as unready for publication. Surprisingly not all of them are in the work, but in its presentation and delivery. What are some of these traps, and how can you avoid making them when you send your work off to a complete stranger? Learn what not to say about yourself or your work and why; and find out how to present yourself and your work in the best possible light. This workshop, led by author Jamie Brown, will be about how to avoid turning the editor off before they even see your work.


Jamie Brown

Jamie Brown

Sakura: A Cycle of Haiku

Jamie Brown’s fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been widely published. He served as the poetry critic for the Washington Times and his haiku cycle, Sakura, won the Delaware Press Association Prize for Best Book of Verse in 2013. He is founder, publisher and editor of the Broadkill Review and founder of Broadkill Publishing Associates, LLC. Mr. Brown taught at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, after over a decade teaching at George Washington University. He also taught the first creative writing class ever offered at the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Brown served as the fiction editor of the Washington Review of the Arts, as contributing editor for the Sulphur River Literary Review, and as a member of the poetry committee of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Mr. Brown earned his MFA from the American University.

The Path to Redemption: One Woman’s Journey to Salvation

Local author Tonier Cain, in her book "Healing Neen: One Woman's Path to Salvation from Trauma and Addiction," tells of her incredible fight to leave behind a life of prostitution and addiction. She is now a leading advocate for trauma-informed care in prisons and mental health facilities, and travels the country helping those in need of a path to recovery.


Tonier Cain

Tonier Cain

Healing Neen: One Woman's Path to Salvation from Trauma and Addiction

For two decades, Neen (Tonier Cain) hustled on the streets of Annapolis, desperately feeding an insatiable crack addiction, racking up eighty-three arrests along the way with rapes and beatings a routine part of her life. While incarcerated, she was provided the opportunity to go to a community trauma, mental health and addictions program. From this point she began to heal and reclaim power over her life, embarking on a remarkable “upward spiral,” that has no limit. Neen continues to transform her own life while helping others to embrace her motto “where there’s breath, there’s hope.” Healing Neen is her extreme story of faith.


Bring a gimlet-eyed sense of skepticism as we take a look at the conspiracy theories, rabble-rousers and sensationalism permeating our culture. From the illuminati, to Stephen Colbert, to the O.J. Simpson Trial, join authors W. Joseph Campbell, Kembrew McLeod and Jesse Walker as they discuss those who made mischief and headlines.


W. Joseph Campbell

W. Joseph Campbell


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.

Kembrew McLeod

Kembrew McLeod


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..

Jesse Walker

Jesse Walker

The United States of Paranoia

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.


Author Timothy Denevi delivers a sensitive portrayal of life with ADHD, as he shares with us his triumphs and struggles with the disorder. "Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD" outlines his personal journey with medication, therapy and self-realization, while tracing the history of medication for hyperactivity from the 1930s to today.


Timothy Denevi

Timothy Denevi


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.


Join television producer and novelist Bruce Ferber and winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor Dan Zevin as they take a humorous look at the lives of the American family man: one through a novel portraying a struggling writer in Phoenix and the other through the personal story of a trying-to-remain-hip father in Brooklyn.

Bruce Ferber

Bruce Ferber

Cascade Falls

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.

Dan Zevin

Dan Zevin

Dan Gets a Minivan

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. Click to view Mr. Zevin's website.


Legendary Baltimore Oriole, John "Boog" Powell is a four-time All-Star, played in two World Series, and also knows how to make one heck of a pit beef sandwich. In "Baltimore Baseball and Barbecue with Boog Powell: Stories from the Orioles' Smokey Slugger," Boog Powell and Baltimore author Rob Kasper tell a rollicking tale spiced with recipes and topped off with interviews from former teammates like Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer.

Rob Kasper

Rob Kasper and Boog Powell

Baltimore Baseball & Barbecue with Boog Powell

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.


Science fiction lovers will be delighted with this panel of best-selling authors. Escape to far-away galaxies, explore uprising and revolts, delve into true detective tales, and experience alien invasions with Catherine Asaro, Jack Campbell and Charles E. Gannon.

Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro


Catherine Asaro is an author of science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has written over twenty-five novels, as well as short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed Ruby Dynasty series combines adventure, hard science, math, romance, and fast-paced action. She has won the Nebula® and Analog Reader's Choice awards. Her most recent books are the anthology she edited, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2013, the novel Carnelians, and the anthology of her short fiction titled Aurora in Four Voices.

Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell

The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword

Jack Campbell is the pen name of John G. Hemry, a retired naval officer who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis before serving with the surface fleet and in a variety of other assignments. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Fleet series as well as the Stark’s War series and the Paul Sinclair series. His short fiction appears frequently in Analog magazine. The Lost Stars series includes Tarnished Knight and Imperfect Sword.

Charles E. Gannon

Charles E. Gannon

Trial by Fire

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.


While examining eight years of life with her French bulldog, Grisby, Mikita Brottman ruminates on the singular bond between dogs and humans. Is her relationship with Grisby nourishing or dysfunctional, commonplace or unique? In her book "The Great Grisby," she challenges the assumption that there is something repressed and neurotic about those deeply connected to a dog, and focuses on the many ways in which dogs are the mirror of men.

Mikita Brottman Photo by Edward Winter

Mikita Brottman

The Great Grisby

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.


Flesh-eating zombies and a deceptively perfect virtual world converge in this mind-blowing panel of authors who have written two of the hottest sci-fi novels for young adult readers. Meet authors Cheryl Klam and T. Michael Martin. For young adult readers and thrill seekers age 15 and above.

Cheryl Klam

Cheryl Klam

Ether World

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' website.

T. Michael Martin

T. Michael Martin

The End Games

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" produced by Vlogbrothers Hank and John Green. He and his wife reside in Indianapolis. Click to view Mr. Martin's website.


Set in nineteenth-century New England, this exquisite novel tests a woman’s love against her husband’s utopian quest and she must decide whether to live in the world her husband has made or escape to save her child and herself. Addressing the timeless issues of faith, art and the elusive dream of perfection, novelist Barbara Klein Moss has captured the fragility of human longing

Barbara Klein Moss Photo by Megan Evans Photography

Barbara Klein Moss

The Language of Paradise

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.


A wonderful line-up of children's book authors will be appearing at the Festival.

Zachary Fallon

Zachary O. Fallon

Diego Dilemma in the Cookie Conundrum

As an attorney for the federal government, examples of Zachary O. 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 website.

Debbie Levy

Debbie Levy

Dozer's Run

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. Click to view Ms. Levy's website.

Kate Milford

Kate Milford

Greenglass House

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.

Barbara Lockhart

Barbara Lockhart

Mosey's Field

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.

Joe Schreiber

Joe Schreiber

Game Over, Pete Watson

Joe 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.

Timothy Young

Timothy Young

The Angry Little Puffin

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.

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