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Saturday, April 6, 2019

2019 Authors

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Cathy Barrow is a freelance food writer, cooking teacher and food preservation expert. She writes the “Bring It” column in the Washington Post’s food section. Her first cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, won the prestigious IACP award for best single-subject cookbook in 2015. Ms. Barrow has written for the New York Times, Serious Eats, Garden & Gun, the Local Palate, Saveur, Southern Living, Food52, AllRecipes Magazine, NPR, and National Geographic, among others. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband and two rescued terriers.

Twitter:@CathyBarrow; Facebook:@CathyBarrow; Website:

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Peter Blauner is the author of eight novels, including Slow Motion Riot, winner of an Edgar Allan Poe award for best first novel from Mystery Writers of America, and The Intruder, a New York Times bestseller. He began his career as a journalist for New York magazine in the 1980s and segued into writing fiction in the 1990s. Mr. Blauner's short fiction has been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories and on Selected Shorts from Symphony Space. For the last ten years, he has written for several television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and the CBS series, Blue Bloods. His newest novel is Sunrise Highway. Mr. Blauner lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, author Peg Tyre.

Twitter: @peterblauner; Peter Blauner; Website:

Renee Brooks Catacalos, is the former publisher of Edible Chesapeake magazine and served as deputy director for Future Harvest-Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. She is currently a member of the steering team for the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, a regional food system initiative working to catalyze connections and collaborations that build a sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and equitable regional food system in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Twitter: @reneeeatslocal; Facebook: reneeeatslocal; Website:

Liv Constantine is the pen name of USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling authors and sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Separated by three states, they spend hours plotting via FaceTime and burning up each other's emails. They attribute their ability to concoct dark storylines to the hours they spent listening to tales handed down by their Greek grandmother. The Last Mrs. Parrish, a national bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine book club pick, is their debut thriller. Rights for The Last Mrs. Parrish have been sold in 22 countries around the world.

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Kevin Cowherd is the New York Times best-selling author of Hothead and five other baseball novels for young readers written with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. He has also written five books of non-fiction. His latest, When the Crowd Didn’t Roar: How Baseball’s Strangest Game Ever Gave a Broken City Hope, will be released in April. In vivid detail, it chronicles the historic baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox in locked-down Camden Yards–the only one in the history of the major league played without fans–played during the Freddie Gray riots that convulsed Baltimore in the spring of 2015. Mr. Cowherd was an award-winning sports and features columnist for the Baltimore Sun for 32 years and has also written for Men’s Health, Parenting and Baseball Digest magazines. A collection of his newspaper columns is titled Last Call at the 7-Eleven. He lives in northern Baltimore County with his wife.

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Christian Davenport covers the space and the defense industries, for the Washington Post, where he has worked as a reporter and editor since 2000. He has been on reporting teams that won a Peabody Award and were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize three times. Mr. Davenport is the author of two books, The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos and As You Were: To War and Back with the Black Hawk Battalion of the Virginia National Guard. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and three children.

Twitter: @wapodavenport

Timothy Denevi is the author of Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism and Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD. His essays on politics, sports and religion have recently appeared in the Paris Review, New York Magazine, Salon, the Normal School, and Literary Hub, where he serves as the nonfiction editor. Mr. Denevi received his MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa, and he has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He is an assistant professor at George Mason University and lives with his family near Washington, DC.

Twitter: @TimDenevi; Website:

Deborah Fallows is a linguist and writer who holds a Ph.D in theoretical linguistics and is the author of two previous books. She has written for the Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, the New York Times, and the Washington Monthly, and has worked at the Pew Research Center, Oxygen Media and Georgetown University. She and her husband have two sons and five grandchildren.

James Fallows has been a national correspondent for the Atlantic for more than thirty-five years, reporting from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, and across the United States. He is the author of eleven previous books. Mr. Fallows's work has also appeared in many other magazines and as public-radio commentaries since the 1980s. He has won a National Book Award and a National Magazine Award. For two years Mr. Fallows was President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter. &; Website:

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Photo Credit for James Fallows - Kyle Chesser

Kurt Fried is the author of Tooth Fairies and Jetpacks (illustrated by Patrick Meehan). He is an award-winning copywriter who especially enjoys writing about science and medicine, and he wants to encourage kids to develop a love for science, too. Mr. Fried received his MFA in creative writing from American University. Originally from Kansas, he now lives in New Jersey. Tooth Fairies and Jetpacks is his first book.

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Laura Gehl is the award-winning author of picture books with humor and heart, including One Big Pair of Underwear, the Peep and Egg series, My Pillow Keeps Moving, and I Got a Chicken for My Birthday. Delivery Bear, illustrated by Paco Sordo, is her most recent book. She lives in Chevy Chase, MD, with her husband and four children.

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Jo Giese is an award-winning radio journalist, author and former TV & radio reporter. As a special correspondent, she was part of the Peabody Award–winning team at "Marketplace," the most popular business program in America. At "Marketplace", Ms. Giese won an EMMA for Exceptional Radio Story from the National Women’s Political Caucus and a GRACIE from the Foundation of American Women in Radio. She has contributed to Ira Glass’s "This American Life" and is the author of A Woman’s Path and The Good Food Compendium. Ms. Giese has written for scores of publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, LA Weekly, European Travel & Life, and the Malibu Times. She lives in Southern California and Bozeman, MT, with her husband.


David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator and prize-winning author. He is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and adjunct professor of astrophysical and planetary science at the University of Colorado. Dr. Grinspoon’s writing has been published in such publications as Nature, Science, Slate, Scientific American, Natural History, Nautilus, Astronomy, Seed, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and Sky & Telescope Magazine where he is a contributing editor. His previous book Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Nonfiction.  Dr. Grinspoon has been a recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal for Public Communication of Planetary Science by the American Astronomical Society. He lectures widely, and appears frequently as a science commentator on television, radio and podcasts. He resides in Washington, DC, with his wife and dog.

Twitter:  @DrFunkySpoon; Facebook:; Website:

Michael Isikoff is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who joined Yahoo News in 2014 as chief investigative correspondent. He previously served as national investigative correspondent for NBC News and Newsweek magazine, and worked as a reporter for the Washington Post. Mr. Isikoff is the author of three New York Times best-selling books: Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on American and the Election of Donald Trump (co-author David Corn); Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (co-author David Corn); and Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter's Story, which chronicled his own reporting of the Monica Lewinsky story. In 2015, he wrote and produced Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays, a widely acclaimed documentary about the FBI’s “sex deviates” program that was screened at the National Archives and won an Edward R. Murrow award. Mr. Isikoff is also the co- host of the Yahoo News’ podcast, "Skullduggery: Scandals in the Trump Era." In 2009, he was named on a list of the 50 “Best and Most Influential Journalists" in the nation's capital by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Isikoff graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in 1974 and received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1976. Russian Roulette was named one of the Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2018.

Twitter: @isikoff

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania and director of its Annenberg Public Policy Center. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society and a distinguished scholar of the National Communication Association. Dr. Jamieson is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association. Her award-winning books include Packaging the Presidency, Eloquence in an Electronic Age, Spiral of Cynicism (with Joseph Cappella), and The Obama Victory (with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy).

Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game, The First Family Detail and The Secrets of the FBI. A former Wall Street Journal and Washington Post investigative reporter, Mr. Kessler has won eighteen journalism awards, including two George Polk awards: one for national reporting and one for community service. He was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Kessler lives in Potomac, MD, with his wife, Pamela Kessler, also an author and former Washington Post reporter.


Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning journalist and author of The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever – And What to Do About It. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Fortune, Mother Jones, New York Times, Parents, Slate, USA Today, Washington Post, and Working Mother. Ms. Lewis is an EWA Education Reporting Fellow and Logan Nonfiction Fellow, whose residencies include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale. A Harvard physics graduate, she previously worked as a national correspondent for Newhouse and Bloomberg News, covering everything from financial and media policy to the White House.

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Nell Painter is the Edwards Professor of American History, emerita, at Princeton University. Her acclaimed works of history include Standing at Armageddon, Sojourner Truth and the New York Times bestseller The History of White People, which have received widespread attention for their insights into how ideas of gender, value, hierarchy, and race have been historically viewed and translated. Ms. Painter holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her visual artwork has been shown at numerous galleries and in many collections, including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Gallery Aferro. She lives in Newark, NJ, and the Adirondacks.

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David Reichenbaugh is the author of In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, whose passion for law enforcement started at a very early age. He retired after serving for 23 years with the Maryland State Police as a lieutenant and barrack commander in Cumberland Maryland. Mr. Reichenbaugh's career started as a road trooper and continued on as a criminal investigator, undercover narcotics investigator, major violators supervisor, and homicide and high profile case investigator. Post 9/11, he served as operations commander for the Criminal Intelligence Division.

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Chloe Schwenke is an author, academic, human rights activist, feminist, and ethicist who serves as interim executive director of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. An openly transgender woman with extensive international experience in developing countries, Dr. Schwenke's career has focused on non-profit management, research, human rights program design, evaluation, advocacy, and writing. In 2013, she was named alumna of the year at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in 2013 and was the recipient of the National Center for Transgender Equality national award for public service.


Kathryn Schwille's fiction has appeared in New Letters, Memorious, Crazyhorse, West Branch, Sycamore Review, and other literary journals. Her stories have twice received special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. Ms. Schwille was an award-winning newspaper reporter before moving to North Carolina to become an editor at the Charlotte Observer. A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she lives with her husband in Charlotte, NC.

Instagram: @kathrynschwille; Website: 

Arjun Singh Sethi is a community activist, civil rights lawyer, writer, and law professor based in Washington, DC. He works closely with Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Sikh communities and advocates for racial justice at the local and national levels. Mr. Sethi's writing has appeared in the Guardian, Politico, USA Today, and the Washington Post, and he is featured regularly on national radio and television. He holds faculty appointments at Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School, and co-chairs the American Bar Association's National Committee on Homeland Security, Terrorism, and Treatment of Enemy Combatants.

Twitter: @arjunsethi81; Website:

Sother Teague is a professional bartender, the beverage director at New York bitters bar Amor y Amargo, and a co-founder of NYC charity pop-up bar Coup. He’s also the host of “Speakeasy” on Heritage Radio Network. Mr. Teague has been featured as a cocktail expert in several outlets including Esquire, the New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out, BuzzFeed, and more. In 2018, he was honored with Wine Enthusiast's "Mixologist of the Year" award. Mr. Teague's newest book is I'm Just Here for the Drinks


Brian VanDeMark teaches history at the U.S. Naval Academy, where, for more than twenty-five years, he has educated students about the Vietnam War. A Ph.D. graduate of UCLA and an elected visiting fellow at Oxford University, Dr. VanDeMark served as research assistant on Clark Clifford's best-selling autobiography, Counsel to the President: A Memoir. He also co-authored Robert McNamara's best-seller, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. A Texas native, he now lives in Maryland.