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Meet the 2020 Authors!

Diane Rehm is a native Washingtonian who began her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer for WAMU 88.5, the NPR member station in Washington, DC. In 1979, she began hosting WAMU’s local morning talk show, "Kaleidoscope," which was renamed "The Diane Rehm Show" in 1984. "The Diane Rehm Show" grew from a local program to one with international reach and a weekly on-air audience of more than 2.8 million. Ms. Rehm now has a weekly podcast "On My Mind" where she engages in conversation with newsmakers, writers, artists, and thinkers on the issues she cares about most. The podcast can be found on her website or iTunes. In 2010, Ms. Rehm won a Personal Peabody Award, considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media, for her more than 30 years in public broadcasting. She has been also named “Washingtonian of the Year,” and one of the “150 Most Influential People in Washington” by Washingtonian magazine. In 2011, Ms. Rehm received the Excellence in Journalism Award from the American News Women’s Club and the Voice Education Research Awareness (VERA) Award from the Voice Foundation for her sustained contributions to the field of voice communication. In 2014, President Barack Obama presented her with the National Humanities Medal. Ms. Rehm is the author of four best-selling autobiographical books: Finding My Voice, in which she describes her childhood, marriage, career, and voice disorder; Toward Commitment: A Dialogue about Marriage, a deeply personal book co-authored with her late husband, John Rehm; Life with Maxie, a lighthearted story about her dog; and On My Own, a moving story about the death of her husband of over 54 years, John Rehm, and her struggle to reconstruct her life without him. Diane Rehm lives in Washington D.C. In 2017, she married John Hagedorn, a retired Lutheran minister. She has two children and four grandchildren.

Peter Bergen is a journalist, documentary producer, vice president for global studies & fellows at New America, CNN national security analyst, professor of practice at Arizona State University, and the author or editor of eight books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and four of which were named among the best non-fiction books of the year by the Washington Post. The books have been translated into twenty-one languages. Documentaries based on his books have been nominated for two Emmys and also won the Emmy for best documentary. Mr. Bergen has testified on Capitol Hill eighteen times about national security issues.

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Margaret L. Andersen is the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor Emerita at the University of Delaware. An expert on race and gender inequality, she is the author of several books, including her latest: Getting Smart about Race: An American Conversation. Dr. Andersen is the past-vice president of the American Sociological Association; past president of the Eastern Sociological Society; and emerita member of the Stanford University Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. She has won various prestigious awards, including the American Sociological Association’s Jessie Bernard Award, given for expanding the boundaries of sociology to include women. She and her husband live in Elkton and Oxford, MD.

Twitter: @andersen_mla; Facebook:; Website: Margaret L. Anderson, Ph.D
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Cathy Barrow is the IACP award-winning author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving and the James Beard Award-nominated Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies, as well as When Pies Fly: Handmade Pastries from Strudels to Stromboli, Empanadas to Knishes. She writes the “Bring It” column in the Food section of the Washington Post and she has been published in the New York Times, Saveur, Serious Eats, Food52, the Local Palate, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, NPR, and National Geographic. Ms. Barrow believes in the power of home cooking and the stories that connect us to food, culture, home, friends, and family. She lives in Frederick, MD, with her husband and two rescued terriers.

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James B. Conroy is an elected fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and practices law in Boston. His first book, Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865, was a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Lincoln Prize, which recognizes the year’s best book on Lincoln. His second, Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime, won both the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s book award. Peter Onuf, the University of Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson Professor of History Emeritus, calls Mr. Conroy’s third book, Jefferson’s White House: Monticello on the Potomac, an “ambitious, enlightening and brilliantly realized project.”.

Julie Hirschfeld Davis is the congressional editor at the New York Times and deputy Washington editor. She has covered politics and policy from Washington for twenty-two years. She joined the Times in 2014 as a White House correspondent after stints at Bloomberg News, the Associated Press, the Baltimore Sun, and Congressional Quarterly. She won the 2009 Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress. Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration is her first book.

Twitter: @juliehdavis; Website:
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Michael D. Shear is a White House correspondent in the New York Times Washington bureau, where he covers President Trump. A veteran political correspondent, before coming to the Times in 2010, he spent eighteen years writing about local, state and national politics at the Washington Post, where he was also part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that covered the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007.

Twitter: @shearm; Website:
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John Duffy is a clinical psychologist, bestselling author, podcaster, and parenting and relationship expert. He is the author of the number-one bestselling Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety and The Available Parent. Dr. Duffy appears frequently on national and local television and radio outlets and is cited regularly in national print and online publications. He is cohost of a popular podcast, "better.," with his wife Julie, as well as "On Purpose" with Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens.

Twitter: @drjohnduffy; Facebook:; Website:
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Tope Folarin is a Nigerian-American writer based in Washington, DC. He won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013 and was shortlisted once again in 2016. Mr. Folarin was also recently named to the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under forty. He serves as vice president of content and storytelling at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and as chair of the board of trustees of the Institute for Policy Studies. Mr. Folarin was educated at Morehouse College and the University of Oxford, where he earned two master's degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. His debut novel is A Particular Kind of Black Man.

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Chris Formant is a student of history. This novelist is a former top executive of a multi-billion-dollar global business and now a technology company CEO. Mr. Formant is an unlikely author of historical fiction, but the heroic story of Maryland’s Forgotten 400 drove him to assemble an expert team to help him conduct painstaking research and then write his highly anticipated second book, Saving Washington. His debut novel, Bright Midnight, received lavish praise and has been dubbed the “Da Vinci Code for rock and roll fans.” Mr. Formant divides his time between Baltimore and Sedona, AZ.

Twitter: @cmformant; Facebook: facebook/authorchrisformant; Website:

Helen Fremont is the author of the national bestseller After Long Silence: A Memoir. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including the O. Henry Prize Stories, Ploughshares and the Harvard Review. A graduate Wellesley College, Boston University School of Law, and the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Ms. Fremont has been a teaching fellow at both the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Radcliffe Institute. She was a scholar in the Women’s Studies Research Center Scholars Program at Brandeis University, and worked as a public defender in Boston, where she lives with her wife.

Twitter: @HelenFremont; Facebook:; Website:
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Paul Goldberger is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He began his career at the New York Times, where he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism for his writing on architecture. Later, and for fifteen years, Mr. Goldberger was architecture critic for the New Yorker. He is the author of many books, most recently Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry and Why Architecture Matters. He teaches at the New School and lectures widely around the country on architecture, design, historic preservation, and cities. He and his wife live in New York City.

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Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto. In college, she spent a summer as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage, which seeded the idea for her first novel, Secret Daughter. It was a New York Times and #1 international bestseller, was translated into over 30 languages, and shortlisted for the South African Boeke Literary Prize. Her second novel, The Golden Son, was a #1 international bestseller and was awarded the French literary prize, Prix des Lyceens Folio. Her first two novels have sold over two million copies worldwide, and her third novel, The Shape of Family, was published in October 2019 in Canada, where it became an instant bestseller. It will be released in the USA on March 17, 2020. Ms. Gowda holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain scholar. She has served on the advisory board of the Children's Defense Fund, and is a patron of Childhaven International, the organization for which she volunteered in India. Ms. Gowda lives in California with her husband and children.

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Garrett M. Graff, a distinguished magazine journalist and bestselling historian, covers politics, technology and national security. An Annapolis Book Festival favorite, he leads the Aspen Institute’s cyber and technology program, and is a contributor to Wired and CNN, and previously edited both Washingtonian and Politico Magazine. Mr. Graff is the author of multiple books, including the national bestseller The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11, as well as The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI, and Raven Rock, about the government’s Cold War Doomsday plans. The Only Plane in the Sky was named one of the Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Non-Fiction 2019!

Twitter: @vermontgmg; Website:

B. Janet Hibbs is a recognized authority on family issues, with a focus on parent-child and partner relationships. After watching her own college student struggle with mental health, she worked with Dr. Anthony Rostain to help him. She and Dr. Rostain subsequently wrote The Stressed Years of Their Lives as a guide for parents of college students who want to help support their kids’ mental health. Dr. Hibbs’s combined academic, clinical and commercial writing backgrounds blend seamlessly in engaging public and professional talks. Her presentations draw on twenty-five years of expert clinical experience treating individuals, couples and families, and she provides effective strategies for coping with the many issues–including stress–that parents and students face. Dually licensed as a psychologist and family therapist, Dr. Hibbs holds the highest credential in the marriage and family therapy field, as an Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.


Anthony Rostain is chair of psychiatry at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, NJ, where he is professor of psychiatry and pediatrics. He is also emeritus professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Rostain's clinical focus is “lifespan neurodevelopmental psychiatry,” which includes caring for patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette Syndrome, learning disabilities, and related social-emotional learning disorders. At Rowan, he is chief of psychiatry and behavioral health and oversees all clinical, education and research activities of the department. Dr. Rostain is also an attending psychiatrist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he is co-director of the Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Service, and at Penn Medicine Behavioral Health where he is medical director of the Adult Neurodevelopmental Disorders Unit which includes the Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and the Adult Social Learning Disorders Program. He is the former co-chair of the Education Committee of the American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) and was president of APSARD from 2011-2016. Dr. Rostain has co-authored two books on adult ADHD (with J. Russell Ramsay) entitled The Adult ADHD Tool Kit: Using CBT to Facilitate Coping Inside and Out, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach. He is also co-author (with B. Janet Hibbs) of The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years.


Laura Kamoie, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction, has always been fascinated by the people, stories and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from the College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of associate professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing fiction. Ms. Kamoie is the author of America's First Daughter, My Dear Hamilton and Ribbons of Scarlet, allowing her the exciting opportunity to combine her love of history with her passion for storytelling. She lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis with her husband and two daughters.

Twitter: @laurakayeauthor; Facebook:; Website:

Alec Karakatsanis is a former public defender and the founder of Civil Rights Corps, an organization designed to challenge systemic injustice in the criminal legal system. He was named the 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice and was awarded the Stephen B. Bright Award for contributions to indigent defense in the South by Gideon’s Promise. Mr. Karakatsanis is interested in ending human caging, surveillance, the death penalty, immigration laws, war, and inequity. The author of Unusual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System, he lives in Washington, DC.

Twitter: @equalityAlec, @CivRightsCorps; Website:
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Angie Kim is the author of the national bestseller, debut novel Miracle Creek. She has been named one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Storytellers to Watch” and Miracle Creek has been named one of the Best Books of 2019 by Kirkus and Amazon. Ms. Kim has written for Vogue, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Glamour, Salon, and Slate. She moved from Seoul to Baltimore as a preteen, and attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. A former trial lawyer, Ms. Kim now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons. Miracle Creek was named one of the Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2019 and Ms. Kim is a nominee for a 2020 Edgar Award given by the Mystery Writers of America.

Twitter: @AngieKimWriter; Facebook:; Website:

Jennifer Klepper is the USA Today bestselling author of Unbroken Threads. A Midwest native, she made stops in Dallas, Charlottesville and Boston before settling for good in Maryland. While she has an appreciation for the expansive beauty of the plains states, she hopes never to live landlocked again. Ms. Klepper attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Virginia School of Law—her law degree guiding her through the worlds of corporate law, tech startups and court advocacy for foster children. She lives near Annapolis with her husband and two children.

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Iris Krasnow is the author of Surrendering to Motherhood, the New York Times bestseller Surrendering to Marriage, Surrendering to Yourself, I Am My Mother's Daughter, The Secret Lives of Wives, Sex After..., and her newest title, Camp Girls: Fireside Lessons in Friendship, Courage and Loyalty. She has been a guest on numerous national television and radio programs including Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show and All Things Considered. Ms. Krasnow is a longtime journalism and gender studies professor at American University, and lives in Annapolis with her husband of 33 years. 

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Julie Langsdorf is the author of short stories and essays which have appeared in Poets and Writers, Lit Hub and Electric Literature among other publications. White Elephant was named an editors’ choice by the New York Times, a book not to miss by USA Today, a highly anticipated debut novel by the LA Times, a best new book by Southern Living Magazine, and a Real Simple best book of 2019. She has two children and lives in Washington, DC.

Twitter: @julielangsdorf; Facebook: @julielangsdorfauthor
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Megan Wagner Lloyd is the author of the picture books Finding Wild, Fort-Building Time, Building Books, and Paper Mice (illustrated by Phoebe Wahl). Her debut middle grade graphic novel Allergic will be released in 2021 by Graphix/Scholastic. She lives with her family in the Washington, DC, area.

Twitter: @mwl_author; Website:

Tom LoBianco is a longtime reporter who has covered Mike Pence from the Indiana statehouse to the White House for the Associated Press, CNN and the Indianapolis Star. He is a regular political analyst on national television and radio, including CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, NPR, and more. In more than a decade covering politics, Mr. LoBianco has unearthed scores of stunning stories. He lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and daughter.

Twitter: @tomlobianco; Website:
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Suzanne Loudermilk (on left) is a freelance writer who previously worked as a reporter and restaurant reviewer for the Baltimore Sun and as the food and travel editor of Baltimore magazine. She is an adjunct professor at Towson University in the mass communication department.

Kit Waskom Pollard (on right) is a freelance writer and research analyst who has written about food and restaurants for numerous local publications, including the Baltimore Sun. She writes restaurant reviews and an event column for the website Baltimore Fishbowl.


Steve Luxenberg is a Washington Post associate editor and author of the award-winning Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret. His new 2019 book, Separate, has garnered several honors. The New York Times named it an Editors’ Choice and a Notable Book of 2019. Amazon selected it as one of the Best Books of 2019 for History. It won the J. Anthony Lukas Award for excellence in nonfiction, and was longlisted for the 2019 Cundill History Prize, an international award recognizing the best history writing in English. Mr. Luxenberg's newspaper career began at the Baltimore Sun, and Baltimore has been his home since 1974.

Twitter: @SLuxenberg; Facebook: Luxenberg; Website: 
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Marty Makary is a New York Times bestselling author, a gastrointestinal surgeon at Johns Hopkins, and a professor of health policy. His book The Price We Pay takes on the high cost of health care and reveals how individuals and businesses can get a better deal on their health care. Described by Steve Forbes as “a must-read for every American” and a “deep dive into the real issues driving up the cost of health care” by Dr. Don Berwick, The Price We Pay is The Big Short of American medicine. Dr. Makary is a frequent medical guest on NBC and FOX News and and writies for the Wall Street Journal. He currently serves as executive director of Improving Wisely, a national physician collaboration to reduce unnecessary medical care and is the founder of Restoring Medicine, an advocacy effort to help people who can’t afford their medical bills. Dr. Makary has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and named one of America’s 20 most influential people in health care by Health Leaders magazine. His book Unaccountable was turned into the hit TV series The Resident

Tony Massenburg (on left) is the only University of Maryland Terrapin to play basketball for Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Coaches Charles “Lefty” Driesell and Gary Williams, as well as trailblazing Coach Bob Wade. He is a record-setting NBA World Champion and a Maryland business owner. Mr. Massenburg is a color analyst for Monumental Sports & Entertainment, covering the Capital City GoGo of the NBA G-League, and a television analyst for NBC Sports Washington, covering the Washington Wizards and the NBA.

Twitter: @LessonsFromLen, @TonyMassenburg; Facebook: and Lenny; Website:
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Walt Williams (on right) is one of the most dominant and versatile stars in the history of basketball at the University of Maryland. He was an All-American and the seventh pick in the NBA draft where he played eleven seasons before beginning his post-playing career as a financial advisor. Mr. Williams is also a sideline reporter for the Maryland Sports Radio Network and a member of the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame, the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame, and the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Twitter: @LessonsFromLen, @WaltTheWizard42; Facebook: Lenny; Website:
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John McNamara (on far left) was a staff writer and award-winning journalist for the Annapolis Capital newspaper who spent over 30 years covering local, college and professional sports. He reported on everything from state high school basketball championships to the Final Four. Mr. McNamara was one of five employees of the Annapolis Capitol gunned down in a mass shooting at the newspaper on June 28, 2018. Among many other honors, he was among Time Magazine's Persons of the Year for 2018

Andrea Chamblee (contributor, on far left) is a sought-after speaker for groups of all sizes in her agency, her profession, in the gun violence prevention community, and in the general media. Her appearances have sold out local venues and broken records for local TV affiliates. Ms. Chamblee has spoken to small and large groups and has sold out audiences of hundreds or more at her professional annual meetings and at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. She teaches smaller classes of 10 to 16 students.

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David Elfin (co-author, on right) has called Washington, DC, home since 1965 and has covered the city's teams for most of the last four-plus decades. The former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, Mr. Elfin has written seven books on Washington sports before The Capital of Basketball and serves on the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Lulu Miller is the co-founder of the NPR program "Invisibilia," a series about the unseen forces that control human behavior. Before creating "Invisibilia," she produced "Radiolab" for five years and was a reporter on the NPR science desk. Ms. Miller has a M.F.A. from the University of Virginia on a Poe-Faulkner Fellowship.

Twitter: @lmillernpr
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Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning journalist and internationally-recognized speaker whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology and human emotion. Her forthcoming book, The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine, illuminates the newly-understood role of microgli--an elusive type of brain cell capable of Jekyll and Hyde behavior. Ms. Jackson Nakazawa's other books include Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology and How You Can Heal, The Last Best Cure, and The Autoimmune Epidemic. Her writing has been published in the Washington Post, Health AffairsParenting, AARP Magazine, Glamour, and elsewhere. She blogs for Psychology Today and HuffPost and has appeared on the Today Show, National Public Radio, NBC News, and ABC News. She has received the international AESKU Award for her written contributions to the field of immunity, as well as the National Health Information Award, which recognizes the nation’s best magazine articles on health. She lives with her family in Maryland.

Twitter: @DonnaJackNak; Facebook: facebook/donnajacksonnakazawaauthor Website:
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Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her collection Be with Me Always was published in 2019, and her lyric essay chapbook Devotional was published in 2017. Ms. Noble's work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, listed as Notable in The Best American Essays, and appeared in the "Modern Love" column of the New York Times, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Currently she is editing an anthology of lyric essays forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in 2021, and she is the founding editor of the online literary journal After the Art.

Twitter: @RandonNoble; Facebook:; Website:
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Anand K. Parekh, a board-certified internal medicine physician, is the chief medical advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. Previously, he completed a decade of service at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a deputy assistant secretary for health from 2008 to 2015, Dr. Parekh developed and implemented national initiatives focused on prevention, wellness and care management.

Twitter: @aparekhbpc
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Stanton Peele has been a pioneering figure in the addiction field since the publication of his book, Love and Addiction, in 1975. He has anticipated every major development in addiction over the last half century, including that addiction is not limited to drugs, that most people recover from even the most severe addictions on their own, the social causation of addiction, and the normalization of drug use and universality of addictive experiences, meaning that there is no distinct disease of addiction and no isolated group of “addicts.” Dr. Peele is the founder of the online addiction coaching service, the Life Process Program.

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Zach Powersis the author of the novel First Cosmic Velocity and the story collection Gravity Changes. His work has been featured by American Short Fiction, Lit Hub, Tin House, and elsewhere. He is director of communications at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD.

Twitter: @Z_Powers; Website:

Lia Purpura is the author of nine collections of essays, poems, translations, and artist’s books, most recently, Rough Likeness (essays) and It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (poems). Her awards include Guggenheim, NEA and Fulbright Fellowships as well as four Pushcart Prizes. On Looking (essays) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Baltimore and is writer in residence at UMBC.

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Deborah Reber is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker who moved her career in a more personal direction in 2016 when she founded TiLT Parenting, a top podcast, community and educational resource for parents like her who are raising differently wired children. Ms. Reber's newest book is Differently Wired: A Parent’s Guide to Raising an Atypical Child with Confidence and Hope. In November 2018, she spoke at TEDxAmsterdam, delivering a talk entitled "Why the Future Will Be Differently Wired." Ms. Reber lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.

Twitter: @tiltparenting; Facebook:; Website:
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Jason Redman is a retired naval officer and U.S. Navy SEAL. He is the founder and spokesperson of the nonprofit organization Wounded Wear and the author of the memoir The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Officer. Lieutenant Redman's newest book is Overcome: Crush Adversity with the Leadership Techniques of America's Toughest Warriors. He has appeared on numerous national news networks including Fox News, CBS, CNN, and CBN and has appeared in multiple documentaries including the History Channel’s "Navy SEALs, America’s Secret Warriors." Lieutenant Redman lives in Virginia with his wife and three children.

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Dylan Roche is an Annapolis-based novelist, journalist and playwright whose first novel, The Purple Bird, debuted in March 2019. His feature writing has been published by local, regional and national publications, and his hands-on community work includes serving on the boards of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, and Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre among others. When Mr. Roche isn't writing, he can often be found in rehearsal for a play or training for his next marathon.

Twitter: @DylanIsWriting; Website:
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Elizabeth Schneider is a certified sommelier, certified specialist of wine, and the creator of the podcast "Wine for Normal People." After graduating from Wesleyan University (CT) and starting her career in Boston, she realized her heart was more in her wine hobby than her high-tech job. Ms. Schneider took a course at the Boston Center for Adult Education to learn how to taste and appreciate wine and completed her M.B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since then her career has been solely about wine. She lives with her husband and podcast partner, M.C. Ice, in Raleigh-Durham, NC.

Twitter: @NormalWine; Facebook:; Website:
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Rion Amilcar Scott is the award-winning author of the story collection, The World Doesn't Require You. His debut story collection, Insurrections, was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Mr. Scott's work has been published in journals such as the New Yorker, the Kenyon Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. The World Doesn't Require You was named one of the Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction 2019. In addition, Mr. Scott is on the short list of nominees for 2020 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award.

P.W. Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at New America. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, and as an official “Mad Scientist” for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Dr. Singer's award winning books include Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, Children at War, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, and Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War. His latest book is LikeWar (co-author Emerson T. Brooking), which explores how social media has changed war and politics. It was named an Amazon book of the year and a New YorkTimes “new and notable.” Booklist stated that “LikeWar should be required reading for everyone living in a democracy and all who aspire to.” His next book, out in May, is Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution.

Twitter: @peterwsinger; Website:

D. Watkins is editor-at-large for Salon. He holds a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Watkins is a college lecturer at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America and The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir. His newest book is We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America. He is from and lives in Baltimore.

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Ben Westhoff is an award-winning investigative journalist who writes about culture, drugs and poverty. His books are taught around the country and have been translated into languages all over the world. His new book Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic is the highly-acclaimed, first book about fentanyl, which is causing the worst drug crisis in American history. Since the book’s publication, Mr. Westhoff has advised top government officials on the fentanyl crisis, including from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the U.S. State Department. He lives in St. Louis.

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Chris Wilson lives in Baltimore and works as a visual artist and a social justice advocate. Through his work, he investigates societal injustices, human relationships and public policies. Mr. Wilson's artwork is collected and displayed internationally. He is also the founder of the Chris Wilson Foundation, which supports social entrepreneurs and prison education, including re-entry and financial literacy for returning citizens, as well as art-related programs. The Master Plan was named one of Baltimore magazine's Favorite Books of 2019!


Joe Yonan is the Food and Dining editor of the Washington Post, supervising food coverage in the features department. He is the author of the new cookbook Cool Beans, the editor of America the Great Cookbook, and has written two other cookbooks, Eat Your Vegetables and Serve Yourself. He writes the Post's "Weeknight Vegetarian" column.

Twitter: @JoeYonan; Website:
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Timothy Young always wondered as a child who made the toys he played with, who wrote and illustrated the books he read, and who made the cartoons he watched. He grew up to be one of the people who got to do all of them. Mr. Young's career has included being the head modelmaker for the Penny cartoons on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, building Muppets for Jim Henson, and sculpting the first Simpsons toys. He is the author/illustrator of eleven books including I Hate Picture Books!, If You Give the Puffin a Muffin, and his newest, the unusually titled Untitled.

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