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Meet the 2020 Authors!

The 2020 Festival has been cancelled but several authors reached out to share messages and links to discussions about their books with the Community.

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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 www.dianerehm.org 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.

Moderator - Bethanne Patrick  is a writer, author and critic whose monthly column on hot books appears in the Washington Post. Her work can also be found in the Los Angeles Times, at NPR Books, Poets & Writers magazine, and others. A board member of PEN/Faulkner, Ms.Patrick is working on a memoir for Counterpoint Press. A Festival favorite, she lives in Northern Virginia with her family, and too many books.

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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.

Website: www.peterbergen.com
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Michael Bobelian is an award-winning author, lawyer and journalist who covers the Supreme Court, politics and legal affairs for Forbes.com. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Monthly and American Lawyer magazine. Mr. Bobelian's media appearances include C-Span, NPR and dozens of television shows, radio programs and podcasts. A graduate of the University of Michigan Business and Law schools, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he is a recipient of multiple fellowships and grants. In 2013, Columbia selected one of his articles as one of the school’s “100 Great Stories.”

Twitter: @mbobelian; Website: www.michaelbobelian.com
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Ruth Marcus is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post and deputy editor of the editorial page. She has covered every major institution in Washington, including the Supreme Court, the White House, and Congress, and has written about judicial confirmation battles stretching back to Robert Bork in 1987. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, Ms. Marcus was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary in 2007.

Twitter: @RuthMarcus
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Moderator - Harriet Cooperman is a partner with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, representing businesses in labor and employment law and litigation. She is a graduate of Cornell University and University of Maryland School of Law. Ms. Cooperman is chair of the Maryland State Higher Education Labor Relations Board. She taught employment discrimination and labor law at the University of Baltimore Law School, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Recently she was named to the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys-Top 100 Hall of Fame by Human Resources Executive.

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: tomlobianco.com
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Moderator - Nathan Pippenger is an assistant professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he teaches courses in the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, and American politics. He specializes in the political theory of democracy, citizenship and nationalism, as well as in American political thought. His recent scholarship includes work on the political thought of Frederick Douglass, and he is currently writing a book on contemporary controversies of American citizenship. His reporting and essays have appeared in the New Republic, Commonweal, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.

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.

Website: www.d-watkins.com
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Moderator - The Honorable Darryl Barnes represents the 25th Legislative District in the Maryland House of Delegates after years of service in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. Serving his second term in Annapolis, Delegate Barnes is the deputy majority whip, assistant speaker pro tem, and 2nd vice chair of the Prince George’s County Delegation. In his first term, he was unanimously selected as the chair of the Legislative Black Caucus where he leads a membership of 58 legislators while championing issues affecting African-Americans across the state of Maryland. Prior to his election, Delegate Barnes established himself as a successful businessman, community advocate, and veteran. With over 20 years of entrepreneurship experience in the information technology and sports agency space, he founded what is now one of the premier nonprofits in Prince George’s County. His grassroots organization, Men Aiming Higher mobilizes at-risk young men through educational tutoring,leadership training, mentoring programs, and community service projects. Delegate Barnes resides in Prince George’s County with his wife and their two sons.

Room 1: Katharine Hall
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration
Authors: Julie Herschfeld Davis & Michael D. Shear

Moderator: John Beed

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: www.borderwarsbook.com
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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: www.borderwarsbook.com
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Moderator - John Beed is the chief partnership officer for LifeRamp, a next generation life coaching and career mentoring hub for college students and young professionals. A former senior U.S. diplomat who led innovative global development, education and health programs across the Americas, Asia, and Africa, he was the USAID mission director in Guatemala, India and Paraguay, and the U.S. development counselor in Japan. Mr. Beed also was on the faculty at the National Defense University, and is a former Congressional staff member. He is a graduate of Tulane University and lives in Annapolis with his wife and son.

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

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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Moderator - Shannon Brownlee is senior vice president of the Lown Institute. She and Lown Institute president Dr. Vikas Saini are co-founders of the Right Care Alliance, a network of activist patients, clinicians and community leaders devoted to organizing a broad-based movement for a radically better health care system. Before joining the Lown Institute, Ms. Brownlee served as acting director of the health policy program at the New America Foundation. As a senior fellow at New America, she published the groundbreaking book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, which was named the best economics book of 2007 by the New York Times. Ms. Brownlee was a senior writer at US News and World Report and Discover Magazine, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Congressional Commendation, and was named one of “four writers who changed the world” by the World Congress of Science Journalists. Her stories and essays have appeared in such publications as the Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Times of London, Time, New Republic, Los Angeles Times and the Lancet. Ms. Brownlee is a nationally recognized speaker, has been featured in several documentary films, and has appeared on such broadcast outlets as the ABC World News, Good Morning America, Fox News, NPR, and the Diane Rehm Show, and is quoted regularly in the press.

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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Lupita Aquino is better known as Lupita Reads. She is a columnist for the Washington Independent Review of Books and the co-founder of LIT on H St. Book Club at Solid State Books. She is a passionate reader active in both the local and online book community through her Instagram blog, @Lupita.Reads.

Instagram: Lupita.Reads
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Jessica Davis is a busy mom and an avid reader. She rediscovered her love of reading after her daughter was born four years ago. In 2018, Ms. Davis started her popular Instagram account, @booksandmargs, to discuss all things books and cocktails. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and currently lives in Silver Spring, MD, with her husband and daughter.

Instagram: booksandmargs

Chelsea Humphrey is a ravenous reader whose love of mysteries began with her first Nancy Drew novel. When she’s not reading, you can find her traveling with her husband and children.

Instagram & Twitter: @suspensethrill
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Moderator - 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.

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: www.pwsinger.com

Moderator - Jeffrey Wells is the director of Cybersecurity Consulting, co-chair of the Data, Privacy, and Cybersecurity practice, and an adjunct member of Government and Regulatory Affairs practice at Clark Hill, PLC. He is a renowned cybersecurity advisor responsible for keeping organizations safe and protecting the privacy of employees around the world. Recently, Mr. Wells led a joint inter-agency task force countering transregional organized cyber-crime and violent extremism while addressing current and emerging risks impacting national security, commerce and critical infrastructure.

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Room 2: Barn Commons
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Outgrowing Addiction: With Common Sense Instead of "Disease" Therapy (co-author Zach Rhoads)
Author: Stanton Peele

Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic
Author: Ben Westhoff

Moderator: Jessie Dunleavy

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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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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Moderator - Jessie Dunleavy is an advocate for drug policy reform. In opposition to the war on drugs, she champions policies based on human rights and scientific research and is committed to combat stigma and other impediments to reducing the harms of drug use. In addition to Ms. Dunleavy's memoir—the story of her son’s life and preventable death—she lends her voice through opinion editorials, speaking engagements, broadcast interviews, and social media. She has joined forces with like-minded groups, national and local, including the Drug Policy Alliance and the Maryland Harm Reduction Action Network. Certified by the Maryland State Department of Health as a master presenter on the stages of change and harm reduction, Ms. Dunleavy also advocates within the Maryland General Assembly. With a master’s degree in library and information science, she spent forty years as an educator, the last thirty of which were at The Key School. Her memoir, Cover My Dreams in Ink, will be released in May 2020. 

Website: jessiedunleavy.com
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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.

Twitter: @JasonRedmanWW; Facebook: facebook.com/jasonredmanww; Website: jasonredman.com/
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Moderator - Jack Ryan is a 1999 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a retired Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer. He served in a variety of operational and combat positions around the world during his career. LCDR Ryan transitioned to a permanent teaching position in the Naval Academy's English department in 2011 and retired last year. He currently owns and operates Fairwinds CrossFit in Annapolis.

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: facebook.com/TonyMassenburg and facebook.com/LessonsFrom Lenny; Website: www.www.lessonsfromlenny.com.com
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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: facebook.com/LessonsFrom Lenny; Website: www.www.lessonsfromlenny.com.com
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Moderator - Brian Boyd is the athletic director and Upper School humanities teacher at Key School, where he has worked for 19 years. He was a three-sport athlete at the University of Chicago and believes wholeheartedly that athletics offer life lessons that are not always available in other walks of life. Mr.Boyd has a passion for basketball, spending the early part of his career working for the USBL's Florida Sharks and Gulfcoast Sundogs. Speaking to great players like Walt Williams and Tony Massenburg about the impact of the life of Len Bias will certainly be a highlight of his career.

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 2018Andrea 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. 

John McNamara & Andrea Chamblee--Twitter: @AndreaChamblee; Facebook: facebook.com/AuthorJohnMcNamara; Photo Credit: Courtesy of Andrea Chamblee

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.

David Elfin--Twitter: @davidelfin; Website: press.georgetown.edu; Photo Credit: Patrice Gilbert

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.

Website: www.thestressedyears.com

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.

Website: www.thestressedyears.com
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Moderator - Margo J. Collins has spent her career telling the story of worthy causes in order to enable them to continue their important efforts with the necessary resources to do that work. She is chief development & marketing officer at Active Minds, the nation's leading nonprofit promoting mental health for young adults. Before Active Minds, Ms. Collins served as the vice president of development & communications for the Grameen Foundation, and, before that, as director of development, campaigns for the United Nations Foundation, guiding the fundraising and donor communication programs of the Shot@Life, Girl Up and Nothing But Nets campaigns. The first half of her career was spent as a vice president at CCS, one of the largest strategic development consulting firms in the industry. Ms. Collins and her husband reside in Washington, DC.

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: donnajacksonnakazawa.com
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Moderator - Sarah Judd has been an educator for more than 30 years, working specifically as a learning specialist since 1995. She joined the faculty of the Key School in 2006, where she currently works as the Middle School Learning Specialist and serves as a Learning Department Head. With a deep interest in brain research and its implications for Ms. Judd's work with her students, she is an ardent fan of Donna Jackson Nakazawa's work.

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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: facebook.com/gettingsmartaboutrace; Website: Margaret L. Anderson, Ph.D
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Moderator - Jenifer Moore is the director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Key School. She has served children of Washington, DC, since 2003 as a teacher, tutor and school leader. Ms. Moore earned a master’s degree from Trinity Washington, DC, in educational administration and a bachelor’s degree from Howard University. She is a native Washingtonian with a love for learning, a deep connection to the community, and a hunger to disrupt inequity in education. She believes that if education is to be the Great Equalizer, it must be rooted in equity and inclusion. Ms. Moore is a wife and a mom of one daughter and two sons.

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.”

 

Moderator - Colleen Shogan is the senior vice president and director of the David Rubenstein Center for White House History at the White House Historical Association. She previously held several senior management positions at the Library of Congress. Dr. Shogan is also the vice chair of the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission. A political scientist by training, she teaches American politics at Georgetown and lives in Arlington, VA.

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: facebook.com/angie.kim.va; Website: www.angiekimbooks.com

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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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: zachpowers.com

Moderator - Bethanne Patrick  is a writer, author and critic whose monthly column on hot books appears in the Washington Post. Her work can also be found in the Los Angeles Times, at NPR Books, Poets & Writers magazine, and others. A board member of PEN/Faulkner, Ms.Patrick is working on a memoir for Counterpoint Press. A Festival favorite, she lives in Northern Virginia with her family, and too many books.

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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: facebook.com/Steve Luxenberg; Website: steveluxenberg.com 
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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: facebook.com/Dr.-John-Duffy; Website: drjohnduffy.com
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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: facebook.com/debbiereber; Website: www.debbiereber.com
Photo Credit: Kip Beelman

Moderator - Chelsea Haverly is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C) and is the CEO of Hope Ignited Training and the co-founder of Anchored Hope Therapy. She has worked in an array of business environments and manages a thriving psychotherapy private practice in Annapolis. Ms. Haverly specializes in trauma-informed organizational change management, creating safe and secure work environments and managing complex change at the personal, professional and interpersonal levels. She has clinical and training expertise in brain-based and body-focused interventions for survivors of complex trauma and is a state-wide trainer on this topic.

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
Photo Credit: Kristen Finn

Moderator - Kara McGuirk-Allison is an award-winning public radio and podcast producer living in Annapolis. From public radio stations, to NPR, to podcasting, she has over 25 years of experience in storytelling, production and journalism. Ms. McGuirk-Allison most recent work includes NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast as a founding producer, and a solo podcasting project called The Ghost In My Room. She is the creator of Podcasting 101, a summer camp held at the Key School for teenagers. She hosts the newly-formed Annapolis chapter of the Podcast Brunch Club and is the executive producer of Platform Media LLC.

Photo Credit: Ana Fallon Photography

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: facebook.com/randon.noble; Website: www.randonbillingsnoble.com
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Randon Billings Noble

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.

Website: www.liapurpura.com
Photo Credit: John Dean

Moderator - Richard Peabody wears many literary hats as a poet, writer, editor, teacher, and publisher. He was born in Washington, DC, raised in Bethesda, MD, and now lives in Arlington, VA. Mr. Peabody taught fiction writing at Johns Hopkins University for fifteen years and his Gargoyle Magazine, which was founded 1976, will release issue 71 in March. He has edited or co-edited twenty-six anthologies including Mondo Barbie and A Different Beat. A new poetry volume, Guinness on the Quay, was published last year by Salmon Poetry in Ireland.

Photo Credit: Pen Parentis

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.

Twitter: @shilpigowda; Facebook: facebook.com/ssgowda; Website: www.shilpigowda.com
Photo Credit: Stacy Bostrom Photography

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.

Facebook: facebook.com/JenniferKlepperAuthor; Website: www.jenniferklepper.com

Moderator - Audrey Wu Clark is an associate professor of English at the United States Naval Academy. Her work focuses on Asian American literature, African American literature, critical race theory, and twentieth-century American literature.

Photo Credit: Charles Clark

Room 4: Science and Library Center, Library
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and the Battle of Brooklyn
Author: Chris Formant

Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution's Women (co-authors Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Heather Webb)
Author: Laura Kamoie

Moderator: Robert McCarthy

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: www.chrisformant.com/

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: facebook.com/Laurakamoieauthor; Website: www.laurakamoie.com

Moderator - Robert McCarthy came to the Key School in 2002, after teaching philosophy at Boston University and other schools. He chairs the Upper School humanities department and teaches English, history, philosophy, economics, and film.

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: www.civilrightscorps.org
Photo Credit: Civil Rights Corps

Moderator - Sonia Kumar is the senior staff attorney for the ACLU of Maryland with a strong interest in issues at the intersection of criminal justice, poverty and racial and gender equity. Before becoming a staff member in 2013, she spent several years as a fellow at the ACLU, advocating for reduced incarceration and fair treatment of girls in the Maryland juvenile justice system. Ms. Kumar began at the ACLU in 2002 as legal program associate after graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Maryland. She left to attend Yale Law School, during which she worked for the ACLU’s National Prison Project and Immigrant’s Rights Project. In her spare time, Ms. Kumar serves as chair of the advisory board of the YES (Youth Empowered Society) Drop-In Center for homeless youth in Baltimore. 

Tope Folarin is a Nigerian-American writer based in Washington, DC. He won the AKO 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.

Twitter: @topefolarin; Facebook: facebook.com/Tope.Folarin; Website: topefolarin.com
Photo Credit: Valerie Woody

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.

Moderator - Kirsten Porter is a freelance editor, poet, professor, and guest lecturer. She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from George Mason University. Ms. Porter has taught creative writing, composition and literature studies at Marymount University. Her poetry and teachings focus on women, cultural diversity, community, and the ability for all to repair what is broken in themselves and the world. Ms. Porter is the assistant to poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller and the editor of The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller.

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: facebook.com/helen.fremont; Website:  www.helenfremont.com
Photo Credit: Mikki Ansin

Moderator - Diana Toebbe is a Humanities teacher at the Key School with fifteen years experience teaching history and literature to high school students. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University in 2005.

Room 5: Manse Addition
10:00 am - 10:30 am: Paper Mice by Megan Wagner Lloyd

10:30 am - 11:030 am: Untitled by Timothy Young

Area 8: Manse Field:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Dylan Roche and The Purple Bird

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: meganwagnerlloyd.com

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: www.dylanrochewriter.com
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Harwood

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.

Twitter: @TimSYoung; Facebook: facebook.com/timothy.young.author; Website: creaturesandcharacters.com

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: www.joeyonan.com
Photo Credit: Aubrie Pick, courtesy of Ten Speed Press

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.

Twitter: @CathyBarrow; Facebook: facebook.com/CathyBarrow
Photo Credit: Julia Rochelle

Moderator - Seton Rossini is a baker, graphic designer and author of the cookbook Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show. Her whimsical pastry creations have been featured in the windows of Macy’s, she’s appeared on Food Network, and demonstrated her desserts on NBC's TODAY Show. Ms. Rossini's work has appeared on such sites as Foodandwine.com, Glamour.com, MarthaStewartWeddings.com, and Foodnetwork.com. A former design director at Food & Wine Magazine, she continues to art direct and design on a daily basis, when she's not baking. Ms. Rossini lives in Annapolis with her husband and sons.

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.

Website: www.arcadiapublishing.com

Moderator - Dara Bunjon, after a 26-year corporate career, wanted to do something fun while continuing to learn, feel useful and share knowledge with others. She loves good, clean wine and now educates other wine lovers by helping them discover their palettes through  guided wine tasting experiences in their homes. Ms. Bunjon loves learning about wine, wine regions, the wine-making process, different varietals, and basically anything "wine.”

Photo Credit: Vince Lupo

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: facebook.com/WineForNormalPeople; Website: www.winefornormalpeople.com
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Elizabeth Schneider

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