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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: www.chrisformant.com/
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
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.
Twitter: @vermontgmg; Website: Garrettgraff.com
B. Janet Hibbs, LMFT, Ph.D. 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.
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
Angie Kim is the debut author of national bestseller, debut novel Miracle Creek and one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Storytellers to Watch.” She has written for Vogue, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Glamour, Salon, and Slate. Ms. Kim 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, she now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons.
Twitter: @AngieKimWriter; Facebook: facebook.com/angie.kim.va; Website: www.angiekimbooks.com
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
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.
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.
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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