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2018 AUTHORS & PANELISTS

Chris Matthews

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

Chris Matthews is best known for anchoring “Hardball” on MSNBC each weekday night but he is also celebrated for his incisive political story-telling. Before there was “Hardball” the TV show, there was the book Hardball: How Politics is Played – Told by One Who Knows the Game (1988) as well as Kennedy and Nixon (1996) and Jack Kennedy – Elusive Hero (2011). Starting with Mr. Matthews's return from the Peace Corps in Africa, he spent his early career engaged full-time in American politics. As a U.S. senate aide, presidential speechwriter and top assistant to the Speaker of the House, he witnessed the last years of the Vietnam War, Watergate and the Reagan years from inside the political arena. Since 1987, as Washington Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Examiner Mr. Matthews covered some of the biggest stories of the late 20th century; including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa, the Good Friday peace accords in Northern Ireland and the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Here at home he covered every presidential election since 1988. An alumnus of Holy Cross, Matthews did graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Peace Corps volunteer, he served as a trade development advisor for two years with the Kingdom of Swaziland. He holds thirty-four honorary degrees.


April Ryan

The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Four Presidents and Race in America

White House correspondent April Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House, a position she has held since the Clinton era. Ms. Ryan can be seen almost daily on CNN as a political analyst and has been featured such publications as Vogue, Elle, the New York Times, the Washington Post. She is the 2017 National Association of Black Journalist’s Journalist of the Year, and a Terker Fellow with the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.
Twitter: @AprilDRyan
Photo by Glenwood Jackson

Daniel H. Pink

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing


Daniel Pink is the author of six books — including his newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, which is a New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 37 languages.

Twitter: @danielpink; Facebook: facebook.com/danielhpink

Lisa Genova

Every Note Played

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Still Alice (which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Julianne Moore), Left Neglected, Love Anthony, and Inside the O’Briens. In 2015, Ms. Genova was named one of the U.S. Top 50 Influencers in Aging. She received the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square in recognition of “a contemporary storyteller whose work has had a significant impact on the public dialogue,” the Alzheimer's Association's Rita Hayworth Award, and many others. Ms. Genova has appeared on Dr. Oz, The TODAY show, PBS NewsHour, and NPR. Her TED Talk “What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s,” has been viewed more than two million times.
Website: LisaGenova.com
Photo by Greg Mentzer

Sebastian Abbott

The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstar

Sebastian Abbot spent over a half dozen years working as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press in the Middle East and Asia. He served as AP bureau chief in Pakistan and covered stories ranging from the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan to the rebel uprising against Gaddafi in Libya. Prior to joining the AP, Mr. Abbot worked in investment banking and private equity in New York and Boston. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Most importantly, though, Abbot is a lifelong soccer player and fan. He started at age five as a bulldozing defender for the Jacksonville Fireballs and played at Princeton under former U.S. national coach Bob Bradley.
Twitter: @sebabbot; Facebook: www.facebook.com/sebabbot/;
Website: sebastianabbot.com

Grant Wahl

Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game

Grant Wahl is one of the world’s leading soccer journalists, who joined Sports Illustrated in November 1996 as a reporter and was promoted to his current position of senior writer in October 2000. He also hosts SI’s Planet Fútbol podcast and the weekly Planet Fútbol show on the SI TV streaming channel. Additionally, Mr. Wahl is a soccer insider and special contributor for FOX Sports television and discusses soccer on national outlets regularly. He has covered nine World Cups and five Olympics for SI. On Mr. Wahl's previous beat covering college basketball, he won four Magazine Story of the Year awards given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He has written two books: The Beckham Experiment, which was the first soccer book to make the New York Times best-seller list, and his most recent book Masters of Modern Soccer, which will be available in May 2018.
Twitter: @GrantWahl

Rafael Alvarez

Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown

Rafael Alvarez is an author and screenwriter based in the waterfront neighborhoods of East Baltimore. A former city desk reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he wrote for the HBO drama "The Wire," and published a history of the Archdiocese of Baltimore going back to the landing of the Ark and the Dove in 1634. Mr. Alvarez's new book of connected fictions is Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown.
Photo by Sean Scheidt

Robbi Behr & Matthew Swanson

The Real McCoys

Author/illustrator and husband/wife duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr spend all day, every day, making stuff together, including the Real McCoys series and their picture books Everywhere, Wonder and Babies Ruin Everything. In addition to speaking and leading workshops on collaboration and creative entrepreneurship, raising four small children, and fishing commercially for sockeye salmon on the Alaskan tundra each summer, Mr. Swanson and Ms. Behr run Bobbledy Books―an indie press offering picture books and music for kids―from the hayloft of their home/barn/studio on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Twitter: @writingmatthew & @drawingrobbi
Websites: robbiandmatthew.com/ & realmccoysbook.com/

T.C. Cameron

Navy Football: Return to Glory

T.C. Cameron is an author and journalist. His third book, Navy Football: Return to Glory, follows Navy’s breathtaking 2016 season. Mr. Cameron was a prep sports and Naval Academy reporter for the Capital-Gazette newspapers from 2009 to 2015. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University and has been an Annapolis resident since 2009. Mr. Cameron is a well-known football, basketball referee and baseball umpire. An unabashed fan of the narrative found in sports, his fourth book, Miracle Maples, will be published in summer 2018.
Twitter: @ByTCCameron

Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton

Stephanie Dray (photo on left) is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author of historical women’s fiction. Her award-winning work has been translated into eight languages and tops lists for the most anticipated reads of the year. Before Ms. Dray became a novelist, she was a lawyer and a teacher. She lives in Washington, DC.

Laura Kamoie (photo on right) is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author of historical fiction. 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 genre fiction. She lives in Annapolis.

Kerry Dunnington

The Seasonal Kitchen


Kerry Dunnington is an award-winning author and a widely read food columnist, culinary consultant, food judge, and recipe developer for more than three decades. She is also a professional caterer who founded Kerry Dunnington Catering in 1992. Ms. Dunnington makes frequent appearances at farmers’ markets around the Mid-Atlantic region, where she collaborates with farmers, food vendors, and artisans to showcase their fresh bounty with recipes from her cookbooks, The Seasonal Kitchen, Tasting the Seasons, and This Book Cooks.
Instagram: @inthekitchenwithkerry;Twitter: @inkerryskitchen; Facebook: www.facebook.com/inthekitchenwithkerry; Blog: In the Kitchen with Kerry

John Eisenberg

The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball's Most Historic Record

John Eisenberg has been a sports journalist for more than thirty years. The author of nine books, he worked for newspapers from 1979 until 2007, mostly as a columnist for the Baltimore Sun covering events such as the Super Bowl, Final Four, World Series, Olympics, and soccer's World Cup, as well as the Baltimore hometown teams. Mr. Eisenberg won more than twenty writing awards, including several first-places in the prestigious Associated Press Sports Editors contest. A native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he is now the columnistat baltimoreravens.com. He lives in Baltimore with his wife.
Twitter: @bmoreeisenberg; Facebook: facebook.com/john.eisenberg.5; Website: johneisenberg.com
Photo by Phil Hoffmann

Amatai Etzioni

Avoiding War with China: Two Nations, One World

Amitai Etzioni is a university professor and professor of international relations at the George Washington University. He served as a senior advisor in the Carter White House and taught at Columbia University, Harvard University and University of California at Berkeley. A study by Richard Posner ranked Mr. Etzioni among the top 100 American intellectuals. He is the author of many books including Foreign Policy: Thinking Outside the Box, From Empire to Community, and Security First.
Twitter:@amitai_etzioni

Clementine K. Fujimura

Cultural Dimensions of Well-Being: Therapy Animals as Healers (co-author Simone Nommensen)

Clementine Fujimura is a professor at the United States Naval Academy, teaching intercultural communication, cultural and military anthropology, Russian, and German. Her research focuses on marginalized youth, cross-cultural communication, and alternate therapies for PTSD. Dr. Fujimura trains in search and rescue with her Belgian Malinois, Scipio, and volunteers in libraries and hospice with her therapy certified dachshund, Rosie. She earned a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Andrea Gonzales

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done (co-author Sophie Houser)

Andrea Gonzales is a graduate of Hunter College High School and is now attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Robertson Scholar. The summer before her freshman year of high school, she started learning to code. Since then, Ms. Gonzales has been passionate about computer science and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). When she learned about Girls Who Code, she found out about the power of working with other girls, and that led to the creation of the video game Tampon Run, which she co-built with Sophie Houser. Tampon Run’s success exceeded all expectations, and Ms. Gonzales was thrown into a world outside of her high school. Beyond her passion for computer science, she is a music, comic book, and video game enthusiast. Ms. Gonzales looks forward to remaining an active advocate for women in computer science.
Twitter: @gonzales_af; Facebook: girlcodethebook; Website: andrea-gonzales.com and girlcodethebook.com

Garrett M. Graff

Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die

Garrett M. Graff, a distinguished magazine journalist and historian, has spent more than a dozen years covering politics, technology, and national security. Today, he serves as the director of the Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity and technology program, and is a contributor to WIRED, Longreads, and CNN. Mr. Graff has written for publications from Esquire to the New York Times, and served as the editor of two of Washington’s most prestigious magazines, Washingtonian and POLITICO Magazine. He is the author of multiple books, including The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House and The Threat Matrix: The FBI At War.
Website: garrettgraff.com; Twitter: @vermontgmg

Annabella Gurwitch

Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To

Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress, activist and New York Times Bestselling author who gained a loyal comedic following during her numerous years co-hosting Dinner & a Movie on TBS and as a regular commentator on NPR. Her New York Times bestseller I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 was one of three finalists for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor Writing. Ms. Gurwitch’s essays and satire appear in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, and the Los Angeles Times. As an actress, she’s appeared in many world premieres on stage, performed in arts centers around the country, guest starred in over fifty TV series, and had roles in movies. Her many media appearances include Real Time with Bill Maher, The Today Show, Anderson Cooper Show, MSNBC, All Things Considered, Dinner Party Download, The Moth, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife

Barbara Bradley Hagerty worked for NPR for 19 years, covering law and religion. She has twice received the American Women in Radio and Television Award as well as the National Headliners Award and the Religion Newswriters Association award for radio reporting. Ms. Bradley Hagerty has written for the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vogue, and the Independent (UK) and has appeared on the Today Show and PBS programs Washington Week in Review and the NewsHour. She was selected for the Templeton-Cambridge Fellowship in Science and Religion in 2005, and for a one-year Knight Fellowship at Yale Law School in 1993-94, where she received a masters in legal studies. She lives in Washington, DC.
Twitter: @barbarabradleyh; Website: www.barbarabradleyhagerty.com

Jimin Han

A Small Revolution

Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in New York, Rhode Island, and Ohio. Her writing can be found at NPR’s “Weekend America,” Entropy, The Rumpus, HTMLGiant, Hyphen Magazine, Kartika Review, KoreanAmericanStory.com, the eChook Memoir app, The Nuyorasian Antholog, and elsewhere. A Small Revolution is her first novel. Ms. Han attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She teaches at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and lives outside New York City with her husband and children.
Twitter: @jiminhanwriter; Instagram: @jiminhanwriter; Facebook: www.facebook.com/jiminhanwriter
Photo by Janice Chung

Roberto Brodsky

Panelist on "Foreign Authors Look at America"


Roberto Brodsky is currently the cultural attaché at the Embassy of Chile. He has been a professional journalist for 30 years, and is the author of the novels Casa chilena, Veneno, Bosque quemado, and three other novels. Mr. Brodsky is also the co-author of three drama plays and the co-screenwriter of the films Machuca, El brindis and Mi vida con Carlos.

Aminatta Forna

Happiness

Aminatta Forna is the award-winning author of three novels: The Hired Man, The Memory of Love, and Ancestor Stones, and the critically acclaimed memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. Her next novel, Happiness is forthcoming in March. Ms. Forna's fiction has won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book Award and the PEN Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, as has been short-listed for the Neustadt Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the IMPAC Award, the Warwick Prize and nominated for the European Prize for Fiction. Her memoir was serialized on BBC Radio and in the Sunday Times newspaper. Ms. Forna is currently a Lannan Visiting Chair at Georgetown University.

Twitter: @aminattaforna; Website: www.aminattaforna.com; Facebook: facebook.com/AminattaForna
Photo by Jonathan King

Nawaf Ashur Haskan

Panelist on "Foreign Authors Look at America"

Nawaf Ashur Haskan is a Yazidi poet from Iraq currently based in the DC area, where he was a research fellow with National Endowment for Democracy. He is also an administrative consultant with Youth Bridges, an NGO based in Iraq. In 2016, Mr. Haskan worked as cultural advisor and translator for RYOT and the Huffington Post. From 2015 to 2016, he also served as a business development officer for the International Organization for Migration. Before graduating from the American University of Iraq–Sulaimani, Mr. Haskan founded several youth-based civic education initiatives where he sought to strengthen the principles of pluralism through regular workshops in local villages. From 2005 to 2008, he worked as an interpreter for U.S. Troops in Iraq. Mr. Haskan's work has appeared in the Iowa Review, and he has been featured in the New Yorker and Vogue.
Twitter: @NawafHaskan

Khet Mar

Panelist on "Foreign Authors Look at America"

Khet Mar is a a novelist, short story writer, poet, and essayist and currently works as a broadcast journalist at the Radio Free Asia Burmese Service in Washington, DC. Trained as a chemist, she embarked on a writing career and has published the novel Wild Snowy Night, four collections of short stories, three volumes of essays, and a Burmese translation of I Am Malala. Ms. Mar's works have been translated into Japanese, Spanish and English. She was a featured writer at the 2009 PEN World Voices Festival, and a writer-in-residence at the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, which provides sanctuary to writers exiled under threat of severe persecution in their native countries. In 2007, she participated in the prestigious International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/khettmar

Leah Henderson

One Shadow on the Wall

Leah Henderson has always loved getting lost in stories. When she is not scribbling down her characters’ adventures, she is off on her own, exploring new spaces and places around the world. Her middle grade novel One Shadow on the Wall was sparked by one of those trips. Leah received her M.F.A. at Spalding University and currently calls Washington DC, home.
Website: leahhendersonbooks.com; Facebook: leahhendersonwrites; Twitter: @LeahsMark

Mark Hendricks

Natural Wonders of Assateague Island

Mark Hendricks is an award winning wildlife and conservation photographer, writer and author working on environmental issues. A former marine mammal biologist and animal rescuer, he turned to using his camera as a storytelling tool for conservation purposes. Mr. Hendricks's current work focuses on the diverse habitats of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Maryland Coastal Bays. His images and articles have been featured numerous publications and books such as Nature Photographer, Outdoor Life, Audubon, Earth Island Journal, and Africa Geographic. Mr. Hendricks is an adjunct faculty member at Towson University and a fellow in the International League of Conservation Writers.
Instagram: www.instagram.com/markhendricksphoto;
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarkHendricksPhotography;
Website: markhendricksphoto.com

Lisa Hillman

Secret No More: A True Story of Hope for Parents with an Addicted Child

Lisa Hillman has been a development professional for more than thirty-five years. She is the former president of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation and a former broadcast journalist. Ms. Hillman is a board member of Pathways and Samaritan House, programs that serve addicts. A frequent contributor to area magazines, she lives in Annapolis with her husband Richard.
Website: www.lisahillmanauthor.com

Meredith Hindley

Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II

Meredith Hindley is a historian and senior writer for Humanities, the quarterly review of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Longreads, and elsewhere. Ms. Hindley received her PhD from American University.

Twitter: @CapitolClio
Photo by Tim Coburn

Liza Mundy

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

Code Girls has been named one of the Washington Post's 50 notable works of nonfiction in 2017

Liza Mundy is the New York Times best-selling author of The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family and Michelle: A Biography. She was a long-time reporter at the Washington Post and has contributed to numerous publications including the Atlantic, TIME, the New Republic, Slate, Mother Jones, and Politico. Ms Mundy is a frequent commentator on prominent national television shows, radio, and online news outlets. A senior fellow at New America,she is one of the nation's foremost experts on women and work issues.
Twitter: @lizamundy; Website: www.lizamundy.com

Tyrese L. Coleman

Tyrese L. Coleman is a writer, wife, mother, attorney, and writing instructor. She is also an associate editor at SmokeLong Quarterly, an online journal dedicated to flash fiction, and a writing instructor at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. An essayist and fiction writer, her prose has appeared in several publications. Specifically, her flash fiction and memoir has been published in places such as Hobart, Brevity, PANK, listed in Wigleaf's Top 50 (very) short fictions. An alumna of the Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University, the Tin House and Virginia Quarterly Review writer's workshops, and a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow, her chapbook, How To Sit: A Memoir in Stories and Essays will be published in 2018. Twitter:@tylachelleco;
Website: tyresecoleman.com

Chelsea Leigh Horne

Panelist on "The Art and Craft of Flash Fiction"

Chelsea Leigh Horne writes fiction, poetry and essays. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Rumpus, LitHub, the Paterson Literary Review, the Buffalo News, Washington Independent Review of Books, Café Americain, and elsewhere. Additionally, Ms. Horne is the World/Travel editor at Ragazine, the global online magazine of arts, information, and entertainment. She is the recipient of a DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities grant as an Artist Fellow. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from American University and an M.A. in literature from Binghamton University. Ms. Horne has presented her scholarly work both nationally and internationally and has taught workshops and master classes in four continents. She lives in Washington DC, and teaches writing at American University.
Twitter: @CL_Horne; Website: chelseahorne.wordpress.com/

J.G. McClure

The Fire Lit & Nearing

J.G. McClure studied writing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University of California, Irvine, where he earned his MFA. His poetry and flash fiction appear widely, including in Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Nashville Review, The Woven Tale Press, and The Pinch, among others. Mr. McClure's work was selected for inclusion in Best New Poets 2015 by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, and has been nominated for awards and honors including the Pushcart Prize, Best American Essays, and Best of the Net. He is a book reviewer for multiple journals including Colorado Review, Rain Taxi, and Poetry International. A former instructor of poetry and prose at UC-Irvine, Mr. McClure now teaches a variety of courses both in-person and online.
Website: jgmcclure.com

Amir Husain

The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificail Intelligence


Amir Husain is a serial entrepreneur, inventor and author based in Austin, TX who has been recognized as Austin's Top Technology Entrepreneur of the Year and has been awarded the Austin Under 40 Technology and Science Award. He is the founder and CEO of SparkCognition, an award-winning artificial intelligence company. Mr. Husain is a prolific inventor with 23 U.S. patents awarded and over 40 pending applications. His work has been published in leading tech journals including Network World, Computer World, and many others. Mr. Husain has served as a founding member of the Board of Advisors for IBM Watson and serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science.
Twitter@amirhusain_tx; Facebook: www.facebook.com/amirhusain; Website: http://amirhusain.com/

Paul Scharre

Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

Paul Scharre is a senior fellow and the director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, a former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a contributor to Foreign Policy, Politico, and the New York Times. He lives in Virginia.
Twitter: twitter.com/paul_scharre; Website: www.cnas.org/people/paul-scharre

Jared Yates Sexton

The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage

Jared Yates Sexton was one of the first journalists to attend and report from the 2016 Donald Trump rallies. He is a writer whose political writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, Salon, and elsewhere. He is the author of three collections of fiction and a crime novel. Currently he serves as an associate professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University.
Twitter: @JYSexton; Facebook: www.facebook.com/jared.y.sexton
Photo by C. Danielle Debien

Jacob S. Hacker

American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper (co-author Paul Pierson)

Jacob S. Hacker is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. A regular media commentator and policy adviser, he is the author or co-author of five books, numerous journal articles, and a wide range of popular writings on American politics and public policy. His most recent book, written with Paul Pierson, American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper was named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a best business book of 2016 according to the management magazine Strategy+Business. Professor Hacker is known for his research and writings regarding health policy, especially his development of the so-called public option. He is also a member of the OECD’s High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress. He was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Website: jacobhacker.com

Amy Siskind

The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year

Amy Siskind is president and co-founder of the New Agenda, a national organization working on issues including economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, sexual assault, and campus assault. A former Wall Street executive, she is a national spokesperson, writer and expert on helping women and girls advance and succeed. Ms. Siskind's writing has been featured in the Huffington Post and Medium and she is a frequent source for the national press, including in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/amy.siskind,Twitter: @Amy_Siskind
Photo Credit: Jesse Dittmar

JJ Strong

Us Kids Know

JJ Strong received a creative writing degree from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in English from Georgetown University. His writing has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, the Santa Monica Review, and LA Weekly. Mr. Strong has also had plays produced throughout the country, including in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and San Diego. Us Kids Know is his first novel.
Twitter: @J_J_Strong; Facebook: JJStrong; Website: jjstrong.com

McKay Jenkins

Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet

McKay Jenkins has been writing about people and the natural world for 30 years. His books include ContamiNation and Poison Spring. Mr. Jenkins is the editor of The Peter Matthiessen Reader, an nonfiction anthology of American nature writers' work. A former staff writer for the Atlanta Constitution, he has also written for publications such as Outside, Orion, the New Republic. Mr. Jenkins is currently the Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware. He holds degrees from Amherst, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and Princeton, where he received a PhD in English. He lives in Baltimore with his family.
Twitter: @mckayjenkins; Facebook: facebook.com/mckayjenkinsbooks

Matthew Klam

Who Is Rich?

Matthew Klam is the author of the novel, Who Is Rich?, named by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2017 and long-listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. He is also the author of the short story collection Sam the Cat. Mr. Klam is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, a Whiting Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts. His writing has been featured in such places as the New Yorker, Harper's, GQ, the New York Times Magazine, the O'Henry Prize Stories, the Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction.
Photo by Maxwell MacKenzie

Amy Poeppel

Small Admissions

Amy Poeppel is originally from Dallas and worked as an actress in the Boston area. She now lives with her husband and three sons in New York City, where she work-shopped a theatrical version of Small Admissions at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit. Her writing has appeared in the Rumpus, the Higgs Weldon, Mock Mom, and Working Mother. Her next novel, Limelight, will be out in summer 2018.
Website:www.amypoeppel.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/amypoeppelauthor/; Twitter: @amypoeppel; Instagram: @amypoeppel

Erika Robuck

#Hockeystrong

Erika Robuck is the national bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl, Call Me Zelda, Fallen Beauty, The House of Hawthorne, and Receive Me Falling. #Hockeystrong, as E. Robuck, is her first satire. Ms. Robuck has her own blog, Muse, is a member of the Hemingway, Historical Novel, and Millay Societies, and is a proud hockey mom. In 2014, she was named Annapolis’ Author of the Year, and she resides there with her husband and three sons.
Twitter: @ErikaRobuck; Facebook: Hockeystrong: A Novel, and Erika Robuck, Author; Website: www.erikarobuck.com

Michael E. Mann & Tom Toles

The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy

Michael E. Mann (photo on left) is distinguished professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including the Hans Oeschger Medal of the EGU, the National Conservation Achievement Award of the National Wildlife Foundation, the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education, and the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication. Dr. Mann made Bloomberg News' list of fifty most influential people in 2013. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications, and three books, Dire Predictions, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, and The Madhouse Effect.
Twitter:@MichaelEMann; Facebook:www.facebook.com/MichaelMannScientist/
Photo by Patrick Mansell

Tom Toles (photo on right) is the editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post, a position he has held since 2002. He has had six collections of his editorial cartoons published and authored and illustrated a children’s book, My School Is Worse Than Yours. Mr. Toles has drawn a syndicated comic strip, Curious Avenue, and a syndicated comic panel, Randolph Itch, 2am. He has won numerous national cartooning awards, including the Pulitzer Prize 1990; Herblock Cartooning Prize 2011; Mencken Award Best Editorial cartoon 1990; and the Overseas Press Club Thomas Nast Award, 2003.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tomtoles

Denise Robbins & John R. Wennersten

Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century

Denise Robbins is a writer and communications expert on climate change issues in Washington, DC. She is graduate of Cornell University in environmental science and statistics, and she currently publishes articles dealing with all aspects of global and national environmental change, with a focus on regional politics. Ms. Robbins was previously deputy director of the Climate & Energy program at Media Matters for America and she currently works as communications director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. This is her first published book.
Twitter: twitter.com/deerobbs; Facebook: facebook.com/denise.sylvie

John R. Wennersten is an historian-environmental policy writer and professor emeritus of American History at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. A nationally recognized writer and consultant on environmental affairs, his scholarly and freelance work has appeared such publications as the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, the Progressive, Nation, Chesapeake Journal, and Mother Earth News. The Maryland Humanities Commission recently selected Mr. Wennersten as a Maryland Millennial Scholar and he received the Maryland Writer's Award from the Maryland Arts Council for his book, The Oyster Wars of Chesapeake Bay. He lives in Washington, DC.

Courtney Pippin-Mathur

Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool!

Courtney Pippin-Mathur was born and raised in East Texas but now lives on the East Coast. She has written and illustrated two picture books, Maya was Grumpy and Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool!. Ms. Pippin-Mathur shares her house with a knight, a princess and two dragons. This leads to many exciting adventures with lots of breaks for reading.
Website: www.pippinmathur.com; Facebook: pippinmathurillustration; Twitter: @pippinmathur