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Messages from Festival Authors

The Annapolis Book Festival 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. These authors have reached out to the Festival community and shared these videos and interviews about the works they would have presented at the 2020 Festival. We hope you enjoy these! View full biographies for each author.

Andrea Chamblee for John McNamara

Andrea Chamblee, the widow of John McNamara, shares a video about his book The Capital of Basketball: A History of DC Area High School Hoops. Mr. McNamara was one of the five Capital Gazette employees slain in June 2018. Basketball was his passion and it shows in his book, which was completed and published posthumously.

Chris Formant

Chris Formant's book, Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and the Battle of Brooklyn is a gripping historical novel which follows two young merchants-in-training. Enlisted in the Maryland militia as part of the Maryland 400, they march to New York with only minimal training. Their mission: to prevent the British from taking Brooklyn Heights, which will turn into a battle for the survival of the Continental Army and General George Washington.

Watch Chris's lively interview with the Build Series NYC below and check out his website for more information. 


Margaret L. Andersen

Getting Smart about Race: An American Conversation by Dr. Margaret Andersen asks us to recognize the different forms that racism takes, calling it out when we see it, and doing something about it. Based on current research and written in an engaging narrative, the book is intended to inspire public conversations about race and racism—conversations informed by sound research, not by strong opinion or racial stereotypes. 

Listen to Margaret's in-depth interview with WJMS Radio about Getting Smart About Race.

Tope Folarin

Award-winning D.C.-based, Nigerian-American writer, and Rhodes Scholar, Tope Folarin introduces his first novel A Particular Kind of Black Man. It is the powerful coming-of-age story of Tunde Akinola, son of Nigerian-born parents struggling to make a new life in a small town in Utah. When the family eventually breaks under the strain, Tunde’s life becomes the search for a place where he can feel at home. In this work,Tope explores questions of identity and exile, manhood and meaning itself.

Watch his talk at DC's Politics and Prose.

Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Award-winning, bestselling author Shilpi Somaya Gowda's third novel, The Shape of Family, tells the tale of a family that embodies the American dream. But love and prosperity cannot protect them from sudden, unspeakable tragedy and the family's foundation cracks. The question is how can a family reconstruct itself when the contours of life have changed?

Watch Shilpi's short youtube video below on writing with creativity and emotion and her Global News interview about The Shape of Family.

B. Janet Hibbs & Anthony Rostain

B. Janet Hibbs and Anthony Rostain, in their book The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years presents resources and ideas to help parents and their off-to-college children handle mental health problems if they occur.

Listen to their interview with the incredible Terry Gross on Fresh Air about The Stressed Years of Their Lives.

Ben Westhoff

Award-winning investigative journalist Ben Westhoff's new book Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic is a deep-dive investigation into the hazardous and illicit industry that has created a worldwide epidemic and confounded government agencies seeking to combat it.

Watch Ben's special message to the Annapolis Book Festival community below.

P.W. Singer

Author P.W. Singer, author of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media sends a message to Festival fans and talks about his newest book Burn-In, which is coming out in May. It's a techno-thriller with a fact-based view of tomorrow. Be the first to hear all about it!

Deborah Reber

Author Deborah Reber is sharing this special book release episode she did for her Tilt Parenting podcast. She talks about her story as a writer, what led to the book, Differently Wired: A Parent's Guide to Raising an Atypical Child with Confidence and Hope, as well as what she hopes the book does in the world. Enjoy Deborah's podcast episode.

Julie Hirschfeld Davis & Michael D. Shear

These two award-winning New York Times reporters have covered the Trump administration from the beginning. In Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration, they take us inside the White House to document how officials sought to erode the longstanding bipartisan consensus that immigration makes positive contributions to America. Watch as they discuss their book at the University of Chicago.

James B. Conroy

James Conroy, in his book Jefferson's White House: Monticello on the Potomac, offers a vivid account of how life was lived in Thomas Jefferson's White House and the young nation's rustic capital. Read a Washington DC History Resources interview with James Conroy about the book.

Timothy Young

Timothy Young's newest book Untitled is a delightfully silly book about a coatimundi and capybara who try to help the author with ideas for his next book. Below, Timothy sends a special message to the Festival community. Enjoy!

Laura Kamoie

Ribbons of Scarlet is a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires and destinies of seven women whose paths cross during the French Revolution. The authors of Ribbons of Scarlet, including Festival author Laura Kamoie, share the history behind and co-writing of this exciting historical novel.

Iris Krasnow

In her book Camp Girls: Fireside Lessons on Friendship, Courage, and Loyalty, local Annapolitan and bestselling author Iris Krasnow reflects with humor and heart on her summer camp experience and the lessons she and her fellow campers learned that have stayed with them throughout their lives.

Listen to Iris talk about Camp Girls on the Happy Campers podcast.

Dylan Roche

Meet Dylan Roche, novelist, journalist, actor, and playwright. His debut novel, The Purple Bird, features a teenager, James, who meets a figment bird called Archit. The two of them set off for the world of Nalgordia to break a centuries-old curse. Being the hero of his own fantasy adventure isn't exactly what James expected it to be, but when he finds himself caught up in an epic fight against a force of evil, he knows he might be the only one able to stop it. Archit's fate now rests entirely in his hands...and there's no turning back now! Enjoy the amazing trailer for The Purple Bird sent to us by Dylan.

Helen Fremont

Following up with her best-selling memoir After Long Silence, author Helen Fremont introduces her newest book The Escape Artist. The story continues the tale of After Long Silence, chronicling the secrets kept by Helen's family and their rejection of her writing her truth. View her Book Talk interview with the Museum of Jewish Heritage.