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Saturday, April 6, 2019

2019 Authors

Check back as more authors join the Festival over the coming months!

Peter Blauner is the author of eight novels, including Slow Motion Riot, winner of an Edgar Allan Poe award for best first novel from Mystery Writers of America, and The Intruder, a New York Times bestseller. He began his career as a journalist for New York magazine in the 1980s and segued into writing fiction in the 1990s. Mr. Blauner's short fiction has been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories and on Selected Shorts from Symphony Space. For the last ten years, he has written for several television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and the CBS series, Blue Bloods. His newest novel is Sunrise Highway. Mr. Blauner lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, author Peg Tyre.

Twitter: @peterblauner; Facebook: Peter Blauner; Website: www.peterblauner.com

Renee Brooks Catacalos, is the former publisher of Edible Chesapeake magazine and served as deputy director for Future Harvest-Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. She is currently a member of the steering team for the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, a regional food system initiative working to catalyze connections and collaborations that build a sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and equitable regional food system in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Twitter: @reneeeatslocal; Facebook: reneeeatslocal; Website: reneeeatslocal.com

Liv Constantine is the pen name of USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling authors and sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Separated by three states, they spend hours plotting via FaceTime and burning up each other's emails. They attribute their ability to concoct dark storylines to the hours they spent listening to tales handed down by their Greek grandmother. The Last Mrs. Parrish, a national bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine book club pick, is their debut thriller. Rights for The Last Mrs. Parrish have been sold in 22 countries around the world.

Twitter @livconstantine2; Instagram @livconstantine2;
Facebook: LivConstantineAuthor; Website: www.livconstantine.com

Christian Davenport covers the space and the defense industries, for the Washington Post, where he has worked as a reporter and editor since 2000. He has been on reporting teams that won a Peabody Award and were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize three times. Mr. Davenport is the author of two books, The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos and As You Were: To War and Back with the Black Hawk Battalion of the Virginia National Guard. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and three children.

Twitter: @wapodavenport

Timothy Denevi is the author of Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism and Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD. His essays on politics, sports and religion have recently appeared in the Paris Review, New York Magazine, Salon, the Normal School, and Literary Hub, where he serves as the nonfiction editor. Mr. Denevi received his MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa, and he has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He is an assistant professor at George Mason University and lives with his family near Washington, DC.

Twitter: @TimDenevi; Website: timdenevi.com

David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator and prize-winning author. He is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and adjunct professor of astrophysical and planetary science at the University of Colorado. Dr. Grinspoon’s writing has been published in such publications as Nature, Science, Slate, Scientific American, Natural History, Nautilus, Astronomy, Seed, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and Sky & Telescope Magazine where he is a contributing editor. His previous book Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Nonfiction.  Dr. Grinspoon has been a recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal for Public Communication of Planetary Science by the American Astronomical Society. He lectures widely, and appears frequently as a science commentator on television, radio and podcasts. He resides in Washington, DC, with his wife and dog.

Twitter:  @DrFunkySpoon; Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ChasingNewHorizonsBook/; Website: Funkyscience.net

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania and director of its Annenberg Public Policy Center. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society and a distinguished scholar of the National Communication Association. Dr. Jamieson is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association. Her award-winning books include Packaging the Presidency, Eloquence in an Electronic Age, Spiral of Cynicism (with Joseph Cappella), and The Obama Victory (with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy).

Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game, The First Family Detail and The Secrets of the FBI. A former Wall Street Journal and Washington Post investigative reporter, Mr. Kessler has won eighteen journalism awards, including two George Polk awards: one for national reporting and one for community service. He was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Kessler lives in Potomac, MD, with his wife, Pamela Kessler, also an author and former Washington Post reporter.

Website: www.RonaldKessler.com

Nell Painter is the Edwards Professor of American History, emerita, at Princeton University. Her acclaimed works of history include Standing at Armageddon, Sojourner Truth and the New York Times bestseller The History of White People, which have received widespread attention for their insights into how ideas of gender, value, hierarchy, and race have been historically viewed and translated. Ms. Painter holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her visual artwork has been shown at numerous galleries and in many collections, including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Gallery Aferro. She lives in Newark, NJ, and the Adirondacks.

Photo by John Emerson

David Reichenbaugh is the author of In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, whose passion for law enforcement started at a very early age. He retired after serving for 23 years with the Maryland State Police as a lieutenant and barrack commander in Cumberland Maryland. Mr. Reichenbaugh's career started as a road trooper and continued on as a criminal investigator, undercover narcotics investigator, major violators supervisor, and homicide and high profile case investigator. Post 9/11, he served as operations commander for the Criminal Intelligence Division.

Photo by Hypnotic Imagery

April Ryan is White House reporter for American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN political analyst. She 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. She is the author of the award-winning books, The Presidency in Black and White; At Mama's Knee; and Race in Black and White. Ms. Ryan's latest book is Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.

Photo by Glenwood Jackson
Twitter: @AprilDRyan

Arjun Singh Sethi is a community activist, civil rights lawyer, writer, and law professor based in Washington, DC. He works closely with Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Sikh communities and advocates for racial justice at the local and national levels. Mr. Sethi's writing has appeared in the Guardian, Politico, USA Today, and the Washington Post, and he is featured regularly on national radio and television. He holds faculty appointments at Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School, and co-chairs the American Bar Association's National Committee on Homeland Security, Terrorism, and Treatment of Enemy Combatants.

Twitter: @arjunsethi81; Website: survivorsspeakout.org

Sother Teague is a professional bartender, the beverage director at New York bitters bar Amor y Amargo, and a co-founder of NYC charity pop-up bar Coup. He’s also the host of “Speakeasy” on Heritage Radio Network. Mr. Teague has been featured as a cocktail expert in several outlets including Esquire, the New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out, BuzzFeed, and more. In 2018, he was honored with Wine Enthusiast's "Mixologist of the Year" award. Mr. Teague's newest book is I'm Just Here for the Drinks

Twitter: mobile.twitter.com/CreativeDrunk; Instagram.com/CreativeDrunk; Facebook:www.facebook.com/creativedrunk

Marion Winik, longtime "All Things Considered" commentator, is the author of First Comes Love, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead, and seven other books. Her Bohemian Rhapsody column at BaltimoreFishbowl.com has received the Best Column and Best Humorist awards from Baltimore Magazine, and her essays have been published in the New York Times Magazine, the Sun, and many other publications. Ms. Winik is the host of "The Weekly Reader" radio show and podcast, based at the Baltimore NPR affiliate. She reviews books for Newsday, People, and Kirkus Reviews and is a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. Ms. Winik is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore.

Photo by Maeve Secor & Jane Sartwell