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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Chris Matthews Remembers Bobby Kennedy


Chris Matthews examines the public and private world of Robert Kennedy in his book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, which details RFK's early years in politics, through his crucial role as attorney general during his brother’s administration, to his tragic run for President. Moderator: Evan Thomas

Presentation Start Time: 11:00 a.m.

Venue: Katharine Hall

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 adviser for two years with the Kingdom of Swaziland. He holds thirty-four honorary degrees.

Evan Thomas

Moderator - Evan Thomas is the author of nine books: The Wise Men (with Walter Isaacson), The Man to See, The Very Best Men, Robert Kennedy, John Paul Jones, Sea of Thunder, The War Lovers, Ike’s Bluff, and Being Nixon. John Paul Jones and Sea of Thunder were New York Times bestsellers. He was a writer, correspondent and editor for thirty-three years at Time and Newsweek, including ten years (1986–96) as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek, where, at the time of his retirement in 2010, he was editor at large. Mr. Thomas wrote more than one hundred cover stories and in 1999 won a National Magazine Award. He wrote Newsweek’s fifty-thousand-word election specials in 1996, 2000, 2004 (winner of a National Magazine Award), and 2008. He has appeared on many TV and radio talk shows, including Meet the Press and The Colbert Report. The author of dozens of book reviews for the New York Times and the Washington Post, Mr. Thomas has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton, where, from 2007 to 2014, he was Ferris Professor of Journalism.
Photo by Oscie Thomas

A Conversation with April Ryan


White House Correspondent April Ryan talks about her book, The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Four Presidents and Race in America, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at race relations in the White House.

Room 1: Katharine Hall
1:00 p.m.
Author: April Ryan
Moderator: Korva Coleman

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 in 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

Korva Coleman

Moderator - Korva Coleman is a newscaster for NPR. In this role, she is responsible for writing, producing and delivering national newscasts airing during NPR's newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. Occasionally Ms. Coleman serves as a substitute host for Weekend All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Before joining NPR in 1990, she was a staff reporter and copy editor for the Washington Afro-American newspaper. Ms. Coleman produced and hosted First Edition, an overnight news program at NPR's member station WAMU-FM in Washington, DC.
Photo by Doby Photography


Daniel Pink: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing


Bestselling author Daniel Pink discusses his new book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, which shows that timing is not just an art, it's a science, and unlocks the scientific secrets of good timing that helps us flourish at work, school and home.

Room 1: Katharine Hall
10:00 a.m.
Author: Daniel Pink
Moderator: Brian Boyd

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

Brian Boyd

Moderator - Brian Boyd has been teaching Humanities at the high school and collegiate level for the past twenty-two years, the last seventeen at The Key School. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has a passion for philosophical discussion and debate that has served as the core component of his classroom teaching over the years. Beyond the classroom, Mr. Boyd serves as the athletic director at Key, where he is able to blend his passion for sports and his desire for all students to have the opportunity to learn great life lessons through athletics. He,his wife, and three children live in Annapolis.

Lisa Genova: Every Note Played


Lisa Genova, neuroscientist and bestselling author of Still Alice, discusses her latest novel, Every Note Played, about an accomplished concert pianist suffering from ALS.

Room 2: Barn Commons
2:00 p.m.
Author: Lisa Genova
Moderator: Bethanne Patrick

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

Moderator - Bethanne Patrick, a contributing editor at Lit Hub, is a writer and critic whose reviews appear frequently in the Washington Post and on NPR Books, among other publications. She is one of Flavorwire's "35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet" and created the popular #FridayReads. The author of several books, including the 2016 anthology The Books That Changed My Life, Ms. Patrick is currently writing a memoir for the Counterpoint Press. She is on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and lives in Northern Virginia with her family.



Amy Siskind and Jacob Hacker

Talk Politics


Former Wall Street executive and founder of the New Agenda Amy Siskind and political scientist Jacob Hacker discuss the state of politics today and their respective books, The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year and American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper.

Room 1: Katharine Hall
3:00 p.m.
Authors: Jacob S. Hacker, Amy Siskind
Moderator: Judd Legum

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

Judd Legum

Moderator - Judd Legum is the founder and editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress, a progressive news outlet. He was previously the research director for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. Mr. Legum is a graduate of Key School, Pomona College and Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the Maryland Bar and was a practicing attorney in Annapolis, focusing on civil and criminal litigation. He has also appeared as a political analyst on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and other television and radio stations.

No Refuge: The Devastating Aftermath of Climate Change


Panelists Denise Robbins, Michael Mann and Tom Toles discuss climate change in terms of what to do with a projected 50 million environmental refugees from Africa, Asia and Latin America by 2020 and how climate change denial is threatening the planet.

Room 1: Katharine Hall
12:00 p.m.
Authors: Michael E. Mann, Denise Robbins, Tom Toles,
Moderator: Miles O'Brien

Michael E. Mann and 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

Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century (co-author John R. Wennersten)

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


Miles O'Brien

Moderator - Miles O’Brien is a veteran, award-winning journalist who focuses on science, technology, aerospace, and the environment. He is the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series Nova, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series. For nearly seventeen of his thirty-two years in the news business, Mr. O'Brien worked for CNN as the science, environment and aerospace space correspondent and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning. While at CNN, he secured a deal with NASA to become the first journalist to fly on the space shuttle. The project ended with the loss of Columbia and her crew in 2003 – a story he told to the world in a critically acclaimed sixteen-hour marathon of live coverage. Mr. O'Brien has won numerous awards over the years, including a half-dozen Emmys, and a Peabody and DuPont for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

The U.S. Government's Secret Doomsday Plans


Journalist and historian Garrett Graff talks about his book Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself―While the Rest of Us Die, which details the inner workings of a 650-acre compound just miles from Camp David where select officials, in the event of a nuclear attack, would be whisked away to safety.

Room 1: Katharine Hall
2:00 p.m.
Author: Garrett M. Graff

Moderator: Stephen D. Wrage

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

Stephen D. Wrage

Moderator - Stephen D. Wrage is a professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy. He has worked at the Brookings Institution, served as an assistant dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and was a Pew Faculty Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. In 1995 Dr. Wrage spent a Fulbright year at the National University of Singapore and has written about that severely controlled society for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of Immaculate Warfare, Spirits Talking: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Abigail Adams Argue Right and Wrong in the Affairs of States, and The Politics and Strategy of No-Fly Zones. Dr. Wrage earned his B.A. in classics at Amherst College. and earned his masters and doctorate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Living in the Age of Artificial Intelligence


Panelists Amir Husain, author of The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence, and Paul Scharre, author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, look beyond both the hype and science fiction portrayals of artificial intelligence to examine the real opportunities and challenges of AI.

Room 1: Katharine Hall
4:00 p.m.
Authors: Amir Husain, Paul Scharre

Moderator: Cara LaPointe

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

Cara LaPointe

Moderator - Cara LaPointe is a senior fellow at Georgetown University where she conducts research at the intersection of technology, policy and ethics within the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation. She came to Georgetown University from the White House where she served as the interim director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, a non-partisan leadership development program. During a career in the United States Navy which spanned over two decades, she held numerous roles in areas such as autonomous systems, acquisitions, and ship design and production, and she most recently served as the chief of staff to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems. Dr. LaPointe is a patented engineer, having co-designed a passive diver thermal protection system for deep-sea divers. She also served in the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama, developing public-private partnerships in support of veterans and military families. Dr. LaPointe holds a Ph.D. jointly from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and WHOI, M.S. and Nav. Eng. degrees from MIT, an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.

Life Reimagined: Surviving Middle Age


In Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife, long-time NPR reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty explains that midlife does not need to be a time when things go downhill for everyone, but rather be a time for new possibilities, purposes and pleasures.

Room 2: Barn Commons
10:00 a.m.
Author: Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Moderator: Iris Krasnow

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

Iris Krasnow

Moderator - Iris Krasnow , a graduate of Stanford University, became the fashion writer for the Dallas Times Herald, then moved to United Press International (UPI) in Washington, DC, to become the national feature writer. In her several years at UPI, she specialized in celebrity profiles, including Yoko Ono, Billy Graham, Ted Kennedy, and Normal Mailer. Ms. 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: Women Share What It Really Takes To Stay Married, and Sex After...Women Share How Intimacy Changes As Life Changes. Her writing has been featured in many national publications, including Parade, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. She has been a guest on numerous national television and radio programs including Oprah, Good Morning America, Today, All Things Considered, and CNN. Ms. Krasnow, a parent of four Key School alumni, is a longtime professor of journalism and women’s studies at American University.
Website: www.iriskrasnow.com

Cloak & Dagger: Hidden Stories of WWII


Meredith Hindley, author of Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II and Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, highlight riveting untold stories of WWII.

Room 2: Barn Commons
12:00 p.m.
Authors: Meredith Hindley, Liza Mundy
Moderator: Bernard D. Cole

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

Bernard D. Cole

Moderator - Bernard D. Cole was commissioned from the NROTC Unit at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served from 1965-1995 as a surface warfare officer in the Navy, including tours as commanding officer of USS Rathburne and commander, Destroyer Squadron 35. He was a naval gunfire liaison officer with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam from June 1967 to June 1968, including duty at Khe Sanh Combat Base during the Tet Offensive. Mr. Cole then served as a professor of maritime strategy at the National War College from 1995 to 2015. He currently works with the China team at CNA, and teaches a graduate course at Georgetown University. Mr. Cole has written many articles, book chapters, and eight books, most recently China’s Quest for Great Power: Ships, Oil, and Foreign Policy in China. He was named U.S. Naval Institute Press “Author of the Year” for 2014. Mr. Cole earned an A.B. in history from the University of North Carolina, an M.P.A. in national security affairs from the University of Washington, and Ph.D. in history from Auburn University.

Avoiding War with China


Renowned professor of international relations Amitai Etzioni, discusses the United States’ best strategy to reduce tension between two of the world’s major powers, specifically detailing how the U.S. can accommodate China’s regional rise with without undermining its own core interests, its allies and the international order.

Room 2: Barn Commons
3:00 p.m.
Author: Amitai Etzioni
Moderator: John Beed

Amitai 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

John Beed

Moderator - John Beed is a senior U.S. diplomat currently serving as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director to Guatemala. Mr. Beed has held a wide-range of leadership positions including USAID chair and faculty member at the National Defense University, and mission director in India where he guided one of the United States' most innovative global partnerships for reducing poverty and advancing sustainable development. He also served as USAID director in Paraguay and acting mission director in Egypt during the Arab Spring, and as counselor for Development Cooperation for the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, where he played a key role in mobilizing both public and private disaster recovery aid following Japan's 2011 earthquake. He is a former Congressional staff member and Tulane University graduate.

Politics: A Story of American Rage


Journalist Jared Yates Sexton discusses his firsthand account of the events that shaped the 2016 presidential election and the cultural forces that divided all political parties to send Donald Trump to the White House.

Room 2: Barn Commons
4:00 p.m.
Author: Jared Yates Sexton
Moderator: Drew Magary

Jared Yates Sexton

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

Named a Best Book of 2017 by the Coil, an independent literary magazine.

Jared Yates Sexton was one of the first journalists to attend and report from the 2016 Donald Trump rallies. His political writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, Salon, and elsewhere. Mr. Sexton 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

Drew Magary

Moderator - Drew Magary is a correspondent for GQ and a columnist for Deadspin. He is the author of the memoir Someone Could Get Hurt and the novels The Hike and The Postmortal. Mr. Magary's writing has appeared in such publications as New York, the Atlantic, Bon Appétit, the Huffington Post, Playboy, Rolling Stone. He’s been featured on Good Morning America and has been interviewed by USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and many others. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three kids, and is a Chopped champion.
Twitter: @drewmagary

Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet


Environmental writer McKay Jenkins discusses whether GMOs are a scientific breakthrough that will end world hunger or merely a way for giant corporations to control a problematic system.

Room 3: Science & Library Center, Rooms 101-102
10:00 a.m.
Author: McKay Jenkins
Moderator: Gavin Buckley

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

Gavin Buckley

Moderator - Gavin Buckley is the mayor of Annapolis. He was born in South Africa and raised in Perth, Australia. Mr. Buckley worked his way across the world after departing Perth in 1984. After he dropped anchor in Spa Creek in 1992 with only $200 in his pocket, he fell in love with Annapolis for its unique blend of history, maritime culture, and small-town friendliness. He is the owner of several Annapolis restaurants: Tsunami, Lemongrass, Metropolitan, and Sailor Oyster Bar--all located on West Street.
Twitter: twitter.com/CityofAnnapolis

The Natural Wonders of Assateague


Noted wildlife photographer Mark Hendricks discusses his book, Natural Wonders of Assateague Island, which captures the incredible biodiversity of this barrier island, including its wild horses, snowy owls and pristine beaches.

Room 3: Science & Library Center, Rooms 101-102
11:00 a.m.
Author: Mark Hendricks
Moderator: Alyssa MacMeekin

Mark Hendricks

Natural Wonders of Assateague Island

Mark Hendricks has been named a finalist for the Foreward Review Regional Non-Fiction award for 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

Alyssa MacMeekin

Moderator - Alyssa MacMeekin is a biology teacher at The Key School. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Muhlenberg College then went on to earn a master of arts degree in teaching from the Citadel. She has been teaching science at the high school level for ten years, and joined the Key community in 2016. As a teacher who enjoys using the world around her as a classroom, moving to the Chesapeake Bay area was very exciting as there are endless opportunities for the students to explore a variety of ecosystems, species and biological phenomena right in their backyard.

Navy Football: Return to Glory


Author and journalist T.C. Cameron tracks Navy football from its height in the 1950s and 1960s with Heisman Trophy-winning players Roger Staubach and Joe Bellico, to its struggles in subsequent years, and back to a rise in glory today with Ken Niumatalolo, the winningest coach in Academy history.

Room 3: Science & Library Center, Rooms 101-102
1:00 p.m.
Author: T.C. Cameron
Moderator: Alexis Martin

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

Alexis Martin

Moderator - Alexis Martin has been working in high school and collegiate athletics for the past fourteen years, the last ten at The Key School. She holds an undergraduate degree from Salisbury University in athletic training and a master's degree from Old Dominion University in sports management. Upon graduation from Salisbury, Ms. Martin accepted an internship at the United States Naval Academy where she stayed for two years working primarily with the football and men’s lacrosse programs. She loves that at Key she is able to blend both her degree’s to support the Athletics program as the assistant athletic director and athletic trainer.

Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and "The Streak"


Award-winning sports columnist for the Baltimore Sun John Eisenberg discusses baseball’s “Ironmen” Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken Jr. who each achieved the game’s coveted record of most consecutive games played and asks whose streak was the more difficult achievement and determines that a number of factors, including the length of seasons, number of teams in the leagues, travel, technology, inclusion of non-white players, and medical advances, among others, all played a role.

Room 3: Science & Library Center, Rooms 101-102
2:00 p.m.
Author: John Eisenberg
Moderator: Gary Gallant

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

Gary Gallant

Moderator - Gary Gallant is the quintessential baseball fan. He is deeply passionate about the game and its teams, players, stadiums, strategy, statistics, legacy, and future. His main focus for the last 20 years has centered on youth baseball, coaching dozens of recreational and travel teams in New Jersey and Maryland. Expanding on his love to teach the game, Mr. Gallant is now a high school assistant varsity baseball coach. He is an attorney, living in Annapolis with his wife and three children who are Key students and an alumna.

A Local Hero's Journey from War to the Olympics


Lieutenant Brad Snyder talks about the incredible story of his tragic accident while serving in Afghanistan in 2011 and his rise to Olympic glory at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Room 3: Science & Library Center, Rooms 101-102
3:00 p.m.
Author: Brad Snyder
Moderator: Jeffrey Wells

Brad Snyder

Fire in My Eyes: An American Warrior's Journey from Being Blinded on the Battlefield to Gold Medal Victory (co-author Tom Sileo)

Brad Snyder is a retired U.S. Navy EOD officer who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. After a battlefield injury that resulted in complete blindness, he began his second career as a U.S. paralympian. Mr. Snyder has competed at two Paralympic Games, earning a total of five Gold medals, two Silver medals, and a World Record.
Twitter: @bradsnyderusa
Facebook: facebook.com/BradSnyderUSA
Website: www.bradsnyder.us

Jeffrey Wells

Moderator - Jeffrey Wells, a disabled Navy Veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, has founded several non-profits, including the Connected Warrior Foundation (CWF), the mission of which is to improve the quality of life and offer suicide prevention for veterans by facilitating increased connection to their families, friends, community and the world through means including technology (existing as well as innovative), events, resources and community outreach. In addition to his non-profit work, he consults globally, offering cyber and national security guidance and insights to multi-national corporations and governments. Mr. Wells is currently the Cyber Entrepreneur in Residence at UMBC and a founding partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST National Cyber Security Center of Excellence. Additionally, he is a board member of the Valhalla Sailing Project, a fellow for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and supports such organizations as EOD Warrior Foundation, Special Operations Command Family Support, Navy Seal Foundation, and the Travis Manion Foundation. Mr. Wells received his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He lives in Annapolis with his wife and two children, both of whom are Key School alumni.

GOOOOOOOOOAL!!!


This panel is all about soccer. Sebastian Abbot, author of The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars tells of a group of African boys as they join the fancy Doha academy and train to compete for the chance to gain fame and fortune in Europe’s top football clubs. Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl, author of Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game, talks about key players and managers to reveal how they strategize on and off the pitch and execute in high performance game situations.

Room 3: Science & Library Center, Rooms 101-102
4:00 p.m.
Authors: Sebastian Abbot, Grant Wahl
Moderator: Alexandra Wrage

Sebastian Abbot

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

Alexandra Wrage

Moderator - Alexandra Wrage is president and founder of Trace International. She hosts the popular weekly podcast "Bribe, Swindle or Steal," is a guest blogger for Forbes, and speaks frequently on topics of transparency, good governance and the hidden costs of corruption. Ms. Wrage was a member of FIFA’s failed Independent Governance Committee and serves on the B20 Taskforce on Anti-Corruption, drafting recommendations for G20 leaders to consider in their global economic policies. She was named one of the “Canadians Changing the World” by the Toronto Globe & Mail and one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” by the Maryland Daily Record. Ms. Wrage has been awarded the Women in Compliance “Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Compliance Industry.” Raised in Canada, she studied law at King’s College, Cambridge University.

So We Beat On:
Characters Grappling with the Past


Jimin Han talks about her debut novel A Small Revolution, which portrays college students Yoona Lee and Lloyd Kang as they battle their past demons and find hope through friendship and love. Baltimore writer Rafael Alvarez, author of Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown, profiles the immigrants of East Baltimore and their struggle of exile and desire to keep their folklore alive.

Room 4: Science & Library Center, Library
10:00 a.m.
Authors: Rafael Alvarez, Jimin Han
Moderator: Leeya Mehta

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

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

Leeya Mehta

Moderator - Leeya Mehta’s prize-winning poetry, fiction and non-fiction have been published in the US, UK and India. She is the winner of the 2016 Readers’ Choice Award from DistrictLit, a finalist for the 18th Annual Arts and Letters Rumi Prize for Poetry, and an International Publication Award in 2017-2018 with the Atlanta Review. Ms. Mehta is the author of The Towers of Silence and an editor with Plume and Origins Journal. She grew up in Mumbai and was a Radhakrishnan Scholar at Oxford University. After travels through the Arctic borderlands and Japan, she lives in Washington, DC and has just completed a novel set in Mumbai and Washington.

How Far Would You Go?


Amy Poeppel discusses her novel Small Admissions about the highly competitive world of private school admissions in New York City. Erika Robuck talks about her new novel #Hockeystrong, a tale of how competitive hockey is not just for fun anymore―it is a way of life. Matthew Klam, author of Who Is Rich?, discusses his book, which is a satirical story of love, money and politics at a weekend-long arts conference in a quaint New England coastal town.

Room 4: Science & Library Center, Library
11:00 a.m.
Authors: Matthew Klam, Amy Poeppel, Erika Robuck
Moderator: Cheryl Klam

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

Cheryl Klam

Moderator - Cheryl Klam is a New York Times bestselling author who has written more than a dozen books for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins. Her book Elusion (coauthored by Claudia Gabel) was named by the Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature as one of the best children’s books of the year. Her work has been published in sixteen different languages and has been optioned for film and television. She is also a former actress, and is best known for her work in Sam Raimi’s short films and his cult classic The Evil Dead.
Website: cherylklam.com; Twitter: @Cherylklam; Facebook: CherylKlamAuthor

Annabelle Gurwitch:
Actress, Author, Activist


Annabelle Gurwitch discusses her hysterically funny collection of essays, titled Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To about her own dysfunctional family of bootleggers, gamblers and philanderers.

Room 4: Science & Library Center, Library
12:00 p.m.
Author: Annabelle Gurwitch
Moderator: Bethanne Patrick

Annabelle 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.

Watch Ms. Gurwitch's recent Tedx Talk titled "Eureka, Insanity or Inspiration."

Moderator - Bethanne Patrick, a contributing editor at Lit Hub, is a writer and critic whose reviews appear frequently in the Washington Post and on NPR Books, among other publications. She is one of Flavorwire's "35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet" and created the popular #FridayReads. The author of several books, including the 2016 anthology The Books That Changed My Life, Ms. Patrick is currently writing a memoir for the Counterpoint Press. She is on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and lives in Northern Virginia with her family.



The Art and Craft of Flash Fiction


A panel of published flash fiction authors read from their work and discuss topics such as the process of writing flash fiction, how it differs from other fictional forms, the dangers of a “twist” ending, and reasons for its gaining popularity.

Room 4: Science & Library Center, Library
1:00 p.m.
Author/Panelists: Tyrese L. Coleman, Chelsea Leigh Horne, J.G. McClure
Moderator: Lynn Auld Schwartz

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

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

Lynn Auld Schwartz

Moderator - Lynn Auld Schwartz is a writer and story development editor, and has ghostwritten three books. Her plays and staged readings have been performed in Atlanta and New York City, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Ms. Schwartz has received two Individual Artist Awards in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council and a 2014 Literary Arts Annie Award from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. She produces and directs the ongoing "Page to Stage" series in Annapolis, which offers adult and teen writers the opportunity to share their stories on stage. A graduate of the City College of New York, Columbia University, and acting conservatory, the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Ms. Schwartz has taught fiction, flash fiction and memoir at St. John’s College and the Writer’s Center, and is a guest artist for Anne Arundel County’s Performing and Visual Arts High School Magnet Program. www.writerswordhouse.com

Foreign Authors Look at America


Four acclaimed international authors from different parts of the world share their experiences in the United States and give their impressions of the country and the people who live here.

Room 4: Science & Library Center, Library
2:00 p.m.
Author/Panelists: Roberto Brodsky, Nawaf Ashur Haskan, Khet Mar, Leeya Mehta
Moderator: Matthew Davis

Roberto Brodsky

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.

Nawaf Ashur Haskan

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

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

Leeya Mehta

Leeya Mehta’s prize-winning poetry, fiction and non-fiction have been published in the US, UK and India. She is the winner of the 2016 Readers’ Choice Award from DistrictLit, a finalist for the 18th Annual Arts and Letters Rumi Prize for Poetry, and an International Publication Award in 2017-2018 with the Atlanta Review. Ms. Mehta is the author of The Towers of Silence and an editor with Plume and Origins Journal. She grew up in Mumbai and was a Radhakrishnan Scholar at Oxford University. After travels through the Arctic borderlands and Japan, she lives in Washington, DC and has just completed a novel set in Mumbai and Washington.

Matthew Davis

Moderator - Matthew Davis is the founding director of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University. He's the author of When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter's Tale and has been a Fulbright Fellow to Syria and Jordan. Mr. Davis is also currently an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America.







Historical Fiction: Bringing the Past to Life


Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, in My Dear Hamilton, tell of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton―a general’s daughter, a founding father’s wife, and the last surviving light of the Revolution. Heather Webb, in The Phantom’s Apprentice, takes a fresh look at the world of 19th century Paris and how an opera diva must break free from her father’s expectations in order to become her own grand illusionist.

Room 4: Science & Library Center, Library
3:00 p.m.
Authors: Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Heather Webb
Moderator: Erika Robuck

Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton

My Dear Hamilton is featured in BookBub Blog as one of the "10 Upcoming Historical Fiction Books Inspired by Real-Life Women."

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.

Heather Webb

The Phantom’s Apprentice

Heather Webb is the international bestselling author of women’s historical novels Becoming Josephine, Rodin’s Lover, Last Christmas in Paris, and The Phantom’s Apprentice, which have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and more. To date, her novels have sold in multiple countries worldwide. Ms. Webb is also a professional freelance editor, and teaches craft courses at a local college. When not writing, you may find her collecting cookbooks or looking for excuses to travel. She lives in New England with her family.
Twitter: @msheatherwebb; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msheatherwebb/ (Heather Webb, Author); Website: www.HeatherWebb.net

Erika Robuck

Moderator - 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

A Parent's Story of the Opioid Epidemic


Annapolitan Lisa Hillman, author of Secret No More: A True Story of Hope for Parents with an Addicted Child, tells the story of her struggle with her son’s opioid addiction and the road to survival for the addict and his entire family.

Room 4: Science & Library Center, Library
4:00 p.m.
Author: Lisa Hillman
Moderator: Howard Ashkin

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

Howard Ashkin

Moderator - Howard Ashkin is a licensed psychiatrist assistant with a 40 year history of providing clinical, administrative, management, and executive services in multiple settings, including outpatient and inpatient behavioral health, emergency departments, 24 hour call centers, and since 2001, opioid treatment programs. He currently serves as the director of access services and community engagement for MedMark Treatment Centers. Mr. Ashkin has been an active member of the Maryland Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD) for many years, serving on the board of directors since 2015, and currently, as its president. He earned his master's degree in mental health from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry in 1981.

Children's Books


Room : Manse Addition
10:30 a.m. Courtney-Pippin Mathur
Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool

11:00 a.m. Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr
The Real McCoys

Robbi Behr and 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/

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

Young Adult Fiction & Non-Fiction


Room 5: Manse Addition
11:30 a.m. Leah Henderson
One Shadow on the Wall
12:30 p.m. JJ Strong
Us Kids Know
1:30 p.m. Andrea Gonzales
Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting it Done

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

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: leahhen

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 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: JJ Strong; Website: jjstrong.com

An Afternoon Tasting with Kerry Dunnington


Food columnist, judge, recipe developer, and culinary consultant Kerry Dunnington prepares a sample tasting from her new cookbook The Seasonal Kitchen. From easy weekday meals to fancy entertaining events, her recipes use locally and globally sourced foods and span the spectrum from morning bites to dessert, from savory to sweet.

Room 5: Manse Addition
3:00 p.m.
Author: Kerry Dunnington
Moderator: Misti Dragano

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

Misti Dragano

Moderator - Misti Dragano, along with her husband Chef Dave Pow, are restaurant entrepreneurs in Annapolis. Their restaurants Soul – recently named Annapolis’ Best New Restaurant and Best Chef – and Blue Rooster Café, bring a modern twist to Southern comfort food. Supporting local farmers, brewers, bakers and roasters, their restaurants highlight the abundant agriculture and farming spirit of Maryland. Ms. Dragano has a twenty-year career in marketing and public relations. Her daughter is a student at Key School.
Facebook: @MistiDragano, @SoulAnnapolis, @BlueRoosterCafe

Therapy Animals as Healers


Clementine K. Fujimura, author of Cultural Dimensions of Well-Being: Therapy Animals as Healers, examines the cultural history of human-animal relations in Germany, Japan, Russia, and the United States, focusing on the use of animals for comfort, healing and in developing a sense of well-being. Caring Canines, therapy dogs from Dogwood Acres, will be on hand during the panel.

Room 8: Amphitheater
12:00 p.m.
Author: Clementine K. Fujimura
Moderator: Donna L. Cole

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

Clementine K. 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.

Donna L. Cole

Moderator - Donna L. Cole is an Associated Press award-winning broadcast journalist. She is host of the 1430 Connection radio show at WNAV in Annapolis. A freelance writer and photographer, Ms. Cole's work has appeared in numerous publications and online media. She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where she worked in secure communications and assisted with the public relations needs of the Naval Communications Area Master Station Mediterranean.
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