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Past Authors


The Annapolis Book Festival is known for featuring top fiction and non-fiction authors, year after year. Past authors have included:

Diane Rehm, Michael Hayden, Alberto Gonzales, Lisa Genova, DeRay Mckesson, Chris Matthews, Rabia Chaudry, Jim Lehrer, Alice McDermott, Thomas Dolby, April Ryan, Michael Isikoff, Andrea Mitchell, Jeffery Deaver, Gwen Ifill, Laura Lippman, D. Watkins, Ronald Kessler, Jake Tapper, Kenneth Starr, Jonathan Fields, Dee Dee Meyers, Mark Shriver, Kathie Lee Gifford, Debbie Levy, Daniel Pink, James Fallows, and Juan Williams.


2019 Headline Authors

James Fallows

DeRay Mckesson


Michael Isikoff



Ken Starr

Authors/Presenters who appeared in 2019: Cathy Barrow, Ivan J. Bates, Peter Blauner, Renee Brooks Catacalos, Liv Constantine, Alex Cortright, Kevin Cowherd, Timothy Denevi, Mark Di Ionno, Michael Dobbs, Maggie Dods, April Doss, Tope Folarin, Kurt Fried, Laura Gehl, Jo Geise, Greg Grandin, David Grinspoon, Maria Hiaasen, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Beth Kanter, Ronald Kessler, Iris Krasnow, Andy Kutler, Nancy Lawson, Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Kyle Marsh, Roger McNamee, Anne Merrill, Jayne Miller, Barbara Klein Moss, Vivek Narayanan, Doug Norton, Maria Leonard Olsen, Bethanne Patrick, Aliya Peremel, David Reichenbaugh, Gary Reiner, Marc Rodriguez, Peggy Rowe, Chloe Schwenke, Kathryn Schwille, Arjun Singh Sethi, Sother Teague, Olufemi Terry, Brian VanDeMark, Joann Vaughn, Ginger Woolridge, Alexandra Wrage, Stephen Wrage

2018 Headline Authors

Chris Matthews

chris matthews next to his book

Lisa Genova

image of lisa genova next to her book

April Ryan

april ryan next to her book

Authors/Presenters who appeared in 2018: Sebastian Abbot, Rafael Alvarez, Robbi Behr, Roberto Brodsky, T.C. Cameron, Korva Coleman, Tyrese L. Coleman, Stephanie Dray, Kerry Dunnington, Amitai Etzioni, John Eisenberg, Clementine K. Fujimura, Andrea Gonzales, Garrett M. Graff, Annabelle Gurwitch, Jacob S. Hacker, Barbara Bradley Haggerty, Jimin Han, Nawaf Ashur Haskan, Leah Henderson, Mark Hendricks, Lisa Hillman, Meredith Hindley, Chelsea Leigh Horne, Amir Husain, McKay Jenkins, Laura Kamoie, Cheryl Klam, Matthew Klam, Iris Krasnow, Drew Magary, Michael E. Mann, Khet Mar, Chris Matthews, J.G. McClure, Leeya Mehta, Liza Mundy, Miles O'Brien, Bethanne Patrick, Courtney Pippin-Mathur, Amy Poeppel, Daniel Pink, Denise Robbins, Ericka Robuck, April Ryan, Paul Scharre, Lynn Auld Schwartz, Jared Yates Sexton, Amy Siskind, Brad Snyder, JJ Strong, Matthew Swanson, Evan Thomas, Tom Toles, Grant Wahl, Heather Webb

2017 Headline Authors

Michael V. Hayden

Mark K. Shriver


Thomas Dolby


Authors/Presenters who appeared in 2017: Jonathan S. Addleton, Beebe Bahrami, Sybil Baker, Louis Bayard, Gary Belsky, Marie Benedict, Stephens Broening, Kate Anderson Brower, Stacia L. Brown, Rabia Chaudry, Alejandro Danois, Jeffery Deaver, Stefanie DeLuca, Dario DiBattista, Thomas Dolby, Kathry J. Edin, Jennifer Farley, Suzanne Feldman, Jonathan Fields, Amy Gary, John Gilstrap, Pamela Haag, Colin D. Halloran, Lauren Kay Halloran, Michael V. Hayden, Frederic B. Hill, Tom Horton, Margaret Hutton, Dini Duran Karasik, Brendan Kiely, Debbie Levy, Greer Macallister, Peter Manseau, Lisa Maxwell, Richard McCann, Eva KL Miller, Barbara Klein Moss, Stewart Moss, Cait Murphy, Daniel Nathan, Daniel Palmer, Matthew Palmer, Bethanne Patrick, Kathy Wielech Patterson, Neal Patterson, Jason Reynolds, Erika Robuck, Mark K. Shriver, Rachel Starnes, Brian W. Stolarz, Marlene Trestman, Timothy Young

2016 Headline Authors

Diane Rehm

David E. Hoffman


Amy Ellis Nutt

Authors/Presenters who appeared in 2016: Matt Bai, Claude Berube, Dana Cann, Jen Chaney, Ron Childress, August Cole, Susan Coll, Dan Connelly, Scott Cooper, Joseph Cummins, Matthew Davis, Dario DiBattista, Tim Dinevi, Larry Doyle, Stephanie Dray, Bob Drury, Beth Fantaskey, Jeffrey Greene, Jessie Hartland, David E. Hoffman, Terry Catusus Jennings, Brigid Kemmerer, Ibram X. Kendi, Kathryn Kramer, Jessica Lahey, Allison Leotta, Adele Levine, Greer Macallister, Jamie Madigan, Peter Manseau, T. Michael Martin, Bethany McLean, Reid Mitenbuler, Mark Moyar, Donna Jackson Nakazawa, Doug Norton, Amy Ellis Nutt, Bethanne Patrick, Sarah Pekkanen, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Gregory Priebe, Nicole Priebe, Ted Rall, Diane Rehm, A. Lynden Rolland, Seton Rossini, Jake Russell, Phyllis Saroff, Canden Schwantes, Chris Scotten, Scott Shane, John Shields, Lauren R. Silberman, Ronald L. Smith, Ben Strauss, Susan Stockdale, Bill Sykan, Evan Thomas, Greg Toppo, Michael J. Tougias, Benjamin Warner, D. Watkins, Tim Weiner, Richard Whittle

Authors/Presenters who appeared in 2015: A.X. Ahmad, Catherine Asaro, Mary Lou Baker, Louis Bayard, Mikita Brottman, Jamie Brown, Tonier Cain, Jack Campbell, W. Joseph Campbell, Andrea Chapin, Edith Ching, Aviva Chomsky, Pamela Constable, Alex Cortright, Timothy Denevi, Jim Dwyer, Amitai Etzioni, Zachary Fallon, Bruce Ferber, Charles E. Gannon, Martin Goldsmith, Alberto R. Gonzales, Kim Greco, David Greene, Jamison Hensley, Kathy Hunt, Rob Kasper, Cheryl Klam, Glen Kurtz, Bill Lambrecht, Eric Lichtblau, Barbara Lockhart, Drew Magary, T. Michael Martin, Suajta Massey, Kembrew McLeod, Kate Milford, Barbara Klein Moss, Michael Moss, Diane Muldrow, Alex Myers, Miles O'Brien, Laura Oliver, John A. Nagl, Bethanne Patrick, Diana Peterfreund, Boog Powell, James Risen, Erika Robuck, Marc Rotenberg, Joe Schreiber, Jason Sheehan, Adam Sobel, Marc Steiner, Neely Tucker, John C. Unitas Jr., Jesse Walker, Gernot Wagner, Sarah Wildman, Timothy Young, Dan Zevin

Authors/Presenters who appeared in 2014: A.X. Ahmad, Kwame Alexander, Paul M. Barrett, Artie Bennett, Louis Bayard, Claude Berube, Michael Buckley, David Chapelle, Angelique Clarke, Alex Cortright, Kevin Cowherd, Catherine Crawford, Bob Ehrlich, Al From, Janice Gary, Elizabeth Glass Geltman, Charles Ota Heller, Daniel Klaidman, Cheryl Klam, Robert Kolker, Iris Krasnow, Debbie Levy, Bill Lusby, Bryan MacKay, Drew Magary, Sujata Massey, Alice McDermott, Seamus McGraw, Emily Miller, Jayne Miller, Edward O. Murdy, John A. Musick, Lea Nolan, Doug Norton, Meg Daley Olmert, Valerie Ormond, Bethanne Patrick, Todd S. Purdum, Michael Rex, A. Lynden Rolland, Penelope Rowlands, John Sazaklis, Jill Smokler, Bruce Spizer, Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, Evan Thomas, Daniel W. Webster, Craig R. Whitney, Tom Wilbur, Juan Williams