Annapolis Book Festival Annapolis Book Festival 2008


Supreme Court Panel

A Panel Discussion on the Confirmation Process and the Future of the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Panel

Moderator: Kenneth Starr - Mr. Starr, former Independent Counsel, judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Solicitor General for the United States, is currently the Dean of Pepperdine Law School. First Among Equals:  The Supreme Court in American Life.

Jan Crawford Greenburg - Ms. Crawford is a University of Chicago Law School alumna and legal correspondent for ABC News. Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court.

Ben Wittes - Mr. Wittes is a fellow at The Brookings Institute, a columnist for The New Republic Online, and a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly. Confirmation Wars: Preserving Independent Courts in Angry Times.

The Annapolis Book Festival is Saturday, April 26, from 10 am to 5 pm.

Now in its sixth year, it is an interactive, intergenerational celebration of the written word, fostering a love of literacy and learning in Anne Arundel County.

Hosted by The Key School Parents’ Association and held on The Key School campus, the event is free and open to the public and directly underwritten by sponsors from our community.

Nationally-known authors will be on hand to speak about and sign their books.

Parenting Track

Child Development and Parenting: Bobbi Conner - Ms. Conner is the creator and host of the award-winning National Public Radio program The Parent’s Journal. Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun. Everyday Opportunities for Extraordinary Parenting.

Raising Tweens and Teens: Rosalind Wiseman - Ms. Wiseman is an internationally recognized educator on children, teens, parenting, education and social justice. Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Difficult Parents in Your Child's Life. Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence.

Gender Matters: Leonard Sax - Dr. Sax is a family physician and research psychologist with his own private practice in Poolesville, MD. Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men. Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences.

Maggi Ann Grace - Ms. Grace writes of her personal experience of searching for affordable health care overseas when it was not available in the United States. State of the Heart: A Medical Tourist’s True Story of Lifesaving surgery in India.

Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas: The Press

Helen Thomas is a noted news service reporter, a Hearst Newspapers columnist, and member of the White House Press Corps. She has served for 57 years as a correspondent and White House bureau chief for United Press International (UPI). Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public.

Walter Isaacson: Genius

Mr. Isaacson is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Einstein:  His Life and Universe. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. Kissinger: A Biography. The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

Tom Oliphant: The Bush Presidency

Mr. Oliphant was a correspondent for The Boston Globe for over 35 years, serving for more than half that time as a Washington, DC based columnist. Utter Incompetents: Ego and Ideology in the Age of Bush.

Martin Smartt Bell: Toussaint Louverture - Patriot of Haiti

Toussaint Louverture:  A Biography. Charm City:  A Walk Through Baltimore. The Stone that the Builder Refused. Master of the Crossroads. All Soul’s Rising. Mr. Smartt Bell is a professor at Goucher College where he directs the Kratz Center for Creative Writing. His novel All Souls’ Rising was a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award and nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Steven Frantzich: C-SPAN’s Beginnings

Mr. Frantzich is a professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy and the author of numerous books on the American political process. Founding Father: How C-Span’s Brian Lamb Changed Politics in America. Citizen Democracy: Political Activists in a Cynical Age (People, Passions, and Power).


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Women in Politics Panel

DeeDee MyersModerator: Dee Dee Myers - Ms. Myers  was White House Press Secretary during the Clinton administration and was the first woman to serve in that position. She is currently a political analyst and commentator for MSNBC and a contributing editor for Vanity Fair. She is the author of Why Women Should Rule the World.

Glenn Kessler - The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy. Mr. Kessler is a diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post.

Marc Sandalow - Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi's Life, Times, and Rise to Power. Mr. Sandalow is a former DC bureau chief for The San Francisco Chronicle.

Don Van Natta Jr. - Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mr. Van Natta, Jr. is an author and investigative correspondent for The New York Times, where he was a member of three Pulitzer Prize-winning teams.

Health Care In America

Moderator:  Susan Dentzer - Ms. Dentzer is head of the Health Care Policy Unit at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.

Shannon Brownlee - Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer. Ms. Brownlee is a writer whose stories, essays, and opinion pieces about medicine and health care have appeared in numerous publications. She is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

Jonathan Cohn - Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis - and the People Who Pay for It. Mr. Cohn is a senior editor at The New Republic magazine, a media fellow at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and a senior fellow at Demos, a non-partisan public policy center that is headquartered in New York City.

Phillip Longman - Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care Is Better Than Yours. Mr. Longman is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

Family Performances in the Amphitheater

Books! The Magic is Real! - Joe Romano returns to the Annapolis Book Festival for the third time to present his show that brings books to life through the art of magic and illusion.

Gayle Danley and the Poetry Slam - International poetry slam champion Gayle Danley will both entertain and lead families in creating their own slam poetry.

Nada Brahma - Nada Brahma’s high-energy performances provide an exciting introduction to world music, including songs and instruments from the Caribbean, Andes Mountains, Central and South America, Australian Outback, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North America.

Children’s Tent

Ongoing All Day on the Pre-School Playgroud
Storytelling and activities geared towards younger children

Life Stories Panel: Straddling Worlds

Steven Harper - Straddling Worlds:  The Jewish-American Journey of Professor Richard W. Leopold. Crossing Hoffa:  A Teamster’s Story. Mr. Harper is a partner in the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.

Nina Khrushcheva - Nabokov: Between Art and Politics. Ms. Khrushchevais a senior fellow at the New School Institute. She is the granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Civil War Panel

Moderator: Craig Symonds - Mr. Symonds is a former history professor at the United States Naval Academy

Joe Glatthaar - General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse. Mr. Glatthaar is a history professor at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Charles W. Mitchell - Maryland Voices of the Civil War. A medical publisher by occupation, Mr. Mitchell presents a collection of letters, memoirs, and newspaper articles delineating the far-reaching effects of the war on the state.

The Environment and Your Health Panel

Moderator:  Susan Dentzer - Ms. Dentzer is head of the Health Care Policy Unit at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.

Kenneth A. Bock - Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4A Disorders. Dr. Bock is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is a certified clinical nutrition specialist.

Donna Jackson Nakazawa - The Autoimmune Society: An Emerging Epidemic of Bodies Gone Haywire in a World Out of Balance. Ms. Jackson is a nationally acclaimed researcher, writer and public speaker on health and family issues.

Caregiving Panel

Elinor Ginzler - Caring for Your Parents: The Complete Family Guide. Ms. Ginzler is a manager for AARP specializing in independent living, long-term care, brand management and membership.

Suzanne Mintz - A Family Caregiver Speaks Up: It Doesn’t Have To Be This Hard. Ms. Mintz is the president and founder of the National Family Caregivers’ Association.

Fiction Panel:
Writing A Series

Lauren Willig - The Seduction of the Crimson Rose. The Deception of the Emerald Ring. The Masque of the Black Tulip. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Ms. Willig is a graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School and is a litigation associate in New York City.

Fire in the Mind and Heart
Alan Cheuse
- The Fires. Mr. Cheuse is the author of numerous works of fiction and is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered as a book reviewer and commentator.

Coming of Age
Jeff Garigliano
- Dogface. Mr. Garigliano, a graduate of the Naval Academy, is a senior editor for Condé Nast in New York City.

Three Generations in Persia Maryam Tabibzadeh - Persian Dreams. Ms. Tabibzadeh is a native of Persia (Iran) who has written many novels and poems in Persian.  This is her first novel in English.

A Novel of the Chesapeake George Callaghan - Heron’s Poynte. Mr. Callaghan is a retired filmmaker whose first novel takes place on the Chesapeake Bay.

Signing and Conversation

The following authors will be among those autographing their books in the Activity Building.

WWII Aviation
Jane Gardner Birch -
They Flew Proud. Ms. Birch won the 2007 Combs Gates Award awarded by the National Aviation Hall of Fame for her book, inspired by the WWII experience of her father, Gardner Birch, a flight instructor in the Civilian Pilot Training Program.

Margaret Burroughs
- Close Ups of History: Three decades through the lens of an AP photographer. Ms. Burroughs is the widow of AP Photographer Hank Burroughs.

Roger Miller - Annapolis: A Portrait. Naval Academy: A Portrait. Mr. Miller is a freelance photographer specializing in the mid-Atlantic area.




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Cookbook Kitchen

Ann Amernick - The Art of the Dessert. Ms. Amernick is a former White House pastry chef and five time James Beard nominee. She is currently the pastry chef at restaurant Jean-Louis at the Watergate in Washington, D.C. and is co-owner of Palena Restaurant.

Monica Bhide - The Everything Indian Cookbook: 300 Tantalizing Recipes--From Sizzling Tandoori Chicken to Fiery Lamb. VindalooThe Spice is Right: Easy Indian Cooking and The Everything Indian Cookbook. Ms. Bhide has written about food for The New York Times, The Washington Post and numerous other national publications.



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Slam Poetry

Gayle Danley - International poetry slam champion Gayle Danley will lead you in creating your own slam poetry. This workshop is geared towards ages 10-18 and is limited to 20 participants.

Preserving the Past

Daniel Cohen - Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web. Mr. Cohen is an assistant professor of history and art history at George Mason University and the director of research projects at the Center for History and New Media. Mr. Cohen will present an interactive workshop on preserving your digital records.


Raffle of The Storybook Chairs - Created by local artists, inspired by great books. Seven separate raffles. Drawings at 4 pm.

Book Sales: Hear your favorite author, buy the book and get it autographed! New Book Sales throughout the day coordinated by Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers.

Scholastic Books: Choose from thousands of children’s books, some silly, some serious – and all geared towards younger readers.

Used Books: Huge selection of used books for readers of all ages and interests.

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