Key School to host 14th Annual Annapolis Book Festival

| February 28, 2016

Key SchoolRadio talk show host Diane Rehm of WAMU’s the Diane Rehm Show, Pulitzer Prize-winners David E. Hoffman, Amy Ellis Nutt and Tim Weiner, as well as former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, D. Watkins and Evan Thomas, are among many distinguished speakers already scheduled to appear at the 2016 Annapolis Book Festival on Saturday, April 16, at The Key School.

The Annapolis Book Festival is a free community event that features a full day of discussions with best-selling authors, as well as book signings, family activities and new and used book sales. The Festival draws approximately 3,000 visitors to Key School each year to celebrate the written word.

In addition to author appearances, the 14th annual Festival includes family-friendly entertainment and educational performances, live music and a variety of interactive children’s activities including ComicKey, a family-friendly comic adventure for children and teens with an exciting line up of comic writers and illustrators.

The Annapolis Book Festival will be held on the campus of The Key School at 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD, 21403 on Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Designed to promote and celebrate reading among all ages and interests, the event is free and open to the public.

2016 Annapolis Book Festival Authors 

While authors are confirming participation weekly, as of February 16, we are pleased to announce the following authors will be appearing at the 2016 Festival:

· Diane Rehm — Radio talk show host and author of On My Own
· David E. Hoffman — Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
· Amy Ellis Nutt — Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
· Tim Weiner — Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon
· Matt Bai — author of All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid
· Jen Chaney — author of As If!: the Oral History of Clueless as Told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew
· Ron Childress — author of And West Is West: A Novel
· August Cole — author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
· Dan Connolly — author of 100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
· Joseph Cummins — author of Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns
· Stephanie Dray — author of America’s First Daughter: A Novel
· Bob Drury — author of A Dog’s Gift: The Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed by Man’s Best Friend
· Beth Fantaskey — author of Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter
· Jeffrey Greene — author of In Pursuit of Wild Edibles: A Forager’s Tour
· Jessie Hartland — author of Steve Jobs: Insanely Great
· Terry Catasús Jennings — author of Sounds of the Savanna
· Brigid Kemmerer — author of Thicker than Water
· Ibram X. Kendi — author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
· Kathryn Kramer — author of Missing History: The Covert Education of a Child of the Great Books
· Jessica Lahey — author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
· Adele Levine — author of Run, Don’t Walk: The Curious and Courageous Life Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center
· Jamie Madigan — author of Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People Who Play Them
· Peter Manseau — author of One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History
· T. Michael Martin — author of Mr. Fahrenheit
· Bethany McLean — author of Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants
· Reid Mitenbuler — author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey
· Mark Moyar — author of Strategic Failure: How President Obama’s Drone Warfare, Defense Cuts, and Military Amateurism Have Imperiled America
· Donna Nakazawa — author of Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology and How You Can Heal
· Bethanne Patrick — author of The Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People
· Sarah Pekkanen — author of Things You Won’t Say: A Novel
· Dolen Perkins-Valdez — author of Balm: A Novel
· Gregory & Nicole Priebe — authors of Forgotten Maryland Cocktails: A History of Drinking in the Free State
· Ted Rall — author of Snowden
· A. Lynden Rolland— author of Of Delicate Pieces
· Seton Rossini — author of Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show
· Jake Russell — author of 100 Things Nationals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
· Phyllis Saroff — illustrator of Sounds of the Savanna
· Canden Schwantes — author of Wild Women of Washington, D.C.: A History of Disorderly Conduct from the Ladies of the District
· Christopher Scotton — author of The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
· Scott Shane — author of Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone
· John Shields — author of The 25th Anniversary Edition of Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields
· Kevin Shird — author of Lessons of Redemption: A Story of drugs, Guns, Violence, and Prison
· Lauren R. Silberman — author of Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State
· Ronald L. Smith — author of Hoodoo
· Susan Stockdale — author of Spectacular Spots
· Ben Strauss — author of Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA
· Bill Syken — author of Hangman’s Game: A Nick Gallow Mystery
· Evan Thomas — author of Being Nixon: A Man Divided
· Greg Toppo — author of The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter
· Michael J. Tougias — author of Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy
· Benjamin Warner — author of Thirst: A Novel
· D. Watkins — author of The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America
· Richard Whittle — author of Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution 

Visit the Annapolis Book Festival Authors page for the most up-to-date listing as the number of authors will continue to grow.

2016 Annapolis Book Festival Children’s Activities 

In addition to children’s and young adult authors including Beth Fantaskey (Isabel Feeny, Star Reporter), Ronald L. Smith (Hoodoo),  Terry Catasús Jennings and Phyllis Saroff (Sounds of the Savanna), Susan Stockdale (Spectacular Spots), Brigid Kemmerer (Thicker than Water), and T. Michael Martin (Mr. Fahrenheit) the following are among the many family activities offered:

ComicKey—a family-friendly comic adventure for children and teens

Third Eye Comics and the Annapolis Book Festival are partnering to bring you “ComicKey—a family-friendly comic adventure” for children and teens. ComicKey will feature an exciting line up of writers and illustrators as well as a comic book swap, as we showcase the world of comics. This year ComicKey will celebrate the 50th birthday of Star Trek.

Shakespeare on the Lawn

To celebrate legacy of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death, the Festival is teaming up with the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Children will enjoy Elizabethan crafts, transform into midsummer faeries, perform Shakespeare karaoke, and participate in a Shakespeare Slam.

Stomp Rockets on the Field

Children can create their own stomp rockets and set them off for some high-flying fun.

Echoes of Nature

Children will meet live animal ambassadors in this nature-oriented educational program.

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