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Key School To Host 11th Annual Annapolis Book Festival

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Nationally renowned authors Evan Thomas, Christopher Tilghman, Caroline Leavitt, and Hanna Rosin are among many distinguished speakers already scheduled to appear at the 2013 Annapolis Book Festival on Saturday, April 13, 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 11th annual Festival includes family-friendly entertainment and educational performances, live music, and a variety of interactive children’s activities including a family-friendly comic adventure for children and teens with an exciting line up of comic writers and illustrators.

The Annapolis Book Festival is held on the campus of The Key School at 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD, 21403 on Saturday, April 13, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Designed to promote and celebrate reading among all ages and interests, the event is free and open to the public.

2013 Annapolis Book Festival Authors

While authors are confirming participation weekly, as of January 7, we are pleased to announce the following authors will be appearing at the 2013 Festival:

Evan Thomas — editor-at-large of Newsweek, author of Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World

Erika Robuck — author of Hemingway’s Girl

Mickey Edwards — author of The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans

Corey Olsen — author of Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien‘s “The Hobbit”

Peter Beilenson — author of Tapping into “The Wire”: The Real Urban Crisis

Caroline Leavitt — author of Pictures of You

Christopher Tilghman — author of The Right-Hand Shore

Brigid Kemmerer — author of The Elemental Series

Jake Tapper — senior CNN correspondent and anchor, author of The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

Hanna Rosin — author of The End of Men: And the Rise of Women

Alan Ehrenhalt — author of The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

Kathleen Ernst — author of The Caroline Abbott American Girl Doll Series

Sharon Lerner — author of The War on Moms: Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation

Rajiv Chandrasekaran — author of Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan

Kwame Alexander — author of Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band

Artie Bennett — author of Poopendous

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

2013 Annapolis Book Festival Children’s Activities

In addition to children’s authors Kwame Alexander (Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band), Artie Bennett (Poopendous), Kathleen Ernst (The Caroline Abbott American Girl Doll Series), and young adult author Brigid Kemmerer (The Elemental Series), 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 we showcase the world of comics. Come be a super hero and battle with the X-Men and the Avengers.


Learn how to make your own balloon animal and partake in this timeless activity.

1812 Tea Party

American Girl Doll fans, bring your favorite doll to the Annapolis Book Festival’s Doll Spa for a new hair style and makeover and attend an 1812 Tea Party with Kathleen Ernst, author of the new American Girl Doll books about Caroline Abbott.

For more information, please connect with Key School at or on Facebook at or on Twitter at  @KeySchool.

Source: Key School
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