March 21, 2023
Annapolis, US 35 F

Key School to Host 18th Annual Annapolis Book Festival (Virtually)

Beloved best-selling children’s author Kate DiCamillo ; Emmy Award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson ; Pen/Faulkner Award-winning novelist Ann Patchett ; writer and activist Wes Moore ; best-selling mystery writer Charles Finch ; advocate and recipient of the Helen Keller Achievement Award Haben Girma ; award-winning investigative journalist Ben Westhoff ; best-selling memoirist, speaker and media producer Austin Channing Brown ; chair of Color of Change Heather McGhee ; best-selling author, journalist and historian Garrett M. Graff ; award-winning short story writer Sergio Troncoso ; satirist and Thurber Prize finalist Annabelle Gurwitch ; senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations Gayle Tzemach Lemmon ; and historical fiction writer and novelist Erika Robuck are among the many distinguished speakers scheduled to join the virtual Annapolis Book Festival on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25 .

Now in its eighteenth year, the Annapolis Book Festival is an interactive, multi-generational event that has something for book lovers of all ages. Evolving into a two-day virtual Festival in 2021, this free community event attracts nationally and internationally renowned authors who discuss their books and the craft of writing. This year, t he Festival will partner with Anne Arundel County Public Libraries to provide these virtual programs for children: School Readiness Skills, Tree Songs Puppet Show, and a Take and Make Activity . Combining entertainment with compelling author panels and educational opportunities, the Festival appeals to a wide audience and has historically attracted more than 3,000 attendees annually in addition to coverage on C-SPAN BookTV.

The virtual Annapolis Book Festival will be held on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25, 2021 , from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Designed to promote and celebrate reading among all ages and interests, the event is free and open to all.

2021 Annapolis Book Festival Authors

  • Sharyl Attkisson – Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism
  • Sophie Blackall – If You Come to Earth
  • Austin Channing Brown – I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
  • Oliver Bullough – Moneyland: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Run the World
  • Tom Burgis – Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World
  • Israel Centeno – Writing with an Accent
  • Sarah Chayes – On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake
  • Kate DiCamillo – Stella Endicott and the Anything-is-Possible Poem (illustrated by Chris Van Dusen)
  • April Falcon Doss – Cyber Privacy: Who Has Your Data and Why You Should Care
  • Jessie Dunleavy – Cover My Dreams in Ink: A Son’s Unbearable Solitude, A Mother’s Unending Quest
  • Charles Finch – An Extravagant Death: A Charles Lenox Mystery
  • David Gendell – Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon
  • Haben Girma – Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
  • Garrett M. Graff – The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11
  • Annabelle Gurwitch – You’re Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility
  • Sara Harberson – Soundbite: The Admissions Secret that Gets You into College and Beyond
  • Luke Harding – Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem, and Russia’s Remaking of the West
  • Mary Dell Harrington & Lisa Heffernan – Grown & Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults
  • Harold Holzer – The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media
  • Deborah Hopkinson – We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance
  • Martha S. Jones – Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All
  • Gayle Tzemach Lemmon – The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice
  • Heather McGhee – The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
  • Bill McKibben – Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
  • Wes Moore – Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City (co-author Erica L. Green)
  • Kate Murphy – You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters
  • Ahmed Naji – And Tigers to My Room
  • Ann Pachett (author) & Robin Preiss Glasser (illustrator)- Escape Goat
  • Tia Powell – Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End
  • Erika Robuck – The Invisible Woman
  • Rudy Ruiz – The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez: A Novel
  • ire’ne lara silva – Cuicacalli/House of Song
  • Sue Stuart-Smith – The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature
  • Karin Tanabe – A Hundred Suns: A Novel
  • Sergio Troncoso – A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son
  • Ben Westhoff – Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic
  • Kelly Yang – Parachutes
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