Books Alive! 2017 Schedule of Events
(All events take place at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Hyattsville, MD.)
Friday, April 28th
6-7:30 p.m.: Meet-and-Greet (cash bar)
7:30-8:15 p.m.: Panel: "How to Pitch an Agent"
Saturday, April 29th
8-9 a.m.: Registration/Coffee
8-8:45 a.m. (concurrent with registration): “Publicizing your book”: A Talk and Workshop with Phyllis Heller
(Pitch sessions start at 9 a.m.)
Morning Plenary Sessions:
8:45 a.m.: Welcome
David O. Stewart, president of the Washington Independent Review of Books and author, most recently, of The Babe Ruth Deception.
9-10 a.m.: “The State of Books”
A conversation between novelist Susan Coll, author of The Stager, and Washington Post Book World editor Ron Charles.
10-11 a.m.: "The Art of Ghostwriting"
Tom Shroder, author of The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived: A True Story of My Family, in conversation with Barbara Feinman Todd, author of Pretend I'm Not Here: How I Worked with Three Newspaper Icons, One Powerful First Lady, and Still Managed to Dig Myself Out of the Washington Swamp.
11 a.m.-noon: “Across the Cultural Divide”
Moderator: Dana Williams, chair of the Howard University English Department
Alice Stephens, columnist and reviewer at the Washington Independent Review of Books
Carolivia Herron, author of Nappy Hair
Tara Bahrampour, author of To See and See Again: A Life in Iran and America
Neely Tucker, author of Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir
Noon-1:30 p.m.: Lunch (provided)
Keynote Speaker: bestselling author Judith Viorst (introduced by Gene Meyer)
Concurrent Afternoon Panels:
1:45-2:35 p.m.: "Great Lives Reconsidered: Rehash, Revision, or Revelation"
Moderator/panelist: David Stewart
John Aloysius (Jack) Farrell, author of the forthcoming Richard Nixon: The Life
Kate Buford, author of Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe
Ken Ackerman, author of Trotsky in New York, 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution
1:45-2:35 p.m.: "Illness and Disability as a Device in Literature"
Moderator/panelist: Marita Golden, author of the forthcoming The Wide Circumference of Love
Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of Man Alive!
Morowa Yejidé, author of Time of the Locust
2:50-3:40 p.m.: "The Twilight Zone: Between Memoir, Fiction, and Family History"
Moderator: Chloe Miller, a memoir-writing instructor at Politics and Prose
Tom Shroder, author of The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived: A True Story of My Family (named a Best Memoir of 2016 by the Washington Post)
Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and author of Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books
Jenny Yacovissi, author of Up the Hill to Home
2:50-3:40 p.m.: "The Words of War: Past and Present…"
Moderator: James A. Percoco, author of Summers with Lincoln: Looking for the Man in the Monuments
David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thank You for Your Service
Steve Twomey, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The 12 Days to the Attack
Ron Capps, author of Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years and founder of the Veterans Writing Project
3:55-4:45 p.m.: "Kid Lit – To Market, To Market"
Moderator: Holly Smith, managing editor of the Washington Independent Review of Books
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author of 140+ books, including the Newbery-winning Shiloh
Jennifer Keats Curtis, author of the Children’s Choice Book Award-winning Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue
Mary Alice Garber, children’s-book buyer at Politics and Prose
3:55-4:45 p.m.: "Short Stories – Big Impact"
Moderator: Tara Campbell, author of TreeVolution
Tara Laskowski, author of Bystanders: Stories
Rion Amilcar Scott, author of Insurrections: Stories
Leslie Pietrzyk, author of This Angel on My Chest
5 p.m.: Conference concludes
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