Books Alive! 2013 Conference Schedule


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Location: North Bethesda Marriott Conference Center

Date: June 8th, 2013

Click here to go to the conference overview page.

Click here to read the list of literary agents that will be in attendance.

Click here to register for Books Alive! 2013.





8 - 9 am


9 - 9:10 am

Welcome by David O. Stewart, President of the Independent.

Book Review Conversation

9:10 - 9:40 am

Conversation between Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Dirda, critic for the Washington Post, and Bill McPherson, first editor of Washington Post Book World.

The State of the Market: Opportunities and Challenges

9:40 - 10:40 am

Moderator – Ron Goldfarb, attorney-literary agent-author.

Peter Ginna – publisher of Bloomsbury Press.

Gail Ross – literary agent.

Paul Dickson – author of more than 50 books, including recent Bill Veeck biography.


10:40 - 10:50 am

New Platforms, New Media, New Ways to Sell your Book

10:50 - 11:50 am

Moderator – Deborah Kalb, author and blogger.

Ken Rossignol – ebook author, self-publisher.

Jennifer Miller – author and self-publicist.

Robert W. Walker – selling books on Kindle.

Lunch with Interest Tables

12 - 1:15 pm

Luncheon speaker: Maria Arana, writer of fiction and non-fiction, including American Chica, a memoir, and the recently-released Bolivar, a biography of the South American liberator, last editor of Book World.  Introduced by Eugene L. Meyer, non-fiction author and Board member, Freedom to Write Fund.

Concurrent Panels

1:30 - 2:30 pm

DC/Baltimore Crime Noir

Moderator – Deborah Gelin, Board Member, Freedom to Write Fund.

Allison Leotta, author of legal thrillers.

George Pelecanos, Author of 18 DC-based crime novels, television scriptwriter and producer (The Wire, Treme, The Pacific).

Laura Lippman, Baltimore mystery author, winner of the Anthony, Edgar, Shamus, and Agatha Awards.

What’s Novel about the Novel?
Moderator – Kathryn Johnson – author of over 40 published novels and fiction instructor at The Writer’s Center.

Alice McDermott, novelist (most recently, After This) and winner of the National Book Award.

Keith Donohue, novelist and critic.

Susan Coll, author of DC-based novels, Events and Programs Director at Politics and Prose.



2:30 - 2:45 pm



Concurrent Panels

2:45 - 3:45 pm

Moderator – Ken Ackerman, author of four historical narratives, most recently Young J. Edgar.

Jack Farrell, author of biographies of Tip O’Neill and Clarence Darrow; currently working on Richard Nixon.

A’Lelia Bundles, author of biography of Madam C.J. Walker; chair and president of the board of the Foundation for the National Archives.

David O. Stewart, author of three historical narratives, a forthcoming novel, and currently working on James Madison; president of the Independent.

Moderator – Pat McNees (personal histories).

Sara Taber, author of books of journalism, personal essay, and memoir (Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of A Cold War Spy’s Daughter).

Marita Golden, writer of fiction and nonfiction, including the memoir Migrations of the Heart.



3:45 - 4:00 pm


4 - 5 pm

Moderator – Susan Green, Senior Review Editor, the Independent.

Leslie Maitland, author of Crossing the Borders of Time, a family memoir.

Joan Quigley, author of The Day the Earth Caved In, probing the cover-up of a mine fire.

Thomas Mann, author of The Oxford Guide to Library Research, former private investigator, currently reference librarian, Library of Congress.



5 - 5:15 pm