Saturday, April, 09, 2011

Ninth annual Annapolis Book Festival

Scheduled for 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday, April 9, 2011, the ninth annual Annapolis Book Festival will feature nationally renowned authors from a variety of fiction and non-fiction categories.

This Festival is free and open to the public, and will be held on the campus of The Key School at 534 Hillsmere Drive in Annapolis, Maryland. Designed to promote and celebrate reading among all ages and interests, the 2011 Annapolis Book Festival will include sessions on such diverse topics as man’s best friend, Islam in America, thrillers, the rights of people, women in baseball, Fraser’s penguins, and mutants, zombies and unicorns. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, panels will discuss press coverage during that conflict as well the presidency of Andrew Johnson, who led the country in its aftermath. Local Annapolitan history is represented with a session about the fascinating lives of the Caton sisters, granddaughters of Declaration of Independence signer, Charles Carroll.

The Festival will include book signings by featured authors Gwen Ifill, Peter Bergen, Annette Gordon-Reed, Howard Norman, Michele Norris, Jehanne Wake, David Shipler, Jon Franklin, Larry Doyle, and Norb Vonnegut, children’s activities designed to be educational and fun, family performances by musicians and entertainers, new and used book sales, storytellers, a silent auction of storybook-inspired furniture, and refreshments.