Annapolis Book Festival

The Annapolis Book Festival is pleased to announce its lineup of speakers for the 2007 festival, to be held Saturday, May 5, 2007, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the campus of The Key School in Annapolis. This free community event, featuring local and nationally known authors, also offers book signings, new and used book sales, and a full day of family activities.

Headlining the event will be CNN Correspondent Peter Bergen, author of Holy War Inc. and The Osama Bin Laden I Know; Newsweek’s Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and The Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945; and Time magazine correspondent Joe Klein, author of Politics Lost: How Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You Are Stupid.

Peter Bergen has written about terrorism, al Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The Atlantic. In a review of his latest book, The Osama bin Laden I Know, The Guardian described Bergen as “an experienced reporter as well as an academic [who] stands out among terrorism experts for his breadth of experience and clear-headedness.” His previous book, Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Bin Laden, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into eighteen languages.

Mr. Bergen will moderate a panel on the war in Iraq. Other panelists include Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone; Fawaz Gerges, author of Journey of the Jihadist: Inside the Muslim Insurgency; and Nir Rosen, author of Inside the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq.

Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas writes extensively on current events, including Iraq and the presidential elections. In 2005, his 50,000-word narrative of the 2004 presidential election was honored when Newsweek won the industry’s highest honor—the National Magazine Award—for the best singletopic issue.

Mr. Thomas will moderate a panel discussion on the 2008 Presidential elections. He will be joined on that panel by award-winning Time magazine columnist Joe Klein and Thomas Schaller, author of Whistling Past Dixie: How the Democrats Can Win Without the South.

Also scheduled to speak are Pat Wingert Kelly, Marie Arana, Leslie Morgan Steiner, Gene Roberts, Iris Krasnow, Priscilla Cummings— and many more.

In addition to the nationally renowned authors listed above, the festival will also feature talks and book signings by local authors; performances by magician Joe Romano, storyteller Jim Weiss and perennial favorite musician Abu the Flute Maker; and an opportunity to visit Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus.

For more information about this interactive, intergenerational celebration of the written word, visit The Key School website at www., or call Irfan Latimer at 410- 263-9231, ext. 1227.


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