Many distinguished speakers are scheduled to join the virtual Annapolis Book Festival on Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25. Those include 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; the 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.
Now in its 18th 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, the 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, from 10:00am to 8:00pm. Designed to promote and celebrate reading among all ages and interests, the event is free and open to all.