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Annapolis is renowned for being a beautiful maritime city on the Chesapeake Bay, and it is also famous for playing a key part in America’s history since the colonial era. What is less known is that Maryland’s capital is a rich place for literature in the Mid-Atlantic region. Every year Annapolis’ the Key School hosts accomplished authors, providing a venue for their new books and an opportunity to discuss them with book lovers.


Founded in 2003, the 15th Annual Annapolis Book Festival (ABF) will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Hosted by the Key School and staffed by volunteers, the ABF is a community event, attracting greater than 3,000 visitors each year at no charge. New and used book sales will be made on the premises to raise money for the school. Authors will discuss their work in panel discussions, and they will then host book signings for attendees.

Award Winning Authors

The books of two authors who will be attending the festival were selected by the Washington Post for their “Non-Fiction Notable Books of 2016” honor. Making this prestigious list were Rabia Chaudry’s Adnan’s Story and Pamela Haag’s The Gunning of America. Festival goers will be able to hear these two writers at panel discussions and meet them. ABF is also highlighting the three authors below who will be attending.

Thomas Dolby

Former pop star, Thomas Dolby will be introducing his book, The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology. Dolby was a pioneer in the use of synthesizers to create music. He is best known for the music video of his hit song, “She Blinded Me With Science”, which was a staple on MTV during the early 80s. He then built a successful entrepreneurial career in Silicon Valley. Currently, Dolby is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, where he was named its first Homewood Professor of the Arts. He will assist in building a new center that will be an incubator for the creation of innovative technology that will be used for the arts.

Michael Hayden

Retired four-star General Michael Hayden will be attending ABF to speak about his new and topical book Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror. A former head of the CIA and NSA who served under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, Hayden will discuss his thoughts on the past, present, and future of American intelligence.

Mark K. Shriver

Shriver will come to the Festival and showcase his new book Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis. The writer was fascinated by the unpretentious and humble Francis, who has embraced, rather than condemned, those who have fallen outside Catholic orthodoxy. The author traced Francis’ remarkable journey from being ordained as a Jesuit priest in Argentina to being chosen by his fellow cardinals as the very first pope from the Americas. In the process, Shriver rediscovered his own faith.


An Inn Near the Authors and Books

The Key School on 534 Hillsmere Drive is only 3.6 miles away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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