Tuesday, May 14, 2013

We're happy to help spread the word about the first Books Alive! Conference sponsored by The Washington Independent Review of Books.  The conference will be held Saturday, June 8 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel Conference Center, opposite the White Flint Metro.

Books Alive 2013 is not only for authors and would-be authors but also for book lovers, book clubbers and for anyone who wants to learn more from top writers about how they do their craft.  For those who want to pitch a book, there will also be nearly 20 agents present. 

The subjects of the panels range from the state of the market and new platforms for publishing to memoir, biography, research, crime noir and plain old fiction. The day begins with a conversation between two Pulitzer winners, Washington Post critic Michael Dirda and Bill McPherson, the Washington Post Book World's first editor.  The luncheon speaker is Marie Arana, Bolivar biographer, memoirist and the last editor of Book World. 

 Several panels will run through the day.  Participating authors and agents include Paul Dickson, Tom Mann, George Pelecanos, Laura Lippman, Allison Leotta, Susan Coll, Marita Goldman, Sara Taber, Ken Ackerman, Kathryn Johnson, Ron Goldfarb,  David Stewart, Gail Ross, Keith Donohue, Jack Farrell, and National Book Award winner Alice McDermott.

An early bird registration rate is in effect through Wednesday, May 15. 



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