SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2012



CONFIRMED PRESENTERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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of Rick MofinaRick Mofina -- is a former journalist who has reported from the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, and Kuwait's border with Iraq, and an award-winning author of thirteen thrillers, including his latest, The Burning Edge. Rick's other books include the award-winning Reed-Sydowski series (If Angels Fall, Cold Fear, Blood of Others, No Way Back, and Be Mine), the internationally acclaimed Jason Wade trilogy ( The Dying Hour, Every Fear, and A Perfect Grave), the best-selling stand-alone, Six Seconds, and the new Jack Gannon series (Vengeance Road, The Panic Zone, and In Desperation).

    Discover why James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Jeffery Deaver, Sandra Brown, Nick Stone, David Morrell, Allison Brennan, Heather Graham, Linwood Barclay, Peter Robinson, Håkan Nesser, and Kay Hooper have all praised his work. The International Thriller Writers, Private Eye Writers of America and The Crime Writers of Canada, have cited his novels as being among the best in the genre.



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of Patricia HermesPatricia Hermes -- is the author of almost fifty books for readers from early middle grades through young adult, as well as two nonfiction books for adults. Her books have won many awards and recognitions: American Library Association Best Book, Smithsonian Notable Book, C.S. Lewis Honor Book, Ira Children's Choice, as well as many state awards, four of them for the novel,You Shouldn't Have to Say Goodbye. As a lecturer and speaker, she engages her audience with her lively presentations, underscoring key qualities of good writing, and, of course, good rewriting. (She has been known to revise her books ten times!) She has researched and written six historical novels in the Scholastic Dear America/My America series. Some of her historical fiction includes The Starving Time, Westward to Home, A Perfect Place, The Wild Year, Our Strange New Land, The Brothers' War, Salem Witch, and many others.




  • LITERARY AGENTS

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of Molly JaffaMolly Jaffa -- a literary agent at Folio Literary Management, has been working closely with Folio authors’ projects since 2008, and is now aggressively and selectively building her list of clients. In addition to agenting, Molly utilizes her editorial background, previous work experience in the e-publishing industry, and intimate knowledge of the Folio list in her position as Subsidiary Rights Associate. She actively pursues sales of all unsold subsidiary rights and attends the major international book fairs, helping Folio clients’ books reach wide audiences in as many formats as possible. She is thrilled to be part of the recent launch of Folio Jr., a division within the agency dedicated to developing and nurturing the careers of YA and children’s authors. Molly is an avid reader, and when she’s not devouring manuscripts, she can usually be found camped out in the aisles of her local bookstore (until they kick her out at closing time).



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of Rachael DugasRachael Dugas -- a literary agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, has just completed a six-month internship with Sourcebooks, represents authors of cookbooks and young adult, middle grade, and adult fiction in the contemporary, paranormal, women’s, and romance genres. She would love to receive more cookbooks (especially with a unique perspective, distinct voice and sense of place, and stellar marketing platform), beautifully written historical and/or literary fiction, really terrific memoir, and fun, contemporary YA or adult fiction, especially pertaining to food or the performing arts.



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of Brooks ShermanBrooks Sherman -- an agent working at FinePrint Literary Management, is actively seeking a range of both fiction and nonfiction projects. He is seeking: On the adult side, literary and upmarket fiction running the gamut from contemporary (with an eye toward multicultural or satirical) to speculative (particularly urban/contemporary fantasy, horror/dark fantasy, and slipstream). Brooks also has a weakness for historical fiction and a burgeoning interest in crime fiction. For nonfiction, he is particularly interested in works that focus on current events, history, and pop science/sociology. On the children’s side, he is looking to build a list of boy-focused Middle Grade novels (all subgenres, but particularly fantasy adventure and contemporary), and is open to YA fiction of all types except paranormal romance. He seeks work that balances strong voice with gripping plot lines; he particularly enjoys flawed (but sympathetic) protagonists and stories that organically blur the lines between genres. Stories that make him laugh earn extra points. Recent favorites include Whiteman by Tony D’Souza, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, the Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey, The Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer, and Horns by Joe Hill.




  • AUTHORS

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of C. L. BevillC. L. Bevill -- who holds degrees in social-psychology and counseling and served in the U.S. Army, has been a graphic illustrator, a therapist, and a stay at home mother. She lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband and daughter and keeps plugging away at the next great American novel. She has written 17 novels, including Bubba and the Dead Woman, Bubba and the 12 Deadly Days of Christmas, Bubba and the Missing Woman, Black Moon (The Moon Trilogy Part 1), Amber Moon (The Moon Trilogy Part 2), Silver Moon (The Moon Trilogy Part 3), Harvest Moon (Cat Clan), Bayou Moon, Shadow People, among many others.  She can be reached at www.clbevill.com or you can read her blog at www.carwoo.blogspot.com



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of Alma KatsuAlma Katsu -- is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, The TAKER, an American Library Association-Booklist Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011. The Taker has been described as "an epic supernatural love story" at the crossroads of literary and historical suspense with an unique supernatural myth. Her writing has been compared to that of early Anne Rice and Shirley Jackson. A former intelligence analyst, Alma is a graduate of the writing program at Johns Hopkins University, lives in the Washington, DC area, and counts fairy tales as among her greatest influences.



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of Kerry DoughertyKerry Dougherty -- writes a news and opinion column three times a week -- on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays -- in the Hampton Roads section of The Virginian-Pilot. She also maintains an active blog on PilotOnline.com. After more than 30 years in journalism - beginning at The Washington Post, through a three-year stint as a freelance stringer in Ireland to a variety of assignments at The Virginian-Pilot - she's done almost everything there is to do in news. Except obits. Yes, Dougherty even did a stint as a sports writer. A metro columnist since 2000, she's written approximately 1,440 opinion pieces for The Pilot dealing with politics, people and pitbulls. Born in New Jersey, through no fault of her own, Dougherty left the Garden State when she was 17 and never went back. She graduated from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown PA with a degree in political science. An avid runner and fanatical SEC football fan, she's married, lives in Virginia Beach and is the mother of two college-aged children. 





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of Dr. Bill RuehlmannDr. William (Bill) Ruehlmann -- is a retired educator, an award-winning journalist, and the author of three books, Saint With a Gun: The Unlawful American Private Eye, Stalking the Feature Story and The Feature Story Strikes Back. For 18 years, he was a professor at Virginia Wesleyan College, where he taught young people how to contribute to the world through writing and reporting. He also was the guiding force behind the university's award-winning newspaper, The Marlin Chronicle, and a was longtime national leader in the Society for Collegiate Journalists. Bill currently writes the Pilot's Sunday book column and is a member of Hampton Roads Writers' advisory board of directors.



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of Dr. Dennis BoundsDr. Dennis Bounds -- has worked as a videographer, cinematographer, reporter, producer, and director at two television stations in Texas. At his current post at Regent University, Dennis helped establish and currently directs the Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and teaches in the areas of cinema and TV writing, history, theory, and criticism. He has published articles and book chapters on the subjects of film, television, and popular culture and has published entries on “Perry Mason,” “Raymond Burr,” and “Columbo” in The Encyclopedia of Television, (Vols. I & II, Fitzroy Dearborn Press). His non-fiction book, Perry Mason: The Authorship and Reproduction of a Popular Hero, (Greenwood Press), serves as a key text on the character “Perry Mason” in literature, broadcasting, and film. Dennis, a member of Hampton Roads Writers' advisory board, has presented his workshop “Everything You Need to Write a Screenplay” at film festivals and conferences around the country and as part of HRW's second Traveling Pen Series or workshops in 2011.



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of Shonda BuchananShonda Buchanan -- an assistant professor in the Department of English at Hampton University, Shonda teaches fiction, poetry, narrative nonfiction, writing for magazines, composition, and senior seminar. She is a Sundance Institute fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voice fellow. She freelances for The Writer’s Chronicle and The International Review of African American Art. She is published in various anthologies, including Step into a World: A Global Anthology of New Black Literature, Arise! Magazine, Def Jam Poetry’s Bum Rush the Page, Geography of Rage:Remembering the Los Angeles Riots of 1992 and Rivendell. She received the Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and several Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grants. Editor of Voices from Leimert Park: A Poetry Anthology, Shonda also is a member of Hampton Roads Writers' advisory board.



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of Annmarie LockhartAnnmarie Lockhart -- is the founding editor of vox poetica, an online literary salon dedicated to bringing poetry into the everyday and founder of unbound CONTENT, an independent press for a boundless age that publishes anthologies and single-author collections of poetry in print, e-book, and audiobook formats. Her writing can be read at Caper Journal, Contemporary American Voices, Eclectic Flash, Journal of Liberal Arts and Education, Leaf Garden, OVS Magazine, Referential Magazine, Spark, Touch: A Journal of Healing, VWA: Poems for Haiti, and in several vox poetica anthologies.



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of John DeDakisJohn DeDakis -- is both a journalist, novelist, and Senior Copy Editor on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.  DeDakis is the author of two mystery-suspense novels, Fast Track and Bluff.  He is a manuscript editor, writing workshop leader, and has taught journalism at American University in Washington, D.C. and novel writing at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During his award-winning 40-year career in journalism (23 years at CNN), DeDakis has been a White House Correspondent and interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. He and Cindy, his wife of 33 years, live in Washington, D.C.




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