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2020 Headline Authors

David Baldacci

AIBF Honorary Chair

David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, “because every mom needs a break now and then.”)
 

David has published 38 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. He has also published seven novels for younger readers.
 

David is also the cofounder, along with his wife, Michelle, of the Wish You Well Foundation®, which is dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across the United States. David and his family live in Virginia.

David Baldacci's Website

Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is the author of 70 New York Times bestsellers, including Tailspin, Seeing Red, Sting, Mean Streak, Friction, Deadline, and Rainwater. Writing professionally since 1981, Brown has published over seventy-five novels and has upwards of eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.
 

Her episode on truTV’s “Murder by the Book” premiered the series in 2008. She appeared in 2010 on Investigation Discovery’s series, “Hardcover Mysteries.” Television movies have been made of her novels French Silk, Smoke Screen, and Ricochet.
 

Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University, where she and her husband Michael Brown, have instituted the ELF, a scholarship awarded annually. She has served as president of Mystery Writers of America, and in 2008 she was named Thriller Master, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other honors include the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 she went on a USO tour to Afghanistan.

Sandra Brown's Website

Featured at these events:

Keynote speaker, Writers' Workshop, Friday, February 14

Celebrity Author at the Gala, Friday, February 14

Celebrity Author Breakout Session, Saturday, February 15

Robert Crais

Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels. A native of Louisiana, he grew up in a blue-collar family of oil refinery workers and police officers. He purchased a secondhand paperback of Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister when he was fifteen, which inspired his lifelong love of writing, Los Angeles, and the literature of crime fiction.

 

After years of writing short stories, he journeyed to Hollywood where he quickly found work writing scripts for such iconic television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, and Miami Vice. In the mid-eighties, Crais resigned from a lucrative position as a contract writer and television producer in order to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a novelist. To date, he has published 22 novels, 18 of which are in the Elvis Cole series. HIs books are available in 62 countries, and are bestsellers around the world.  

 

Robert received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, and the Ross Macdonald Literary Award in 2006. His standalone novel, Hostage, was named a Notable Book by the New York Times, and was made into a motion picture starring Bruce Willis.  His first novel, The Monkey's Raincoat, was awarded the Anthony Award by the World Mystery Convention. In 2014, Robert Crais was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, their highest honor. He currently lives in the Santa Monica Mountains with his wife, two cats, and many thousands of books.

 

Robert Crais's Website

Featured at these events:

Participant, Authors in Schools program, Friday, February 14

Celebrity Author at the Gala, Friday, February 14

Celebrity Author Breakout Session, Saturday, February 15

Sharon Robinson

Daughter of baseball legend and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson, Sharon Robinson is an acclaimed author, as well as an educational consultant for Major League Baseball. Some of the widely praised books about her father include Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America; The Hero Two Doors Down; and Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By. Her newest book is Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963. 

 

Sharon Robinson is also the founder of Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life, a baseball-themed national character education curriculum that helps empower students to overcome obstacles in their lives. Ms. Robinson currently serves as vice chairman of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. She lives in Florida.

Sharon Robinson's Website

Featured at these events:

Celebrity author at Tweens & Teen Scene, Thursday, February 13

Participant, Authors in Schools program, Friday, February 14

Celebrity Author at the Gala, Friday, February 14

Celebrity Author Breakout Session, Saturday, February 15

Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline is a #1 bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author of thirty-two novels. She has thirty million copies of her books in print and has been published in thirty-five countries. Scottoline also writes a weekly column with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and those critically acclaimed stories have been adapted into a bestselling series of memoirs. Several of her novels have been optioned for film and television.

Lisa has served as president of the Mystery Writers of America and has been a visiting professor at her alma mater, The University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she taught a class she created entitled "Justice in Fiction."  Lisa also reviews fiction for publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets.

Lisa Scottoline's Website
 

(Photo by Jeff Wojtaszek)

Featured at these events:

Keynote speaker at Kickoff Luncheon, Thursday, February 13*

Participant, Authors in Schools program, Friday, February 14

Celebrity Author Breakout Session, Saturday, February 15

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Margot Lee Shetterly

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Writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, which was a top book of 2016 for both TIME and Publisher’s Weekly, a USA Today best-seller, and a #1 (instant) New York Times best-seller. 

 

Shetterly is also the founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive telling the stories all of NASA’s “Human Computers,” women from all backgrounds whose work tipped the balance in favor of the United States in WWII, the Cold War, and the Space Race. Shetterly’s father was among the early generation of black NASA engineers and scientists, and she had direct access to NASA executives and the women featured in the book. She grew up around the historically black Hampton University, where some of the women in Hidden Figures studied. Her research has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She is currently a scholar-in-residence at the University of Virginia, with joint appointments at the McIntire School of Commerce and the School of Engineering. 

Margot Lee Shetterly's Website

Featured at these events:

Celebrity author at Tweens & Teen Scene, Thursday, February 13

Participant, Authors in Schools program, Friday, February 14

Celebrity Author at the Gala, Friday, February 14

Celebrity Author Breakout Session, Saturday, February 15