Author Bios

2014 Participating Authors
Seth Goldman    Martha Grimes & Ken Grimes    Stephen Jimenez    William Martin   
Sujata Massey    Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus    John Rizzo   Peter Ross Range    
Michael Sokolove    David O. Stewart    Steve Vogel
    Henry Wiencek    Mary Kay Zuravleff

(c) Brad Horn
Seth Goldman
Message in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently - and Succeeding

Seth Goldman is cofounder and TeaEO of Honest Tea, the nation's top-selling organic bottle tea, and co-author of Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently--and Succeeding. He serves on the boards of Happy Baby, Bethesda Green, the American Beverage Association, Beyond Meat, Maryland's Economic Development Commission and the advisory board of Net Impact. Seth is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Management. He lives with his wife and three boys in an eco-friendly house in Bethesda, Maryland, a short bike ride from Honest Tea's headquarters.


(c) Michael Ventura

Martha Grimes & Ken Grimes
Double Double

Bestselling author Martha Grimes has published more than 30 books, including twenty-two Richard Jury mysteries. The winner of the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award, Grimes lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Her most recent book, The Way of All Fish, a sequel to the bestselling Foul Matter, will be published in January 2014.



(c) Michael Lionstar

Stephen Jimenez
The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard

Stephen Jimenez is an award-winning journalist, writer and producer.  He is a 2012 Norman Mailer Nonfiction Fellow and has written and produced programs for ABC News 20/20Dan Rather Reports, Nova, Fox, Court TV and others.  His accolades include the Writers Guild of America Award, the Mongerson Award for Investigative Reporting (Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism), an Emmy, and several fellowships at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.  A graduate of Georgetown University, he has taught screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and other colleges.  Jimenez lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Click here to read a Q&A with Stephen Jimenez.


William Martin
The Lincoln Letter

William MartinThe New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, is best known for his historical fiction, which has chronicled the lives of the great and the anonymous in American history while bringing to life legendary American locations, from Cape Cod to Annapolis to The City of Dreams. His first novel,Back Bay, introduced Boston treasure hunter Peter Fallon, who is still tracking artifacts across the landscape of our national imagination. Martin's subsequent novels, including Harvard Yard, Citizen Washington, and The Lost Constitutionhave established him, as a “storyteller whose smoothness matches his ambition.” (Publishers Weekly) He has also written an award-winning PBS documentary and one of the cheesiest horror movies ever made. Nevertheless, he was the recipient of the 2005 New England Book Award, given to "an author whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region." There are now over three million copies of his books in print. He has three grown children and lives near Boston with his wife.

Click here to read a Q&A with William Martin.


Sujata Massey
The Sleeping Dictionary

Sujata Massey is the author of The Sleeping Dictionary, a historical novel set in 1930s-40s India, as well as ten mystery novels set in Japan. Massey graduated from the Johns Hopkins University graduate and was a reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun newspaper before moving to Asia and beginning her fiction career.
Her books have won the Agatha and Macavity mystery awards and been nominees for the Edgar, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark awards. Sujata currently lives with her family in Baltimore, MD.


Alice McDermott
A National Book Award winner and three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Alice McDermott is the author of six novels. Her latest novel, After This, was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize, a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and was named a best book of the year by The Washington PostThe Atlantic Monthly, The Boston Globe, among others. Her fifth novel, Child of My Heart, was a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection, one of Book Magazine’s Ten Best Novels of 2002 and also a nominee for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her fourth, Charming Billy, received the 1998 National Book Award for fiction, the American Book Award, and was short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A stage adaptation premiered in 2011 at The Round House Theater in Bethesda, Maryland. Her third novel, At Weddings and Wakes, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her second, That Night, was nominated for the National Book Award, The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The PEN/Faulkner Award and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A film version of the novel was produced by Warner Brothers in 1992. Her articles, reviews and stories have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, USA TodayThe Atlantic MonthlyThe New YorkerRedbookMsCommonweal and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, the 2008 Corrington Award for Literature, and the 2010 F. Scott Fitzgerald Award. Her seventh novel, a portion of which has appeared in The New Yorker, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. She lives with her family in Bethesda, Maryland.

(c) Melanie Dunea

Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
The First Affair

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus met at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where they both graduated with concentrations in Arts in Education. Before teaming up to write The Nanny Diaries, Kraus had continued in the arts and McLaughlin worked as a business consultant within the private and public sectors.

Newsweek declared McLaughlin and Kraus’s The Nanny Diaries a ‘phenomenon.’ It is a number one New York Times best-seller and the longest-running hardcover best seller of 2002. In 2007 The Nanny Diaries was released as a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney and Alicia Keys.

Click here to read a Q&A with Nicola Kraus.
(c) Jay Mallin Photography

John Rizzo
Company Man

John Rizzo had a thirty-four-year career as a lawyer at CIA, culminating with seven years as the Agency’s chief legal officer. In the post-9/11 era, he helped create and implement the full spectrum of aggressive counterterrorist operations against Al Qaeda, including the so-called “enhanced interrogation program” and lethal strikes against the Al Qaeda leadership.

Since retiring from the CIA, he has served as senior counsel at a Washington, D.C., law firm and is a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. He is a graduate of Brown University and George Washington University Law School.

Click here to read a Q&A with John Rizzo.


Peter Ross Range
Murder In The Yoga Store

Peter Ross Range, author of Murder In The Yoga Store, is a longtime Washington D.C. writer and journalist. He worked as White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and as a foreign correspondent for Time magazine. He has also written for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, the London Sunday Times Magazine andmany other publications.

Range’s work—ranging from politics to war to business and sports—has taken him to more than forty countries. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and son.

Click here to read a Q&A with Peter Ross Range

(c) Michael Williamson

Michael Sokolove
Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater

Michael Sokolove is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, as well as the author of three previous books: The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and The Boys of CrenshawHustle: The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose and Warrior Girls: Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women's Sports.

Sokolove lives in Bethesda, Md., with his wife Ann Gerhart, a writer for the Washington Post, and their three children.


David O. Stewart
The Lincoln Deception

After trying cases and arguing appeals for more than 25 years – including arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court and an impeachment trial in the United States Senate – David O. Stewart turned to writing. He has since established himself as the acclaimed author of the award-winning nonfiction books American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America(2011), Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy (2010), and The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution (2008)His short fiction has won him a Pushcart Prize nomination and his debut novel, The Lincoln Deception was published to much acclaim in Fall 2013. 

Stewart is founder and president of the Washington Independent Review of Books and serves as board chair for the AIW Freedom to Write Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the interests of writers. Stewart has appeared many times on C-Span’s Book TV, as well as Chris Matthews’ Hardball, CNN, and a variety of regional television and radio outlets.

Click here to read a Q&A with David O. Stewart.

Steve Vogel
Through the Perilous Fight

Steve Vogel is the author of Through The Perilous Fight and The Pentagon: A History, both published by Random HouseHe is a veteran journalist who has written extensively for The Washington Post about military affairs and the treatment of veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. His reporting about the war in Afghanistan was part of a package of Washington Post stories selected as a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. Vogel covered the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon, and the building’s subsequent reconstruction. Vogel covered the war in Iraq and the first Gulf War, as well as U.S. military operations in Rwanda, Somalia, and the Balkans. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, he received a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

Click here to read a Q&A with Steve Vogel.


Henry Wiencek
Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves

Henry Wiencek, a nationally prominent historian and writer, is the author of several books, including The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1999, and An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America(FSG, 2003). He lives with his wife and son in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mary Kay Zuravleff
Man Alive!
Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of Man Alive!, which opens with a pediatric psychiatrist being struck by lightning on the family’s last night at Rehoboth Beach. The Washington Post called the book “a family novel for smart people,” and People Magazine praised its “impressive intelligence and sly humor.” She is also the author of two earlier notable novels. The Bowl Is Already Broken is a behind-the-scenes account of an Asian art museum on the National Mall, and The Frequency of Souls is about electricity, love, and life after death—in Rockville. The Chicago Tribune deemed that book a “beguiling and wildly inventive debut novel.” Her work has won the James Jones First Novel Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award. Mary Kay Zuravleff lives in Washington, D.C., where she serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is a cofounder of the D.C. Women Writers Group. 

Click here to read a Q&A with Mary Kay Zuravleff.