2019 Book Fair and Authors’ Night

One hundred authors — and their books — will be under one roof at the National Press Club, just in time for the gift-giving season. Navigate national politics and history, whisk your way to tasty treats, or laugh with your little one during the 2019 Book Fair and Authors’ Night on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

Book Fair guests can shop titles and meet the authors behind incredible nonfiction and fiction tales in more than a dozen genres. It’s your chance to mingle with your favorite author and discover new ones, including Marlin Fitzwater, Calm Before the Storm; Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Trailblazer; and James Reston Jr., The Impeachment Diary.

The fair will feature a robust children’s section, along with selections in cooking, sports, fiction, health and medicine, history, law, lifestyle, mystery, psychology, sports, travel, true crime, and regional interests. The National Press Club Journalism Institute has partnered with landmark local bookseller Politics & Prose to coordinate the event. See below for a complete list of authors and titles. 

Tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for NPC or Politics & Prose members. The fair takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. November 1 at the National Press Club, on the 13th floor of the National Press Building.  In addition to being an opportunity to meet authors and pick up gifts for the avid readers in your life, the Book Fair raises funds for The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Press Club.

Tickets are available now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-press-clubs-2019-book-fair-authors-night-tickets-68629293063?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

National Press Club members and their guests are also invited to stop in the Reliable Source for a roast beef buffet either before or after visiting the book fair. The buffet opens at 5:30 p.m. The price of the roast beef buffet is $30 for Club members and $35 for non-members plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are encouraged. Please contact us at 202-662-7443 or e-mail at [email protected] Please note: There will be no taco night due to NPCJI Annual Book Fair and Author’s night roast beef buffet.

Writers: Don’t miss out on our inaugural writing workshop earlier in the day. Whether you’re a journalist or a nonfiction author — or you aspire to be one — you’ll leave this half-day workshop with concrete skills that will help you take your work to the next level. Participants will create the program that best suits their interests and needs by choosing from concurrent sessions during each hour-long timeslot. For more information, visit us here.

**Please note**: No outside books or other author & book paraphernalia are allowed into the Fair. All books must be purchased onsite.

Please contact Beth Francesco, operations director of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, with any questions at [email protected].


2019 National Press Club Journalism Institute Book Fair
Participating authors


Ronald Collins, The People Vs. Ferlinghetti: Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg’s Howl
Nadine Epstein, Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life and Legacy: Writings, Photographs and Reflections
Steven Levingston, Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership
Tony Massenburg, Lessons From Lenny: The Journey Beyond a Shooting Star


Ed Barks, A+ Strategies for C-Suite Communications: Turning Today’s Leaders into Tomorrow’s Influencers
Veronica Rueckert, Outspoken: Why Women’s Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free


Evita Giron, The Girl with the Magical Curls
Brenna Maloney, Good Dog Diego
Maya Ajemera, Back To School
Mary Amato, Sing With Me, Lucy McGee
Fred Bowen, Speed Demon
Laura Gehl, Except When They Don’t
Breanna McDaniel, Hands Up!
Juana Medina, Juana and Lucas: Big Problems
Saira Mir, Muslim Girls Rise: Inspirational Champions of Our Time
Kevin Panetta, Bloom
Mary Quattlebaum, Brother, Sister, Me and You
Ronald Smith, The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away
Ann McCallum Staats, Women Heroes
Alice Tapper, Raise Your Hand

Cooking and beverage

Derek Sandhaus, Drunk in China: Baijiu and the World’s Oldest Drinking Culture
Cathy Barrow, When Pies Fly: Handmade Pastries from Strudels to Stromboli, Empanadas to Knishes
Amy Riolo, The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook
Philip Greene, A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris


Keith Mestrich, Organized Money: How Progressives Can Leverage the Financial System to Work for Them, Not Against Them


Sarah Blakem, The Guest Book
Tope Folarin, A Particular Kind of Black Man
Helon Habila, Travelers
Aaron Hamburger, Nirvana is Here
Linda Holmes, Evvie Drake Starts Over
Lisa Howorth, Summerlings
Eugenia Kim, The Kinship of Secrets
Julie Langsdorf, White Elephant
Tom Mallon, Landfall
Tova Reich, Mother India
Jennifer Ryan, The Spies of Shilling Lane
Susan Shreve, More News Tomorrow
Michael Curley, The Calypso Virus
Joe Rothstein, The Salvation Project


Kara Arundel, Raising America’s Zoo: How Two Wild Gorillas Helped Transform the National Zoo
James Banner, Jr., Presidential Misconduct: From George Washington to Today
James Johnston, Murder, Inc., The CIA under John F. Kennedy
Charles Lane, Freedom’s Detective: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America’s First War on Terror
Francis Gary Powers, Jr., Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy
William vanden Heuvel, Hope and History: A Memoir of Tumultuous Times
Meryle Secrest, The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti
Larry Waterfield, Metropolis at War: London
Carrie Callaghan, A Light of Her Own


Eric Lichtblau, Return to the Reich: A Holocaust Refugee’s Secret Mission to Defeat the Nazis

International Studies

Audrey Kurth, Cronin Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s Terrorists

Latin American

Marie Arana, Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story


Keturah Kendrick, No Thanks: Black, Female, and Living in a Marytr Free Zone
Lauren Chelec Cafritz, Breath Love

Literary Essay

Jackson Bryer, Why I Like This Story
Hugh McIntosh, Guilty Pleasures: Popular Novels and American Audiences in the Long Nineteenth Century


Yousef Bashir, The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine
Marlin Fitzwater, Calm Before the Storm: Desert Storm Diaries and Other Stories
Carolyn Forché, What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance
Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America
William Newlin, Drunk at the State Department: A Memoir
Dan Kois, How to be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together
Adam Frankel, The Survivors: A Story of War, Inheritance, and Healing
Peter Copeland, Finding the News: Adventures of a Young Reporter

Military History

Elliot Ackerman, Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning

Politics and Current Affairs

James Grady, Condor: The Short Takes
Bruce Beehler, Natural Encounters: Biking, Hiking, and Birding Through the Seasons
Nancy Naomi Carlson, An Infusion of Violets
Frank DiStefano, The Next Realignment
Brian Eyler, Last Days of the Mighty Mekong
Bradford Kane, Pitchfork Populism: Ten Political Forces That Shaped an Election and Continue to Change America
Thomas Kapsidelis, After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings
Lawrence Lanahan, The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide
James Olson, To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence
James Reston, Jr., The Impeachment Diary
Andy Parker, For Alison: The Murder of a Young Journalist and a Father’s Fight for Gun Safety


Marita Golden, Us Against Alzheimer’s: Stories of Family, Love, and Faith
Rachel Louise Snyder, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us


William M Grigg, A Perfectly Natural Murder: Death Goes Viral, and Then “Green”
Ruth Kassinger, Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us
Alicia Mundy, Crystal Mesh: How Addiction to Money Turned Medical Device Makers, the FDA, and Doctors into Street Dealers

Social Theory

Kyle Swenson, Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America
Jennifer Bennett, Standing Still in a Culture of Mass Shootings


César Brioso, Last Seasons in Havana: The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball in Cuba
Jane Leavy, The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created
Andrea Chamblee, The Capital of Basketbal: A History of DC Area High School Hoops

True Crime

Estella Chung, Marjorie Merriweather Post: The Life Beyond the Luxury

U.S. Law

Joan Biskupic, The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts
Marc Mauer, The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences
Robert Tsai, Practical Equality: Forging Justice in a Divided Nation

U.S. Politics

Tim Alberta, American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President
Kate Black, Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World
Caroline Fredrickson, The Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight for Fair Rules, Fair Courts, and Fair Elections
Stanley Greenberg, RIP GOP: How the New America Is Dooming the Republicans
Tom LoBianco, Piety and Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House
Matt Stoller, Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy

U.S. Pop Culture

Neil Shister, Radical Ritual: How Burning Man Changed the World

Washington, D.C.

Antonia Tricarico, Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997–2017

Women’s Studies

Charles King, Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century

Tickets are available now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-press-clubs-2019-book-fair-authors-night-tickets-68629293063?aff=ebdssbdestsearch