The 2013 Bookmakers and Writers Exhibition Hall

The 2013 Chestertown Book Festival Book Makers and Writers Exhibitors will display their work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. 

Directions to Emmanuel Church in Chestertown, MD . . . 

Amy Abrams
Amy Abrams, former publishing executive at art magazines including Art & Antiques, is author of an illustrated book about Pop artist Bill Schenck and her debut novel, The Cage and The Key. Her stories about art, culture, spirituality and travel are found at The Wall Street Journal, Art in America and Village Voice Media. Visit for more information.

Gloria Seaman Allen
A former curator and director of the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C., Allen has exhibition catalogues and two earlier books, A Maryland Album: Quilt making Traditions, 1634-1934 and A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery 1738-1860. She has authored more than thirty-five articles on textiles and decorative arts for such publications as The Magazine Antiques, Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly, Piecework, Winterthur Portfolio, and the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts. She lives with her partner, two dogs, and two cats on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Visit her website for more information:

Vanessa Bright
Vanessa Bright is an entrepreneur, professor, and author dedicated to teaching our youth the ABC’s of financial literacy. She currently teaches personal finance classes for Anne Arundel Community College and in the fall will begin teaching for Howard County Community College. Vanessa is the Founder of Financial Futures Now where she teaches financial literacy to children through summer camps, after school programs and workshops. She is the mother of an 8-year old son and resides in Odenton, Maryland.

Rena Cherry Brown
Rena is an award-winning actress in Washington, D.C. and lives in Easton, Maryland with her husband. Her children’s book readers are usually 5 to 11 years old, but adults seem to love them as well.  “WHERE DO I BELONG?” is about a Loblolly Pine tree removed from the only home it has ever known, sent on a long journey, arriving at a new destination with new challenges, friends and future. “OTTER LEE BRAVE," which was given a 5 star rating on Kid Lit Reviews, is about an orphaned sea otter who is removed to an aquarium, where he meets a bully otter, kind humans and a life-threatening event. He must make a very tough decision. He recalls his mother’s message and contemplates his destiny.

Troy Carrington
Troy Carrington is the multiple award-winning author of the fantasy adventure, The Chronos Series. His debut novel, The Hounds of Set, has already won international recognition. Loki’s Wrath, the second novel in the series, has just been released, and Troy is busy writing the third. Troy grew up in a small town in upstate New York. A mad scientist by day and a writer by night, he now lives in northern Maryland with his family.

A. G. Case
A. G. Case spent 30+ years in Education at all levels of school districts, from teacher to Assistant Superintendent. She worked primarily in New York State, but her most recent position was in Caroline County, MD.  Case is now retired and lives in Magnolia, DE. Case has written textbooks and professional articles. This is her first work of fiction. She is currently hard at work on her second novel The New Normal.

Stu Cawley
I've always been a reader, writer, & artist. Living in Chestertown for the past 15 years, I've finally begun to take advantage of the incredible resource which is Washington College's Rose O'Neill Literary House, its print shop, & Master Printer Mike Kaylor. The classes I've taken with him in letterpress printing & bookbinding have been inspirational, as has Lit House Assistant Director Lindsay Lusby's love for antique typewriters & mail art. I (almost) make my living as an artist.

Chester River Press
Chester River Press was founded in 2006 and specializes in fine letterpress and offset book printing and publishing. Our publications have been featured at numerous fine book and designer shows, and have been placed in rare book and special collections departments in many prominent universities and museums. Our edition of Heart of Darkness won the 2010 Carl Herzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. We are currently planning our next publication.

Theodore Corbett
After 2000, other publications are St. Augustine Pirates and Privateers (The History Press) 2012; A Clash of Cultures on the Warpath of Nations (Purple Mountain Press) 2002; The Making of American Resorts (Rutgers University Press) 2001. No Turning Point won the Fraunces Tavern prize for the best book in 2012 on the Revolutionary period. I have held grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities at Columbia University, the Gilder Lehrman Foundation in New York City, the Newberry Library in Chicago, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation for a publication, and the New York State Council for the Humanities and the New York State Council for the Arts.

Leah Diehl
Leah Diehl lives in Nottingham, MD with her husband, Rob.  She loves to spend time camping in Chestertown, MD going fishing and crabbing.  In fact, part of the novel, “Unwarranted Abduction,” takes place in Chestertown.  Writing is her passion and she cannot wait for the third novel of the series, “Desired Truth,” to be released.

Eastern Shore Writers Association
ESWA has served writers of the Delmarva Since 1985. ESWA sponsors the Bay – To Ocean Annual Writing Conference as well as writing workshops, critique groups. ESWA website

Barbara W. Ellis
Barbara W. Ellis is a freelance writer and editor and lifelong gardener. She is the former Managing Editor of Garden Books for Rodale Press, and was Publications Director for the American Horticultural Society and editor of their magazine American Horticulturist, now The American Gardener. She lives and gardens in Kent County, Maryland, where she and her husband live in renovated “green” home on Worton Creek with an assortment of dogs, cats, and parrots.

Dick Ellwood
Dick Ellwood is retired from the Baltimore Police Department. He attended Essex College in Baltimore and obtained a degree in criminal justice. He currently resides in Baltimore County with his wife, Sharon. He spends his retirement time writing and playing tennis.

Friends of the Kent County Public Library
In early 1973, at the request of the Board of Trustees of the Kent County Public Library, the Friends of the Library Society, an independent non-profit organization, was formed under the leadership of Lanetta Parks, professional librarian formerly with the Enoch Pratt Library, for the express purpose of generating private support for Kent County's Public Library. Passing the support of the library from one generation of dedicated citizen volunteers to another, The Friends celebrated 40 years of service in June, 2013, having adhered to their mission of supporting a thriving public library by raising in excess of $500,000 for purchase of materials and equipment and presentation of programs like Summer Reading which help keep Kent County Public Library a vibrant community resource.

The Gettysburg Review
The Gettysburg Review, published by Gettysburg College, is recognized as one of the country’s premier journals. Since its debut in 1988, more than one hundred short stories, poems, and essays first published in its pages have been reprinted in the prize anthologies.  The Gettysburg Review's editing, elegant design, and stunning graphics have earned numerous prizes. Contributors include luminaries such as E. L. Doctorow and Rita Dove, as well as emerging artists such as James Haug and Kyle Minor. With its award-winning editing, writing, and design, the Gettysburg Review is, as one reader put it, “Pure delight, every time.”

W. Lawrence Gulick 
W. Lawrence Gulick started mucking about in boats at age eight. A merchant mariner and paratrooper in WWII, he has skippered boats from New England to the British Virgin Islands, and has sailed the Chesapeake hundreds of times. A neuroscientist by training, he has served as a professor, academic dean, and college president. Besides sailing, his passions include music and poetry. He is co-author of the Chesapeake Bay Mystery series.

E.L. Jefferson
I am a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies and novels. I published my first novel of short stories titled “What Do You Fear?” in 2009. I currently have eight books published and am working on my next two books which will be released in 2014. While I love the horror and thriller genre I also enjoy writing children’s stories. When I am not writing I serve as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer. Owner, Publisher of E.L.Books and

Kent County Public library
Kent County Public library is the cornerstone of the community where children and adults experience life-long learning, personal enrichment, and connection with one another.  The library provides a welcoming environment with a knowledgeable staff, robust resources, access to emerging technologies, and innovative services and programs.

Sanzi Kermes
Sanzi Kermes received her MFA in 2008 from Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds, England.  The rich cultural crossover between American and English sensibilities afforded a deeper exploration of language and etymology.  Thus, a visual exploration of Scrabble was begun as well as the conversation between Kermes and her audience via a series titled "Post Cards Home".  Her work travels the path between old techniques such as letterpress and screen print to modern technology.  

Vivian Lawry
Vivian Lawry, a prize-winning author, has published in more than three-dozen literary magazines. "Death Comes to Hollywood Cemetery" is forthcoming in Virginia Is For Mysteries, January 2014. She started sailing in 1995. Her enchantment with the Chesapeake Bay was the inspiration for Dark Harbor and Tiger Heart. Visit her website at to sample her stories, view photos of Chestertown, and learn more about the author.

Richard Morris
Richard Morris was born in Pittsburgh and spent his school years in Cleveland where he worked in Carl Stokes' first campaign for mayor of Cleveland. As a second lieutenant rifle platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam, 1967-1968, he learned first-hand about the startling tactics, spit-shined jungle boots, and fight songs of the Vietnam War (Cologne No. 10 for Men). Morris writes in Hyattsville, Maryland and is working on his third novel.

Bob O’Connor
O'Connor is a native of Dixon, IL who now lives in Charles Town, WV. He has been named finalist 4 times in National Book Award Competition. He has averaged almost 100 book events and presentation each year since his first book was published in 2006. He is single and the father of two children and the grand father of six grand children.

Don Parks
The son of a Chesapeake Bay waterman, Don Parks has wandered about the waterways since arriving on the planet. A healthy respect, admiration and fascination for the Bay were learned during his formative years growing up on the Eastern Shore. Along with a love for the Bay, Eastern Shore culture and heritage have been among Parks’ interests. The retired father and grandfather has made his home in St. Michaels since receiving his gold watch from the Caroline County Public Schools. His boat, Yankee Rover, rests only a few steps away.      

Gail Priest
Gail Priest lives in New Jersey and summers in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. ANNIE CROW KNOLL: SUNRISE is her debut novel. Her play EVA'S PIANO was produced at the Dayton Playhouse in their 2000 New Play Festival. The play also received a staged reading at the Theatre at St. Clements in NYC. The Church Hill Theatre in Church Hill, Maryland staged a reading of her play A THING WITH FEATHERS. In addition to writing novels, plays and screenplays, she teaches and directs in a high school performing arts program.

Bob Rich
Raised on Holly Beach Farm (now part of CBF) in Annapolis, I attended the University of Delaware to receive a degree in agriculture. After 30 plus years working with farms all over America, I wanted to move back "home" to Maryland which led me to meet Captain Larry Simns which inspired this first book. I now live in St. Michaels; my wife Deb works for Shore Bancshares, Inc. and I operate a farm management business serving landowners and their farmers on the Delmarva.

Nicholas P Richards
Nicholas P Richards began writing while working as a filmmaker in the Midwest. After a decade of directing, having written five feature-length screenplays, Nicholas transitioned his career to focus more on his writing. Now writing for Eastern Shore Savvy and participating regularly in NaNoWriMo, he is excited about this new chapter in his life.

Violet Rose
Violet Rose was born in Kent county Md. in1954. She is the mother of 3 daughters and is the grandmother of 5. She has loved writing all her life; a gift inherited from her mother Rebecca Hynson. She writes about life and the many blessings that are sometimes right under your nose that are often forgotten because of a hectic life. She thanks God for allowing her this opportunity and for all those who believed in her.

Schiffer Books
Family owned non-fiction specialty publisher established in 1974. Already published books on antique decoys and carving and some regional books but acquired Cornell Maritime Publishers & Tidewater Press in 2009. We continue to work with many of those and additional authors on new regional natural history, social history, lore, and children's books, and we acquired Lenny Rudow's Geared Up fishing publications in 2012. We publish a beautiful how-to woodworking book by Robert Ortiz and Mr. Ortiz's work is featured in our inspirational wood design books.

David Bruce Smith
David Bruce Smtih Publications specializes in limited-edition books on a variety of subjects. Several are about the amazing life-story of real estate developer & philanthropist Charles E. Smith. The firm’s debut children’s book American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States was published in the spring of 2013. It was written by David Bruce Smith and illustrated by Clarice Smith.
David Bruce Smith Publications is committed to educating young children through books, literature and historic sites.

LaDonna M. Smith
LaDonna M. Smith is a native of Fairmont Heights MD. She is the owner of her company Philatonian Productions that also includes Fire and Words Publishing. She has worked with several radio stations and shows; the Black Writer’s Guild of Maryland, Inc. as the Events Coordinator and Board Member on the Board of Directors. Currently, she is the Vice President of the Maryland’s Writers’ Association (Baltimore Chapter) while she establishes a Prince George’s County Chapter.

Kip Taylor
During a thirty year career teaching middle school students in Maryland, Kip Taylor developed a keen sense of what those students wanted to read, creating a fresh idea that taps into the fantasy world of seven energetic guardian angels learning to protect the world against the forces of evil. Kip keeps busy with daughters, grandchildren, dogs, and Ravens' season tickets, as well as participation in writers’ groups, book festivals, middle school workshops, and book clubs.

Type-In with Thread Lock Press and Scribbling Glue
This type-in and letter-writing social is a creative collaboration between Thread Lock Press, typewriter-enthusiast and letterpress printer, and Scribbling Glue, letter-writing champion and envelope-pusher. They are out to reintroduce people to old techniques for creating new and improbable connections. For more information, find them online at and

Pat Valdata 
Pat Valdata has two published novels: Crosswind (Wind Canyon Books, 1997) and the award-winning The Other Sister (Plain View Press, 2008); a poetry book, Inherent Vice (2011); and a chapbook, Looking for Bivalve (2002), both from Pecan Grove Press. Pat’s poetry has appeared most recently in Little Patuxent Review, Passenger and the anthology Challenges for the Delusional (Jane Street Press, 2012). Pat teaches writing for UMUC and Cecil College. She lives in Elkton.

Stephanie Verni
Stephanie Verni holds a master’s degree in Professional Writing (Towson University), and an MFA in Creative Writing (National University). She worked for the Baltimore Orioles for 13 years and is presently an associate professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University. BENEATH THE MIMOSA TREE won a bronze medal in the 2012 Annual Readers’ Favorite Awards Contest and was a Finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards. She resides in Severna Park, MD, with her family.

Thomas Parker Williams
Thomas Parker Williams lives and works in Philadelphia, PA, USA. His work includes hand-made artist book editions, unique book works, printmaking, and painting. Some of his artist book editions contain an audio element – music or sound work – composed, performed, and recorded by the artist. Tom's artist books are in numerous private and public collections, including King St. Stephen Museum, Szekesfehervar, Hungary, and Columbia University, NYC.

Robert Blake Whitehill
Robert Blake Whitehill is a Maryland Eastern Shore native, and an award-winning screenwriter at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and the Hudson Valley Film Festival.  He is also an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation award winner for his feature script U.X.O. (UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE).  He is also a contributing writer to Chesapeake Bay Magazine.  DEADRISE and NITRO EXPRESS are the first two novels of the Ben Blackshaw Series. Find out more about the author, his blog, upcoming releases, and the Chesapeake Bay at:

Mary Wood
Mary  Wood, Chestertown, lived and wrote at Indiantown , a farm on the river. Poetry, a memoir, a children’s book, and a short story collection are the result, as well as several plays, produced locally. A graduate and former Board member of Washington College, she has been encouraged and assisted by former Literary House Director, Robert Day. The artist,Kathryn Day, and book designer Jim Dissette have all been generous with their talents and encouragement. 

Timothy Young
Timothy Young is the author/illustrator of I Hate Picture Books! (Schiffer Publishing), Shadows On My Wall (Schiffer Publishing) and They're Coming! (Schiffer Publishing) along with his first book I'm Looking For A Monster! (Random House) He has worked as an art director, toy designer and animator and has designed his own App for the iPhone. He lives near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with his wife and 3 children and loves talking to students about all of the creative things they can do.