La Rambla Stage

Master of Ceremonies Steve Piacente.  Special Guests:  Michael Dirda, Charles McGee. Col. USAF (Ret), Peter Cozzens, Frances Frost and Ray Locker.

Special Guests

Meet Our Featured Authors!

The 2016 Day of the Book will play host to a diverse and fascinating group of featured authors. This year’s group includes an independent publisher, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and even a celebrated member of the Tuskegee Airmen! Check back frequently to learn more about the writers and their work, and make sure to bring your questions to the Featured Authors Tent on April 24.


Master of Ceremonies – Steve Piacente

11:15-11:30 and 3:45-3:50

Steve Piacente is an Executive Communication Coach at The Communication Center in Washington DC, a former journalist, and an award-winning author…[More]


Michael Dirda
Sponsored by the Kensington Park Friends of the Library


Michael Dirda is a Pulitzer Prize-winning literary journalist and a weekly reviewer for The Washington Post…[More]


Charles Edward McGee. Colonel. USAF (Ret)


Charles E. McGee received his silver wings as a single engine pilot and was commissioned second lieutenant on 30 June 1943, graduating at Tuskegee Army Air Field, Alabama, in Class 43-F and was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame on 16 July 2011…[More]


Peter Cozzens 


Peter Cozzens is the author of sixteen critically acclaimed books on the American Civil War and the American West and was a frequent contributor to the New York Times “Disunion” series, America’s Civil War, Civil War Times Illustrated, and MHQ, among other publications…[More]


Frances Frost


Frances is the author of Life in Spades, the blog, Just Piddlin’ and is an independent publisher. Her second novel is due in Spring 2016. …[More]

Ray Locker book jacket photo

Ray Locker


Ray Locker is the author of  Nixon’s Gamble: How a President’s Own Secret Government Destroyed His Administration and is the Washington enterprise editor for USA Today. His work as a reporter and editor has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes…[More]