1. Meet the Author: Kwame Alexander Winning the Newbery

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    What's it like to be followed by the Fairfax Network MTA production staff...especially when you've won the 2015 Newbery Medal! Alexander tweets and talks to the class that answered the question first! Watch the live webcast on March 23!

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    • Meet The Author... Joel Blumenau

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      Cracked Eye interviews author Joel Blumenau

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      • Meet the Author: Carla Killough McClafferty

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        Author Carla Killough McClafferty's book, Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment, is a must-read for young athletes, coaches, & parents. During the program, student reporters from Robinson Secondary School (FCPS) present their perspective on sports and sports safety and Oakton High School (FCPS) coaches discuss "Heads Up" football techniques. McClafferty explains what a concussion is and what it does to your brain. She also discusses the research and planning process for a non-fiction book. In this video clip, she talks about her reserach.

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        • Meet the Author: Marilyn Johnson

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          On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Marilyn Johnson, author of "Lives in Ruins" was our featured speaker. Lives in Ruins is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu, and excavates their lives. Her subjects share stories we rarely read in history books, about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, children of the first century, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, mummies. What drives these archaeologists is not the money (meager) or the jobs (scarce) or the working conditions (dangerous), but their passion for the stories that would otherwise be buried and lost.

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          • Meet the Author: Royce Buckingham

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            In his visit to the Fairfax Network Meet the Author studio, Royce Buckingham shares his story of perseverance. He shows students an edited copy of his manuscript, which has over 1,000 editorial suggestions. Buckingham talks with the student audience about character development, the challenges for a first time writer, and his writing process trick. In this video clip, the author talks about how he uses "what ifs" in his stories.

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            • Meet the Author: Elin Hilderbrand

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              On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Elin Hilderbrand, author of Winter Street, was our featured speaker. Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can't get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley's second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines. As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley's ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn.

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              • Meet the Author: Dana Cowin

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                On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, author Dana Cowin joined us to talk about her new book, "Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen." An uproarious, inspiring cookbook from the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, in which the first lady of food spills the secret of her culinary ineptitude, while learning—finally—to cook, side-by-side with some of the greatest chefs working today, from David Chang to Alice Waters to Thomas Keller. About the Author Dana Cowin, Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief since 1995, has been covering the world of food, wine, style, and design for over 30 years. She sits on the board of directors of City Harvest, a New York City hunger-relief organization, Wholesome Wave Foundation, dedicated to providing access to sustainable foods, and Hot Bread Kitchen, an organization that helps train low-income men and women to join the culinary workforce. In 2012, she was an inductee into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who in Food & Beverage in America. She is an alumna of Brown University and lives in New York City with her husband and two children. To read more about Dana’s adventures follow her at @fwscout on Twitter and on Instagram.

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                • 2014 Annual Meeting at Darien Library with Author Kate Manning

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                  Saturday, November 1, 2014 Our guest speaker for the night was Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life. This novel is the evocative, absolutely unforgettable new novel from Kate Manning. Inspired by the true story of Ann Trow Lohman, a female physician who became one of the most controversial figures in Victorian New York City. My Notorious Life, now published in paperback, vibrantly portrays a charismatic, passionate woman who changed the lives of countless others.

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                  • Meet the Author: Erica Perl

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                    You know what? What? Chicken butt! This joke is a humorous picture book by Erica S. Perl. During her visit to Fairfax Network and the Meet the Author studio, Perl says ideas pop in her head like popcorn and she writes them down.

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                    • Meet the Author: Peter Baker

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                      Peter Baker is the Chief White House correspondent for the New York Times and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. During his visit to the MTA studio, Baker imparts journalistic wisdom, discusses what it is like to work under three presidential administrations, and evaluates impartiality in the press. A student audience from Annandale High School asks questions about Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution, and The Breach: Inside the Impeachment Trial of William Jefferson Clinton. A video story features the Annandale High School student newspaper, The A-Blast, and its business partnership with The Washington Post.

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