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Diane Ackerman

Poet, Naturalist and Essayist Diane Ackerman

Ackerman’s latest book, “One Hundred Names for Love” was named a finalist as the best autobiography of 2011 by the National Book Critics Circle.

Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including A Natural History of the Senses—a book beloved by millions of readers all over the world. Her most recent, One Hundred Names for Love, has been described by Booklist as “A gorgeously engrossing, affecting, sweetly funny, and mind-opening love story of crisis, determination, creativity, and repair.” The Chicago Tribune reports, “If you’re lucky, you have someone in your life like Diane Ackerman: smart and capable, and successful in the world of grownups. But still brimming with the kind of infectious enthusiasm and wonder found generally only in children.”



Novelist Robin Oliveira in Conversation with Cokie Roberts


Best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning commentator Cokie Roberts returned for another Frederick Reads event—this time, to interview Robin Oliveira about her debut novel, "My Name Is Mary Sutter."


Oliveira’s historical novel opens on the eve of the Civil War and goes on to tell the epic story of a young woman who—determined to overcome prejudices against women in medicine—becomes one of the nation’s first female doctors.


Roberts’ own books focus on American women and the important roles they played in the shaping of the United States, and she discussed women’s roles in Oliveira’s novel.





Award-winning Science Writer and Best-selling Author Rebecca Skloot in Conversation with NPR’s Michele Norris




2012 Frederick Reads welcomed award-winning science writer and best-selling author Rebecca Skloot, whose debut book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” was named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010. The book tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of.


Skloot was interviewed by award-winning journalist and author, Michele Norris, host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” and one of the most respected voices in American journalism. Norris has interviewed world leaders, Nobel laureates, Oscar winners, American presidents, military leaders, influential newsmakers and even astronauts traveling in outer space. Norris earned both an Emmy Award and Peabody Award for her contribution to ABC News’ coverage of 9/11. In 2010, Norris’ book, “The Grace of Silence: a Memoir” was published in which she unearthed long hidden family secrets that raise questions about her racial legacy and shed new light on America’s complicated racial history.


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Special thanks to 2012 Frederick Reads event sponsors, including:


Robert D. and Barbara E. Hanson Fund through Hood College, the Hood College Center for the Humanities Colloquium, William J. and Wilma M. Haines Lecture in Biomedical Ethics, Frederick Community College, National Public Radio, Ausherman Family Foundation, the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Frederick Arts Council, Frederick County Public Libraries, Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries, Weinberg Center for the Arts, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Maryland Life Magazine, Maryland Public Television, Wilson Information Services Corp. at NCI-Frederick , Frederick Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Tourism Council of Frederick County, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Downtown Frederick Partnership, Frederick County Public Schools, and other organizations and dedicated individuals.