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As guardians of the past, APB's historical nonfiction speakers and biography speakers ensure that history's strongest lessons are never forgotten. Profiling the people and events that shaped the world we live in today, these historians' and biographers' richly detailed keynotes take audiences on a captivating journey through time.

Historian & Biographer

Biographer & Historian

The daughter of 37th US President Richard Nixon, Julie Nixon Eisenhower is a best-selling author, editor, and speaker on such subjects as the presidency, women in politics, and life in the White House.

Documentary Filmmaker

Named "the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation" by The New York Times, speaker Ken Burns produced unparalleled features such as The Civil War and Lewis and Clark.

Historian / Biographer / Teacher

Grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, David is an esteemed political scientist and historian with great insight into American history and the leaders who have shaped it. He is also author of "Eisenhower: At War".

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian

A renowned professor of American history at Stanford University, Kennedy is one of America's most versatile historians, offering convention-shattering revelations about 20th Century America. Author of Freedom from Fear: The American People in...

Author of Running with the Bulls

Hemingway has evoked the magic and the pathos of Papa Hemingway's last years in Running with the Bulls, published by Ballentine Books in 2006. The account of what she enjoyed, and what she endured, during her astonishing years of living as...

Best-Selling Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the bestsellers Confederates in the Attic and Baghdad without a Map, Horwitz chronicles his vicarious voyages throughout the world with good humor and a genuine affection for his subjects. He...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Rick Bragg is the author of two best-selling books, All Over but the Shoutin' and Ava's Man. He joined The New York Times in 1994 and has covered events like the Oklahoma City bombing.

Scholar, Author & Playwright

Award-winning teacher of the great masters of English and American literature. Featured on PBS nationwide for his mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens. His brilliance as a speaker and sense of humor bring great authors and literature to life...

Best-Selling Author of Forrest Gump

Groom took the publishing world by storm when his 1986 novel Forrest Gump flew to the top of The New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for 21 weeks. It has sold over 2.5 million copies in the United States alone on the...

New York Times Best-Selling Author & Musician

An award-winning jazz musician, McBride is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water, a memoir that has become a modern classic. Spike Lee directed the film adaptation of McBride's book, Miracle at St. Anna...

Columnist & Humorist

Popular novelist and food writer Calvin Trillin has been called "one of the wittiest writers of our time." He pens columns for The New Yorker and The Nation.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author & Journalist

Sonia Nazario, a former projects reporter for The Los Angeles Times, has spent more than two decades reporting and writing about social issues, earning her dozens of national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her...

Best-Selling Author

Terry McMillan was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan and discovered her love of literature while shelving books at the local library. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Terry published her debut novel, Mama, in 1987. During her tenure as a...

Best-Selling Author of Z, A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Therese Anne Fowler is the New York Times best-selling author of Z, A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, which brings justice to the legacy of Zelda, F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife.

Pulitzer Nominee, Award-Winning Author & Reporter

Best known as the author of the New York Times bestseller The Butler: A Witness to History, Wil Haygood is a distinguished writer whose career has spanned decades. He was an associate producer on the film adaptation of his book, ...

Tony Award Winning Producer and NY Times Best Selling Author

Vivek J. Tiwary is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning producer of Broadway shows, film, television and graphic novels. On Broadway, Tiwary’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards from 44 Tony nominations—...

Biographer & Author

A best-selling author and Kennedy expert, speaker Laurence Leamer most recently authored Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger, which USA Today called "truly fantastic."

Research Professor & Historian of Education

Diane Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and a prolific writer, who has published more than 500 articles and reviews for scholarly and popular publications on the subject. Ravitch is internationally acclaimed for...

Award-Winning Historian & Best-Selling Author

Called "the nation's leading Presidential historian" by Newsweek, Michael Beschloss served as NBC News' first Presidential Historian.

Author, Educator & Historian

A former chair of the US Civil Rights Commission, law professor and civil rights historian, Dr. Mary Frances Berry defends the rights of all people, supporting issues from fair housing to equal...

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