Speaker Request

Below are AGT authors available to speak to your group. If you are interested in one of these programs, please fill out the SPEAKER REQUEST form below.

1. Sam Bledsoe

SUBJECT:  Should We Be Worried About  Climate Change?

DESCRIPTION:  What we must do now to mitigate the effects of Climate Change, how long we have before we see devastating damage, and what kinds of people will be most impacted by it.

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION:  20 minutes to 1 hour

FEE:  Travel expenses and ability to sell books

AREA AVAILABLE:  Within one hour of Knoxville, Tennessee

2. Sonja DuBois

SUBJECT: My story of being a child survivor of the Holocaust, during and after World War II

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION: My power point photo presentation is 30 minutes.

FEE:  If the presentation is out of Knoxville, mileage is 0.50.  per mile.  There is no speakers fee.
contact: ronson1@att.net
Books are available at $15.00

3. Jody Dyer

SUBJECT: Think outside the barn.
Jody Dyer is a natural storyteller with Appalachian roots and universal appeal.
DESCRIPTION:  Jody customizes talks to meet organizations’ demographics and goals. As a former educator, she expertly employs a variety of techniques to engage audiences. An “academic humorist,” Jody speaks on a variety of topics which include: Your Voice – Your Writing Process, Be Specific, Adventures in Self-Publishing, Workplace Empathy is Profitable, Walk a Mile in Her Bra, Be the Band, It Doesn’t Cost a Dime to be a Gentleman, Social Media is Okay; You’re Okay, and more.
LENGTH OF PRESENTATION:  30 min-1.5 hours (Additional time for Q&A is welcomed.)
FEE & EXPENSES: Travel expenses plus reasonable speaking fee (Rates vary based on certain factors.)
AREA AVAILABLE:  United States
CONTACT BY:  Email dyer.cbpublishing@gmail.com or call (865)414-4017

4. Jim Farmer

SUBJECT: Humorous subjects in my 9 books illustrated by Charlie Daniel


FEE & EXPENSES: no fee

AREA AVAILABLE: withing 100 miles (ie., Chattanooga)

5. Jared Jackson

SUBJECT: Inspirational talks on what God has brought me through, how I write and illustrate, and various other topics related to his children’s stories.



AREA AVAILABLE: within 30 miles of Knoxville

6. Ray Strobo

SUBJECT: Religious Beliefs of the Founding Fathers of the United States
DESCRIPTION: What do you know about the religious beliefs of the Founding Fathers of the United States? Contrary to what one might see on the Internet or in the Media, the Founders were, by-and-large, religious men. Religion played an important role in the their public and private lives. How do we know that? The Historical Record tells us so in pretty clear terms. My book, “Founding Fathers: Atheists? Deists? Are You Sure?”, looks at the religiosity of the 56 men who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence through the lens of over 400 separate sources: books, obituaries, newspaper articles, correspondence, speeches, wills, legislation, tombstones, magazine articles, and eulogies. An open-minded, unemotional look at this historical data leads the reader to some inescapable conclusions. (And to some interesting facts. Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July as a national holiday? No, that’s not it.)

CONTACT: By email at author627@aol.com or 865-693-7107

LENGTH OF PRESENTATION: Thirty minutes to an hour.

Fee: Travel expenses and ability to sell books