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Karen Abbott

Liar Temptress Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and American Rose. She also contributes to Smithsonian magazine’s history blog, Past Imperfect, and writes for Disunion, the New York Times series about the Civil War.

Author's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Patricia Aburdene

Patricia Aburdene

Conscious Money: Living, Creating, and Investing with Your Values for a Sustainable New Prosperity

Patricia Aburdene, author of Conscious Money: Living, Creating, and Investing with Your Values for a Sustainable New Prosperity, is one of the world’s leading social forecasters and author of the Megatrends 2010. She collaborated with John Naisbitt on the publishing phenomenon Megatrends.

Author's Website Author's Facebook Author's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Dan Albergotti

Dan Albergotti

Millennial Teeth

Dan Albergotti, author of Millennial Teeth, is a professor of English at Coastal Carolina University. His previous collection, The Boatloads, won the Poulin Poetry Prize from BOA Editions, and his chapbook, The Use of the World, came out from Unicorn Press in 2013.

Author's Facebook Genre: Poetry

Leslie Alexander

Leslie Alexander

Dental Herbalism: Natural Therapies for the Mouth

Leslie Alexander, co-author of Dental Herbalism: Natural Therapies for the Mouth, is a clinical herbalist, educator and author. She teaches about the varied uses of medicinal herbs and encourages people to support their oral health, and their systemic health, through targeted herbal interventions.

Author's Website Author's Facebook Genre: Non-Fiction

Alexander, Kwame

Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander, author of the 2015 Newbery Medal winning-novel The Crossover, has written 18 books, including Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band, a picture book, and He Said She Said, his debut YA novel and a Junior Library Guild Selection. He is an NAACP Image Award nominee and has created 3,000 student authors through his Book-in-a-Day program.

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Jennifer Alluisi

Jen Alluisi is the organizer of the Good Reads and Good Eats book club in Charlottesville. She is a lifelong book-lover who spends most of her free time reading at home with her husband and daughter and watching Gilmore Girls re-runs.

Author's Twitter Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction


Steve Almond

Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto

Steve Almond is the author of eight books, most recently the New York Times bestseller Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto. His short stories have been anthologized in the Best American Short Stories and his journalism appears regularly in the New York Times Magazine.

Author's Website Author's Facebook Author's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson

Costa Rica: A Little Rhino Coloring Book

Bob Anderson, author and illustrator of Costa Rica: A Little Rhino Coloring Book, was raised in Hawaii where he became interested in rain forests. Most recently he has been the “artist-in-residence” at the Piro Biological Research Center on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica.

Author's Website Genre: Children/Youth

Jacob Appel

Jacob Appel

The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up

Jacob M. Appel, author of the novels The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up and The Biology of Luck, has published more than two hundred short stories in leading literary journals. He was most recently writer-in-residence at Yeshiva University and an instructor at the Gotham Writer’s Workshop.

Author's Website Genre: Fiction

Blake Bailey

Blake Bailey

The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait

Blake Bailey is the author of acclaimed biographies of John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson, and he is at work on the authorized biography of Philip Roth. His most recent book, The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait, is a memoir.

Author's Website Author's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Taylor-Alexis Barber

Taylor-Alexis Barber

Tales of Riley the Mouse

Taylor-Alexis Barber of Rock Hill, South Carolina is author of Tales of Riley The Mouse. Taylor is a 12 year old 7th grader in Rock Hill, SC. She lives with her parents, Twan & Sherille Barber and her older sister, Tiffany Barber.

Genre: Children/Youth

LaShonda Barnett

LaShonda Barnett

Jam! On the Vine

LaShonda Katrice Barnett, author of Jam On the Vine, won the College Language Association’s Award for short fiction. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence and Brown University, and holds a PhD in American Studies from The College of William and Mary.

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Jim Beall

Jim Beall is a professional nuclear engineer with more than forty years of experience including operations,  nuclear officer, USN; design, Duke Power; construction, United Engineers & Constructors; inspection, USNRC; and energy policy, USNRC Commissioner Assistant.

Author's Facebook Genre: Non-Fiction

Sandra Beasley

Sandra Beasley

I Was the Jukebox: Poems

Sandra Beasley, author of I Was the Jukebox, won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize; her other titles include Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir and cultural history of allergy, and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Prize. She lives in Washington, DC.

Author's Website Author's Facebook Author's Twitter Genre: Poetry


Gay Beery

Our Local Commons

Gay Beery, founding chef and owner of A Pimento Catering, enjoys bringing the love she felt at family meals growing up to the tables of those she serves today. She has worked as chef, designer, event planner and mentor to children, young adults and anyone else eager to learn and work in her kitchens.

Author's Website Genre: Non-Fiction