Participants

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Kwame Alexander

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Kwame Alexander, co-author of Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, is a poet, educator, and author of twenty-one books for children, including The Crossover, which was awarded the 2015 Newbery Medal.

The founder of two literacy organizations, he regularly travels the world as a literacy advocate and expert. Currently the poet laureate of LitWorld, Alexander lives in Virginia.

Author's Website Author's Facebook Author's Twitter Genre: Children/Youth, Poetry

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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

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John Benditt

The Boatmaker

John Benditt, author of The Boatmaker, is a former editor at Scientific American and was editor-in-chief of Technology Review. As an undergraduate at Swarthmore College he studied with Adrienne Rich and was awarded the John Russell Hayes Poetry Prize by Robert Creeley. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Author's Website Author's Facebook Genre: Fiction

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Susan Berres

Susan Berres, founder and organizer of the Bus Lines Community Poetry contest, seeks to promote poetry and flash fiction in public spaces and provide opportunities for writers of all ages to share their work.

Genre: Poetry

Sheila Blackford

Sheila Blackford

Sheila Blackford is the librarian at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, a non-partisan research institute that focuses on the U.S. presidency. She is also managing editor of American President, a general reference website on all 44 presidencies.

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

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Nell Boeschenstein

Nell Boeschenstein teaches creative writing at Sweet Briar College. She is a former producer at Fresh Air with Terry Gross and has her MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University.

Author's Twitter Genre: Fiction

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Rick Britton

Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History

Rick Britton, author of Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History, which shares a glimpse of life in the Old Dominion, is a cartographer, tour guide and local historian.

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

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Kate Buford

Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe

Kate Buford, author of Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe and Burt Lancaster: An American Life, both Editors’ Choice of The New York Times, has been a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition and APM’s Marketplace.

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

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Eboni Bugg

Challenge into Change

Eboni Bugg is a therapist & community programs director at The Women’s Initiative where she focuses on improving access to care and helping women make meaningful changes in their lives. She’s an avid reader and believes in the power of stories to heal and transform.

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

Blake Caravati

Blake Caravati

Blake Caravati is a former planning commissioner and mayor of Charlottesville. He has served on the Virginia Festival of the Book Advisory Council and has moderated program for sixteen years.

Genre: Non-Fiction

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Marcia Childress

Marcia Day Childress is director of the Medical Center Hour, the UVa School of Medicine’s weekly public forum on medicine and society. She also directs humanities and arts programming for the medical school’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities.

Author's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

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Sylvia Chong

The Oriental Obscene: Violence and Racial Fantasies in the Vietnam Era

Sylvia Chong is associate professor of English and American Studies at UVa, and is affiliated with the East Asia Center. She also runs the Minor in Asian Pacific American Studies. She is the author of The Oriental Obscene: Violence and Racial Fantasies in the Vietnam Era.

Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction

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Ashley Christensen

Poole's: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner

Ashley Christensen, author of Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner, is the chef and owner of seven restaurants in Raleigh, N.C.

She is involved in many charities, including the Frankie Lemmon Foundation and Share Our Strength.

In 2014, she was awarded the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast.

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

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Leone Ciporin

Leone Ciporin is the author of four mini-mysteries in Woman’s World magazine, two stories in the Chesapeake Crimes series from Wildside Press, and a story in The Hook. When she’s not writing mysteries, she’s a manager at State Farm.

Author's Website Author's Twitter Genre: Crime Wave

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Meredith Cole

Virginia is for Mysteries

Meredith Cole, author of Virginia is for Mysteries, started her career as a filmmaker and screenwriter. She is the author of several mystery novels, and her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies and magazines. She teaches writing in Charlottesville, Va.

Author's Website Author's Twitter Genre: Publishing

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Tanya Denckla Cobb

Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement is Changing the Way We Eat

Tanya Denckla Cobb is Associate Director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia. She is an environmental mediator, writer, and has taught conflict resolution and food system planning at the University of Virginia.

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

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Dan Doernberg

Dan Doernberg, president of public interest group Fairness.com LLC, is the creator of NowComment, a close reading/critical thinking cloud-based tool used at UVa and other schools. He co-founded Silicon Valley’s Computer Literacy Bookshops, which went public after its sale in 1997.

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