Please note, the list of speakers is constantly being updated. Check back often for additions, changes and cancellations.

Lisa Bankoff

Lisa Bankoff, literary agent with ICM Partners, represents quality fiction and nonfiction. Clients include present and past Festival participants Carrie Brown (The Stargazer’s Sister), Julia Claiborne Johnson (Be Frank with Me), and Douglas Brinkley (Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America).

Speaker's Website Genre: Publishing

Michael Carlisle

Michael V. Carlisle, the son of two authors, began his career at William Morris Agency before founding Carlisle & Company. His best-selling authors have received the Nobel, Man Booker, and Pulitzer Prizes, among others. His clients include Dava Sobel, John Casey, Elin Hilderbrand, and James Gleick.

Speaker's Website Genre: Publishing

John Casteen III

16 Stories

John Casteen is UVA’s president emeritus and now a University professor teaching in English, Architecture (cultural history related to Venice), and public policy. He writes primarily about public policy issues, and he sometimes writes short fiction.

Genre: Publishing

C. Michael Curtis

Faith: Stories

Due to unforeseen circumstances and with great regret, Mr. Curtis has had to cancel his participation.

C. Michael Curtis has been an editor at The Atlantic since 1963. Under his direction, the magazine has won numerous fiction prizes, including the National Magazine Award for fiction. He has been widely published and has taught at many colleges; he currently teaches at Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.

Genre: Publishing

Will Damron

Will Damron is a native Virginian with over 150 audiobook credits. When performing steamier romances, he records as Jeremy York, and has voiced bestselling works by Silvia Day, Maya Banks, and C.D. Reiss, among others. He is a two-time Voice Arts Award Winner and he has won multiple Earphones Awards.

Speaker's Website Genre: Publishing, Romance

Luke Daniels

Luke Daniels has narrated over 400 audiobooks. He has been the grateful recipient of thirteen Earphones awards and four Audie nominations. His work ranges from Kerouac to Updike, Nora Roberts to Heather Graham, Dean Koontz to Phillip K. Dick. His background is in classical theater and film.

Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Publishing, Romance

Lulu Delacre

¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado; Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest

Lulu Delacre, bilingual author of ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Olinguito, from A to Z!, has illustrated 37 books, many of which she also wrote. A three-time Pura Belpré Award honoree, she has lectured internationally and exhibited at the Eric Carle Museum, among other venues.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Children/Youth, Publishing

Jane Friedman

Publishing 101: A First-Time Author’s Guide to Getting Published, Marketing and Promoting Your Book, and Building a Successful Career

Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest. In addition to being a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Publishing

Roye Okupe

E.X.O. - The Legend of Wale Williams Part 2

Roye Okupe, author of E.X.O. – The Legend of Wale Williams, is a creative specialist who founded YouNeek Studios in 2012. YouNeek allows him to pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes through graphic novels and animated productions. Okupe is a featured participant in the 2017 Festival Writer Residency program, a collaboration between the Virginia Festival of the Book and the Tom Tom Founders Festival.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Children/Youth, Publishing