Speakers

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

Carrie Brown

The Stargazer's Sister

Carrie Brown, author of The Stargazer’s Sister, has written six other novels and a collection of short stories. Among her awards is a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She lives in Virginia with her husband, the novelist John Gregory Brown.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Genre: Fiction

Eboni Bugg

Challenge into Change

Eboni Bugg is a therapist and 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.

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

Hugh Byrne

The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All

Hugh G. Byrne, author of The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All, is a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and cofounder of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington. He has worked extensively in the fields of human rights and social justice and is committed to advocating the benefits of mindfulness.

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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

Jean Cash

Rough South, Rural South, Region and Class in Recent Southern Fiction

Jean W. Cash, editor of Rough South, Rural South, Region and Class in Recent Southern Fiction, is an English professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Her publications include Larry Brown, A Writer’s Life, Flannery O’Connor, A Life, and Larry Brown and the Blue Collar South, with Keith Perry.

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

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

Sheri Castle

Rhubarb

Sheri Castle, author of Rhubarb and The Southern Living Community Cookbook, is a food writer, recipe developer, storyteller, and speaker from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, who now lives near Chapel Hill. She is fueled by mountains, farmers’ markets, bourbon, and the search for the right word.

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

Lauren Catlett

Little Star

Lauren Catlett, co-author of Little Star, is a Virginia writer and artist who finds joy in helping others discover and actualize their creative potential. She is also designer and editor of the book Shared Doings and Sayings, which celebrates the life stories and artwork of persons with dementia.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Karen Chase

Karen Chase is a professor and author of several books about literature and culture in the nineteenth century, which range widely in topic from representations of the mind, examinations of the family, studies on George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and on old age.

Genre: Non-Fiction

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.

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Catherine Clinton

Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War

Catherine Clinton, author of Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War, holds the Denman Chair of American History at University of Texas-San Antonio and has written more than 25 books. She was a consultant for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and has recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Susan Cohen

Coming of Age at the End of Nature

Susan A. Cohen, editor of Coming of Age at the End of Nature, is a professor of English and coordinator of creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is a founding member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. She lives in Arnold, Md.

Genre: Non-Fiction