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Elizabeth Catte

Elizabeth Catte, author of Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia and What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, is a historian and writer living in Virginia. She …

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Kenn Kaufman

Kenn Kaufman, author of A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration, has observed bird migration on all seven continents. He’s editor and coauthor of seven titles …

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Polina Chesnakova

Polina Chesnakova, author of Hot Cheese: Over 50 Gooey, Oozy, Melty Recipes, is a Seattle-based food writer, recipe developer, and cooking class instructor. Her work has been featured in The …

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Luisa Igloria

Luisa A. Igloria, author of Maps for Migrants and Ghosts, a co-recipient of the 2020 Crab Orchard Poetry Open, thirteen other books of poetry, and four chapbooks, is originally from …

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Judith Heumann

Judith Heumann, author of Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, is an internationally recognized leader in disability rights advocacy at home and abroad, serving in the …

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Catherine Coleman Flowers

Catherine Coleman Flowers, author of Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice and the rural development manager …

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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson, author of Before the Ever After, is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books, including the 2014 National Book Award-winning memoir in verse, Brown Girl …

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John Grisham

John Grisham is the author of thirty-five novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and six novels for young readers. He is a longtime member of the Board …

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Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin, author of A Song for the Dark Times and dozens of other bestselling novels in the John Rebus series and others, has received the Chandler-Fulbright Award; four Crime …

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Kerri Arsenault

Kerri Arsenault, author of Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains, is a book critic, book editor at Orion magazine, and contributing editor at Lit Hub. Her work has appeared in …

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Vashti Harrison

Vashti Harrison, author-illustrator of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History and Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World, is an artist and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. She …

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Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar, author of Homeland Elegies, is a novelist and playwright. His work has been published and performed in over two dozen languages. He is the winner of the Pulitzer …

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