Speakers

Allissa Richardson

Allissa V. Richardson is the author of Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones and the New Protest #Journalism. She is an assistant professor of journalism at USC Annenberg, and …

Nev March

Nev March, author of Murder in Old Bombay, is the winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America 1st Crime Novel Award. Leaving a career in business analysis in 2015 …

Jasmine Aimaq

Jasmine Aimaq, author of The Opium Prince, has taught History and International Relations and also had a career in nonprofit. She was director of press and corporate relations at the …

Meredith Cole

Meredith Cole was the winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic competition and her first book, Posed for Murder, was nominated for an Agatha Award. She teaches writing, and her …

Priscilla Oliveras

Priscilla Oliveras, author of Holiday Home Run, writes contemporary romance with a Latinx flavor. Her work has garnered praise from The Washington Post, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Oprah …

Sarah Morgenthaler

Sarah Morgenthaler, author of Mistletoe and Mr. Right, is a geologist and lifelong science nerd. She is a passionate supporter of chocolate chip cookies, geeking out over rocks, and playing …

Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert, author of Wrapped Up In You, is a novelist who lives in a bedroom full of books. She writes steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people of …

Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald is the University of Virginia’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships. He joined UVA after serving as the chief diversity officer and vice chancellor for …

Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, is the founder of Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, which maintains the first-ever national dataset of evictions in America, …

Juli Delgado Lopera

Juli Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer based in San Francisco. They’re the author of The New York Times acclaimed novel Fiebre Tropical, a finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for …

Maaza Mengiste

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Maaza Mengiste received a 2020 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Also a Fulbright Scholar and a professor at Queens …

Jill Bialosky

Jill Bialosky is Executive Editor, VP at W. W. Norton & Co. She is also author of five collections of poetry, three novels, most recently, The Prize, and a two …

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