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Gigi Amateau

Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel
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Gigi Amateau, author of Come August, Come Freedom, has published four middle grade and young adult novels. A Mississippi native, she lives in Richmond, Virginia.


Hannah Barnaby

Wonder Show
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Hannah Barnaby, author of Wonder Show, holds an MA in Children's Literature from Simmons College and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. A former children's book editor and bookseller, she lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Cheryl Barnes

Liberty Lee's Tail of Independence
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Cheryl Barnes is the best-selling coauthor/illustrator behind Liberty Lee's Tail of Independence, and many books featuring animal characters who teach children about history and government. Cheryl has a background in architecture.


Bethany Joy Carlson

The Rival
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Bethany Joy Carlson, author of The Rival, has done everything from sending fish into space with NASA to leading desert tours in Peru. Now she writes stories about her love of animals, adventure, and chicks who dig science.

Genres:Publishing, Children/Youth

Susan Champlin

Fight for Freedom
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Susan Champlin, is coauthor with Stan Mack of Fight for Freedom, a historical graphic novel set in Virginia during the Civil War. This is their second book for young people. The first book was Road to Revolution!


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Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren

Josias, Hold the Book
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Jennifer Elvgren, author of Josias, Hold the Book, is a former print journalist, whose children's fiction has appeared in Highlights for Children, Ladybug, and Spider magazines. Josias, Hold the Book received an Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature.

Genres:Publishing, Children/Youth

Kathryn Erskine

The Absolute Value of Mike
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Kathryn Erskine, author of The Absolute Value of Mike, is a lawyer-turned-author who grew up in numerous countries and now calls Virginia home. A National Book Award winner and frequent workshop presenter, she is a big fan of the Book Festival!


Marfe Ferguson Delano

Master George's People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation

Marfe Ferguson Delano, author of Master George's People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation, is the author of more than 15 nonfiction books for young readers, on topics ranging from Albert Einstein to global warming.


Geoffrey Haas

Who Knows the Seasons?
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Geoffrey Haas, author of Who Knows the Seasons?, is a Charlottesville native, UVa grad, and a local business owner. Who Knows the Seasons? is his first book, and first collaboration with illustrator Louise Satterfield.