Marguerite Dabaie, author of The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories, is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Barbara Damrosch, co-author of Letters to a Young Farmer, is a farmer and writer. She’s written two books and has a weekly column in The Washington Post called “A Cook’s Garden”. With her husband, Eliot Coleman, she raises vegetables at Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine.
Marlene L. Daut, author of Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism, is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora Studies at the University of Virginia.
Shilpa Davé is assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and assistant professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film.
Peter Ho Davies, author of The Fortunes, was longlisted for the 2007 Booker Prize with his novel, The Welsh Girl. His most recent work, The Fortunes, won the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award as well as the 2017 Chautauqua Prize. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davies teaches at the University of Michigan.
As a selection for the 2018 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book has a discussion guide available HERE.
Alexa Day is the author of erotica and erotic romance with heroines who are anything but innocent. She likes her stories with just a touch of the inappropriate, and her literary mission is to stimulate the intellect and libido of her readers.
Tracee de Hahn, author of A Well-Timed Murder, based the Agnes Lüthi mysteries on her years living in Switzerland. Prior to writing full time, she practiced architecture and was director of alumni relations at Virginia Tech. She and her husband live in Southwest Va.
Marisa de los Santos, author of I’ll Be Your Blue Sky, is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning poet with a PhD in literature and creative writing. She lives in Wilmington, Del., with her family.
Kelley Fanto Deetz, author of Bound to the Fire, is a research associate at the James River Institute for Archaeology, and a visiting assistant professor at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.
Jamie DeMent, author of The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes & Stories from My Carolina Farm, farms and cooks on Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough, NC. In addition to being a cooking teacher, she also owns, with her partner, Richard Holcomb, Piedmont Restaurant in Durham, N.C., and Bella Bean Organics.
Tanya Denckla Cobb is an environmental mediator, teacher, and author, as well as director of the UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation. Her books include Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Movement is Changing The Way We Eat and Gardeners A to Z Guide to Growing Organic Food.
Camille Di Maio, author of Before the Rain Falls, is excited to be living in Virginia again after way too long. Her first novel, The Memory of Us, was a bestseller in 2016. She has been married for twenty years, has four children, and a passion for travel that informs her writing.
Dan Doernberg, president of public interest group Fairness.com LLC, is the creator of NowComment, a close reading/critical thinking cloud-based tool used at UVa and other schools. He co-founded Silicon Valley’s Computer Literacy Bookshops, which went public after its sale in 1997.
Rita Dove is a former U.S. Poet Laureate (1993-1995) and recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Her most recent poetry collections are Collected Poems, 1974-2004 and Sonata Mulattica. She is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
Jim Downs, author of Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation, also wrote Sick From Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering, and was a recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Multiyear Fellowship. He is a professor of history at Connecticut College.
Jen Doyle, author of Calling It, has an MS in library and information science and has been working in the field of education for most of her professional career. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America.
Tom Doyle, author of War and Craft, writes science fiction and fantasy in Washington, D.C. A graduate of the Clarion Writing Workshop, he has survived Harvard, Stanford, and cancer. He also runs and plays in a jam band.
Stephanie Dray, co-author of My Dear Hamilton, is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her work has been translated into six different languages, was nominated for RWA’s RITA Award, and won NJRW’s Golden Leaf.
Emily Dufton, author of Grass Roots, holds a PhD in American Studies from George Washington University. She lives outside of Washington, D.C.
Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. She also serves as director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company.