Speakers

Barbara Damrosch

Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future

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.

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

Shilpa Davé

Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film

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.

Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Peter Ho Davies

The Fortunes

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.

Speaker's Website Genre: Fiction

Tags: Pop-Up Book Club

Alexa Day

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.

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Jamie DeMent

The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes and Stories from My Carolina Farm

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.

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

Dan Doernberg

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.

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Rita Dove

Collected Poems 1974-2004

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.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry

Jim Downs

Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation

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.

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Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

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.

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