Andrew Kahrl, author of Free the Beaches, is associate professor of history and African American studies at the University of Virginia. His first book, The Land Was Ours, received the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians.
Laura Kamoie, co-author of My Dear Hamilton, is a New York Times, and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. She holds a doctoral degree from The College of William and Mary and lives in Annapolis, Md., with her husband and two daughters.
Lauren Karcz, author of The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, is a linguist, theater fan, and one-day Jeopardy! contestant. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Ga.
Lilah Katcher, co-author of Tripping the Light Fantastic, is an MFA student at American University. Her work has also appeared in Under a Shared Umbrella: Tales of Synchronicity and Happenstance.
Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger, a re-imagining of the Donner Party with a supernatural twist, has also written, The Taker, which was one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Novels in 2011.
William M. Kelso, author of Jamestown: The Truth Revealed, is the director of archaeology at Historic Jamestowne. He holds an MA in Early American History from the College of William and Mary and a PhD from Emory University. In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II named him as a “Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, (CBE).
Christopher Kempf, author of Late in the Empires of Men, is a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Chicago. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship as well as the Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.
Khizr Khan, author of An American Family and This Is Our Constitution, was born in 1950, the eldest of ten children, in Gujranwala, a small city in Pakistan. He moved to the United States with his wife, Ghazala, in 1980. The couple became American citizens and raised their three sons in Silver Spring, Maryland. Their middle son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, a graduate of UVa and its Army ROTC program, was killed in 2004 while stopping a suicide attack near Baqubah, Iraq, and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Khizr Khan holds a BA degree from the University of the Punjab, an LLB from Punjab University Law College, and an LLM from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the District of Columbia Bar, the New York State Bar, and the American Bar Association. Khan’s law practice includes complex civil litigation, electronic discovery, health privacy compliance law, and civil rights and veterans’ rights advocacy. He and Ghazala live in Charlottesville.
Denise Kiernan, author The Last Castle, a New York Times bestseller, is also a journalist and producer. Her previous title, The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR bestseller and has been published in seven languages. She lives in North Carolina.
Annabelle Kim, author of Tiger Pelt, was shortlisted by the Center for Fiction for the 2017 First Novel Prize. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in New Jersey.
Annie Kim is the author of Into the Cyclorama, winner of the 2015 Michael Waters Poetry Prize. Her poems appear, or are forthcoming, in Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, and Ninth Letter. Kim is an assistant dean at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Joan Kindig is a professor at James Madison University where she specializes in children’s and young adult literature. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award committees and is currently chairing the Odyssey Award.
Barbara J. King, author of Personalities on the Plate, is professor emerita of anthropology at the College of William and Mary. She is the author of How Animals Grieve and Evolving God. Her work has been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing.
Tal M. Klein, author of The Punch Escrow, was born in Israel, grew up in New York, and currently lives in Detroit. The Punch Escrow won the Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction award, and has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Library Journal, and Foreword.
Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers, has been published in Best American Short Stories 2016, Apogee Journal, Narrative, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony, among others.
As a selection for the 2018 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book has a discussion guide available HERE.
Linda Kobert is a local writer and educator. She currently serves as editor of the UVA medical humanities journal Hospital Drive. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The American Journal of Nursing, Lunch Ticket, Pulse, and elsewhere. She teaches writing classes at local public libraries.
Dan Kois, co-author of The World Only Spins Forward, is an editor and writer at Slate and a contributing writer to The New York Times. He lives in Arlington, Va.
Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Shadow Land, graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress. She is also the author of The Historian and The Swan Thieves.
Enid Krieger is an avid reader who moved to Charlottesville from NYC in 1997 and is very active in the community, including involvement in the African American Authors Book Club. The club has hosted an author at the Festival for the past sixteen years.
Julia Kudravetz is the owner of New Dominion Bookshop, a writer, and a founder and co-host of the Charlottesville Reading Series.
William B. Kurtz is the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History’s managing director and digital historian. He received his PhD in History in 2012 from UVA and is the author of Excommunicated from the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America. He oversees the Center’s digital projects.