Stephen Macko is a professor of environmental sciences at UVa, where he teaches courses in oceanography, sustainable practices, and geochemistry.
Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University.
Erin Mahone, author of If You Could See Me, is an advocate for ending mental health stigma.
Charles C. Mann, author of The Wizard and the Prophet, is a correspondent for the Atlantic, Science, and Wired, and has also written for many other publications, HBO network and the series Law & Order.
Peter Manseau, author of The Apparitionists, is the curator of American religious history at the Smithsonian and the author of six other books. He writes often on religion and history for publications including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.
Karen Wright Marsh, author of Vintage Saints & Sinners: 25 Christians Who Transformed My Faith, is the executive director and co-founder of Theological Horizons, a Charlottesville ministry. She holds degrees in philosophy and linguistics from Wheaton College and UVA.
Megan Marshall, author of Elizabeth Bishop, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for Margaret Fuller. Her first biography, The Peabody Sisters, was a Pulitzer finalist. She is the Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College.
Ramona Martinez is a producer on BackStory. Martinez grew up as the daughter of a foreign service officer and, in many different countries, reflected on the idea of home and cultural identity. She definitely believes in ghosts, but has never been haunted.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body, is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award. Her essays appear in The New York Times and Oxford American. She currently lives in Boston and teaches writing at Grub Street and Harvard.
Nick Mathews is the former editor-in-chief at the Charlottesville Daily Progress and the former sports editor at the Houston Chronicle and Newport News Daily Press. Nick and his wife Diane live in Earlysville.
Gerald McDermott, author of Famous Stutterers, has published eighteen books in religion and theology.
Maryn McKenna, author of Big Chicken, is a journalist and the author of two earlier books, Superbug and Beating Back the Devil. She writes for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Newsweek, NPR, Wired, National Geographic, Scientific American, Slate, Nature, and others.
Leland Melvin, author of Chasing Space, is an engineer and NASA astronaut, as well as a former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions. He served on the space shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist and was named the NASA Associate Administrator for Education in October 2010. He also served as a co-chair on the White House’s Federal Coordination in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Task Force, developing the nation’s five-year STEM education plan.
He is the host of the Lifetime show Child Genius and a judge for ABC’s BattleBots. He holds four honorary doctorates and has received the NFL Player Association Award of Excellence. He lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Doug Meyer is an assistant professor of LGBTQ studies in the Women, Gender & Sexuality Department at the University of Virginia. His work focuses on anti-queer violence, which includes his book, Violence against Queer People.
Russell Miller, author of Privacy and Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair, is the J.B. Stombock Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University. His research and teaching focus on German law and legal culture, comparative law theory and methods, and American public law.
Adrian Miller, author of The President’s Kitchen Cabinet, is a writer, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colo. He has served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, a senior policy analyst for Colorado governor Bill Ritter Jr., and a Southern Foodways Alliance board member.
Thomas Mira y Lopez, author of The Book of Resting Places, is from New York City. He earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona. His work has appeared in the Georgia Review, Kenyon Review Online, and the Normal School, among other publications.
Tova Mirvis, author of The Book of Separation, is also the author of three novels, including The Ladies Auxiliary. Her essays have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Poets & Writers.
Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls, is a former staff writer for The Washington Post. She is the author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller Michelle: A Biography, and writes for The Atlantic and Politico.
As a selection for the 2018 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book has a discussion guide available HERE.