Chris Oakley

Chris Oakley has owned Oakley’s Gently Used Books for nineteen years. She has a journeyman’s certificate in prepress. For more than twenty years she published independent and literary magazines now housed in the University of Delaware’s Special Collections. Sci-fi/fantasy is her specialty.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Genre: Fiction

Vanessa Ochs

Inventing Jewish Rutual

Rabbi Vanessa Ochs, PhD, is professor of Religious Studies and a member of the Jewish Studies Program at UVA. Her book, Inventing Jewish Ritual received the National Jewish Book Award. Her forthcoming book is a “biography” of the Passover Haggadah.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Chris Offutt

Country Dark

Chris Offutt, author of Country Dark, has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. He is also the author of the short-story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother, and three memoirs.

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Fernando Operé

Fernando Operé is professor of Spanish at UVa. He directs the Latin American studies program, the Hispanic studies program, and the Valencia program. He is a poet, musician, actor, and soccer player.

Genre: Poetry

Gregory Orr

A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry

Gregory Orr, author of A Primer for Poets & Readers of Poetry, lives in Charlottesville and has taught for over forty years as a professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he founded its MFA Program in Writing.

Genre: Non-Fiction, Poetry

Howard Owen

The Devil's Triangle

Howard Owen, author of The Devil’s Triangle, has written over ten novels. The last six are mysteries. His novel Oregon Hill won the Dashiell Hammett Prize for best crime literature in the United States and Canada, and Grace was a finalist for the Silver Falchion award.

Speaker's Website Genre: Crime Wave