Shelley Sackier, author of The Freemason’s Daughter and Dear Opl, writes middle grade and YA fiction. She visits schools to illuminate the merits of embracing failure just like NASA and to further her campaign to erect monuments to all librarians.
Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection, is involved in the field of meditation, a teacher, and a New York Times bestselling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.
Lauren Sanders, author of The Book of Love and Hate, also wrote Kamikaze Lust, which won a Lambda Literary Award. Her writing has appeared in various publications and journals including Bookforum, American Book Review, and Time Out New York.
Hayden Saunier, author of How to Wear This Body, is a poet, professional actress, and teaching artist who grew up in Charlottesville, Va. She has published four books of poetry and been awarded the Pablo Neruda Prize, the Rattle Poetry Prize, and the Gell Poetry Award.
Kathleen Saville, author of Rowing for My Life, is on faculty at the American University in Cairo, Egypt where she teaches creative and academic writing. In the summer, she resides at her home in Vermont.
Melissa Scholes Young, author of Flood, was born and raised in Hannibal, Mo. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Narrative, Poets & Writers, and other literary journals. She teaches at American University in Washington, D.C.
Martina Scholtens, author of Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist, is a clinical instructor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, the recipient of the 2016 Mimi Divinsky Award for History and Narrative in Family Medicine, and is currently completing her residency in Public Health.
Carolyn Schuyler is the founder of Wildrock, a nature playscape and ecotherapy center in Crozet, Va.
Martin Seay, author of The Mirror Thief, lives in Chicago with his spouse, writer Kathleen Rooney. The Mirror Thief—which won praise from Publishers Weekly, NPR, and the New York Times Book Review—is his first novel.
Todd Sechser, author of Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy, is associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia and a senior fellow at the Miller Center.
Julie Segal Walters, author of This is Not a Normal Animal Book, lives in Washington, D.C., and is a former civil rights and First Amendment lawyer, as well as the founder of Civic Action Strategies, a grassroots organizing and democracy development company.
Alex Segura, author of Dangerous Ends, the latest in the Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery series, is a novelist and comic book writer. His previous works include Silent City, Down The Darkest Street, and Blackout.
Ray Shepard, author of Now or Never!, began his career as a middle school history and English teacher in Iowa. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education where he received a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, grew up in Hampton, Va., where she knew many of the women in her book. She is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellow and the recipient of a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant.
Adrian Shirk, author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy, was raised in Portland, Ore. Her essays have appeared in Catapult, and The Atlantic, among others. She has produced radio stories for Wyoming Public Media and Pop Up Archive. Currently, she teaches at Pratt Institute.
Larry Siems, editor of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary, is a writer and human rights activist, and the author of The Torture Report. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jeanne Nicholson Siler has been involved with the Festival of the Book for most of its 24 years, alternately as moderator, driver, author, and a variety of volunteer roles. Currently a staff member at VFH, she directs the Fellowship program.
Bryant Simon, author of The Hamlet Fire, is a professor of history at Temple University. His work and commentary have been featured in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, the New Republic, and other outlets.
Rosanne Simon has served on the board of the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards for the past eight years. She is committed to the Tree Stewards’ mission of protecting urban and rural forests for the present and future generations.
S. J. Sindu, author of Marriage of a Thousand Lies, was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Massachusetts. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and teaches at Ringling College of Art & Design.
Dave Singleton, author of Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush, has also written two other nonfiction books. He is a writer for various publications, a contributing editor for Scoundrel Time literary journal, and a teacher at The Writer’s Center.
Bill Sizemore, co-author of A Far, Far Better Thing: Did a Fatal Attraction Lead to a Wrongful Conviction?, is a retired Virginia journalist. He spent most of his career at the Virginian-Pilot, the state’s largest newspaper, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, author of Guantánamo Diary, was imprisoned in Guantánamo without charge or trial from August 5, 2002 until November 17, 2016. He now lives and writes in his home city of Nouakchott, Mauritania.
Tom Sleigh, author of The Land Between Two Rivers, is also the author of nine books of poetry, including Space Walk, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. He teaches at Hunter College and lives in New York.
Lindsey Smith, author of Eat Your Feelings, is also the blogger behind Food Mood Girl. She is a health coach, recipe developer, and TEDx speaker.
Mike Smith, author of And There Was Evening and There Was Morning, directs the Honors Program at Delta State University. His previous books include three collections of poetry and a translation of Goethe’s Faust. He also co-edited the anthology, Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories.
Ron Smith, author of The Humility of the Brutes, was Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2014 to 2016. He has given readings from Monticello and Mount Vernon to the Keats-Shelley House and the american ambassador’s official residence in Rome.
Earl Smith, co-author of Policing Black Bodies, is the author of several books including Race, Sport and the American Dream, African American Families Today, and The Social Dynamics of Family Violence.
Brian Sneeden, author of Last City, is a poet, translator, and essayist. He received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is the senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.
Melia Snyder, co-author of Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy, is a professor in the clinical mental health counseling program at Appalachian State University where she directs the Expressive Arts Therapy program. She is a poet, homesteader, psychotherapist, and visiting professor at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland.
Leni Sorensen is a food historian, lecturer, farmer and writer, who teaches home provisioning skills and hosts history dinners at her home in western Albemarle County.
Justin Spring, author of The Gourmands’ Way, is also the author of the biographies Fairfield Porter and Secret Historian, the latter a finalist for the National Book Award. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and numerous universities.
Martha Stafford is the founder of the Charlottesville Cooking School. She graduated from Peter Kump’s Cooking School and was awarded the Blue Ribbon. Her school provides professional and amateur cooks with high quality cooking instruction and promotes the use of local, seasonal ingredients.
Laurence Roy Stains, co-author of Through a Glass, Darkly, has been the editor of Philadelphia Magazine and is the founding editor of New Shelter. He has written for national publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Tammar Stein, author of The Six-Day Hero, has also written four young adult novels including Light Years, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Virginia with her family.
David Stenhouse is the senior producer of Backstory, the American History podcast produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He relocated with his family to Charlottesville in January.
Amy Stewart, author of Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions, is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including the science books The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants. She lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband, a rare book dealer.
As a selection for the 2018 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book has a discussion guide available HERE.
Steven Stoll, author of Ramp Hollow, is a professor of history at Fordham University and the author of The Great Delusion and Larding the Lean Earth. His writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Lapham’s Quarterly, and the New Haven Review.
Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin, was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, Ga., and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the U.S. to write full-time.
Ava Stone, author of A Scandalous Destiny, is a USA Today bestseller of Regency historical romance. Whether in the 19th Century or the 21st, her books explore deep themes but with a light touch. A single mother, Ava lives outside Raleigh, N.C.
Andy Straka is the author of A Witness Above and the Shamus Award-winning Frank Pavlicek mystery series. Among his other novels are the thriller series Dragonflies, Record of Wrongs, and the critically-acclaimed The Blue Hallelujah.
Tonya Stremlau, co-author of Tripping the Tale Fantastic, lives in suburban Washington, D.C.
Michael Suarez is director of Rare Book School, university professor, professor of English, and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at UVa. A Jesuit priest, he holds four masters degrees and a DPhil in English from Oxford. President Obama nominated him to the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Christopher Swann, author of Shadow of the Lions, earned degrees from Washington & Lee University (BA), University of Missouri (MA), and Georgia State University (PhD), and has won awards and recognition from GSU, Washington & Lee, and the Heekin Group Foundation’s Tara Fellowship for Short Fiction. He lives in Atlanta.