Speakers

Martina Scholtens

Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist: A Doctor Reflects on Ten Years at a Refugee Clinic

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.

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Todd Sechser

Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy

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.

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Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

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.

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Adrian Shirk

And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Stories From the Byways of American Women and Religion

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.

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Jeanne Siler

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.

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Bryant Simon

The Hamlet Fire: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives

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.

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Rosanne Simon

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.

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Dave Singleton

Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush

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.

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Bill Sizemore

A Far, Far Better Thing: Did a Fatal Attraction Lead to a Wrongful Conviction?

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.

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Mike Smith

And There Was Evening and There Was Morning

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.

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Melia Snyder

Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy: Integrating the Expressive Arts and Ecotherapy

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.

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Justin Spring

The Gourmands' Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy

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.

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Martha Stafford

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.

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Laurence Roy Stains

Through a Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All

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.

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Steven Stoll

Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia

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.

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Michael Suarez

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.

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