Speakers

Elliot Ackerman

Waiting For Eden

Elliot Ackerman, author of Waiting for Eden, has been a finalist for the National Book Award. He is a former White House Fellow and a Marine, and has received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

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Cassius Adair

Cassius Adair is an associate producer at With Good Reason, a public radio program produced by Virginia Humanities. He also has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Michigan, and has published on LGBT literature and culture.

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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Friday Black

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black, has an MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including Guernica, Printer’s Row, and Breakwater Review, where ZZ Packer awarded him the Breakwater Review Fiction Prize.

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André Alexis

Days by Moonlight

André Alexis, author of Days by Moonlight, was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His most recent novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Trillium Book Award. He received the Wyndham-Campbell Prize in 2017 for his body of work.

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Jane Alison

Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative

Jane Alison, author of Meander, Spiral, Explode, has written a memoir, The Sisters Antipodes, and four novels—The Love-Artist, The Marriage of the Sea, Natives and Exotics, and Nine Island—and is also the translator of Ovid’s stories, Change Me. She is professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia.

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Jeffery Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of five books of fiction and prose, including Song of the Shank, a novel which was loosely based on a real an actual person, the musical prodigy Blind Tom. Allen is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

Genre: Poetry

Brooklyn Allen

Lumberjanes #3: The Good Egg

Brooklyn Allen, illustrator of the Lumberjanes series, is also a co-creator of the series and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Brooklyn lives in Richmond, Va.

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Jennifer Alluisi

Jennifer Alluisi is the organizer of the Good Reads and Good Eats book club in Charlottesville. She is a lifelong book-lover who spends most of her free time reading at home with her husband and daughter, cross-stitching, and watching a wide variety of internet TV.

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Laurie Halse Anderson

SHOUT

Laurie Halse Anderson, author of SHOUT, is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold more than eight million copies. A two-time National Book Award finalist and a Margaret A. Edwards Award winner, she is an advocate for diversity in publishing, a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council, and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. She lives in Philadelphia.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction, Poetry

Maggie Anderson

Dear All,

Maggie Anderson, author of Dear All, has received various fellowships including two from the National Endowment for the Arts. Anderson is professor emerita of English at Kent State University and now lives in Asheville, N.C.

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Carol Anderson

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy

Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote and We Are Not Yet Equal, is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She was a Guggenheim Fellow for Constitutional Studies and is the author of White Rage, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Anderson lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Andi Arndt

Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates

Andi Arndt, a member of the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame, has narrated over 300 audiobooks in both fiction and nonfiction and earned multiple Audie Awards for her work. She is founder and executive producer of Lyric Audiobooks, which produces award winning audiobooks for bestselling indie authors.

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Raymond Arsenault

Arthur Ashe: A Life

Raymond Arsenault, author of Arthur Ashe: A Life, is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. One of the nation’s leading civil rights historians, he is the author of several acclaimed and prize-winning books.

Genre: Non-Fiction