Joyce Abell, author of Prickly Roses, was born in 1925 in New York City and spent her childhood shuttled between parents and grandparents, living many places, from a farm in Connecticut to an embassy in Albania. After a teaching career, she and her husband moved to Rappahannock County, VA, and became organic farmers. Joyce was a founding member of Rappahannock Arts and Community Theatre, she created and co-directed “No Ordinary Person,” a dramatic reading series highlighting autobiographical stories by local citizens, still running as of 2017.
Eben Alexander, co-author of Living in a Mindful Universe, was an academic neurosurgeon for more than 25 years, including at Harvard Medical School. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven.
Rabbi Daniel Alexander, author of Seeking the Way, became rabbi emeritus in 2017 after serving as senior rabbi for 28 years at Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, Va.
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.
Derrick P. Alridge, professor in the Curry School of Education at UVA, is a U.S. educational and intellectual historian whose work examines African American education and the civil rights movement. He also serves as director of Center for Race and Public Education in the South.
Cathy Alter, author of Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing & the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush, has appeared in the Washington Post, Washingtonian, TheAtlantic.com, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is also the author of Virgin Territory and Up for Renewal.
Jason Altmire, author of Dead Center, served three terms in the United States House of Representatives from 2007–2013, during which time he was a bipartisan centrist rated to have had the most centrist voting record in the entire U.S. Congress.
Adriana Anders, author of In His Hands, the latest in the Blank Canvas series, is also co-author of the Rogue Resistance Romance series. She writes contemporary romance and hails from Virginia.
Nin Andrews, author of Miss August, is the author of fourteen poetry collections. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, Agni, The Paris Review, and four editions of Best American Poetry. Her book, Why God Is a Woman, won the 2016 Ohioana Poetry Award.
Jacob M. Appel, author of Millard Salter’s Last Day, has written over ten books including the thriller, Mask of Sanity, and the short story collection, The Liars’ Asylum. He practices psychiatry in New York City and teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshop.
Sally Atkins, co-author of Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy, is a poet, psychotherapist, professor of expressive arts at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, and professor emerita and founding coordinator of expressive arts at Appalachian State University.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Christa Avampato has had to cancel her participation.
Christa Avampato, author of Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, earned her MBA at the Darden School at the University of Virginia and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a journalist for publications such as the Washington Post.
Edward L. Ayers, author of The Thin Light of Freedom, is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal from President Obama, and is the Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond.