Speakers

Amy Bass

One Goal: A Coach, A Team, and the Game that Brought A Divided Town Together

Emmy-award-winning writer Amy Bass, author of One Goal, named a best book of 2018 by The Boston Globe and Library Journal, has had a fruitful career as a professor and writer on sports, politics, and culture, as well as with NBC across eight Olympic Games.

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Cece Bell

Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!

Cece Bell, author of Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!, is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover, and the Newbery Honor Book El Deafo. She lives in Virginia with her family.

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Tory Bilski

Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland

Tory Bilski, author of Wild Horses of the Summer Sun, is a travel writer who writes primarily about Iceland—its people, horses, and history. She is the creator of the award-winning blog, Icelandica, featuring tales of adventure (and misadventure) with a group of fellow women travelers in Iceland.

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Cara Black

Three Hours in Paris

Cara Black is the author of Murder in Bel-Air and eighteen other books in the New York Times-bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, and the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, awarded in recognition of contributions to international culture. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

 

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Andrea Bobotis

The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt

Andrea Bobotis, author of The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Virginia. Her fiction has received awards from the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. She lives with her family in Denver.

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Belle Boggs

The Gulf

Belle Boggs, author of The Gulf, also wrote The Art of Waiting and Mattaponi Queen. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s Magazine, Slate, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

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Marc Boston

Dad is Acting Strange

Marc Boston, author of Dad is Acting Strange, is a father of three daughters who inspire much of his writing. He loves to create stories that emphasize the importance of diversity, inclusion, and self-empowerment. His other books include What About Me? and The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff.

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Kelly Braffet

The Unwilling

Kelly Braffet, author of The Unwilling, also wrote Save Yourself, Last Seen Leaving, and Josie & Jack. Her writing has been published in The Fairy Tale Review, Post Road, and several anthologies. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA in creative writing at Columbia University.

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Keith Brockett

Ollie on Stage

Keith Brockett, author of Ollie on Stage, danced professionally for more than twenty years and is also the author of The Nutcracker’s Night Before Christmas. He also appeared as a singer and actor in musical theater productions, plays, choral concerts, and theme park stage shows.

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Adrienne Brodeur

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

Adrienne Brodeur, author of Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me, began her career in publishing as the cofounder, with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, of the National Magazine Award-winning Zoetrope: All-Story. She has worked as a book editor and is currently the executive director of Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute.

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James Broomall

Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers

James J. Broomall, author of Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers, is an associate professor of history at Shepherd University and director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War.

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Khalilah Brown-Dean

Identity Politics in the United States

Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, author of Identity Politics in the United States, is associate professor of political science at Quinnipiac University. A Virginia native, she earned her BA in government from UVA, and a PhD in political science from Ohio State University.

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Wesley Browne

Hillbilly Hustle

Wesley Browne, author of Hillbilly Hustle, lives with his wife and two sons in Madison County, Kentucky. He practices law, co-owns and helps manage local restaurants and a music venue, and coaches sports. He founded and hosts the Pages & Pints Reading Series.

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Mollie Cox Bryan

Christmas Cow Bells

Mollie Cox Bryan‘s The Jean Harlow Bombshell was selected as a top crime fiction read of May by Crime Reads. Her books have also been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman’s World.

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Shonda Buchanan

Black Indian: A Memoir

Shonda Buchanan, author of Black Indian, is the literary editor of Harriet Tubman Press, an award-winning poet, and educator. She is also the author of Who’s Afraid of Black Indians? and Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country and editor of two anthologies, Voices from Leimert Park and Voices from Leimert Park REDUX.

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Gabriel Bump

Everywhere You Don't Belong

Gabriel Bump, author of Everywhere You Don’t Belong, grew up in Chicago. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Slam magazine, The Huffington Post, Springhouse Journal, and elsewhere. He was awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

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