Nicole Baart, author of Little Broken Things, is the mother of five children from four different countries. She has written eight novels and is the cofounder of One Body One Hope, a non-profit organization that works in Liberia, West Africa. Baart and her family live in a small town in Iowa.
Radley Balko, co-author of The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, is an investigative journalist and reporter at the Washington Post. He is also the author of Rise of the Warrior Cop.
Brian Balogh is professor of History at UVA. He is co-host of Backstory, a nationally syndicated weekly podcast. Balogh’s most recent books are The Associational State and Government out of Sight.
Aditya Bamzai is an associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. He previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he argued cases relating to national security before the federal courts of appeals.
Tracey Baptiste, author of Rise of the Jumbies, lived in Trinidad until she was fifteen, where she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales. She is a former teacher who now works as a writer and editor.
Mehrsa Baradaran is author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap and How the Other Half Banks. She is the J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law where she teaches Banking Law and Contracts Law.
Hannah Barnaby, author of Garcia & Colette Go Exploring, was the first children’s writer-in-residence at the Boston Public Library. A former editor and independent bookseller, she was a Morris Award finalist for her debut novel, Wonder Show. She lives and teaches in Charlottesville, Va.
Michele Bascle, an Oncology nurse at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, is a long-standing member of the Laughing Girls Literary Guild book club. She is involved in numerous nonprofits in Charlottesville and walks the river trails with Audie, her border collie mix.
Diana Butler Bass, PhD, author of Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, writes books on spirituality, religion, and culture. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and CBS, and been heard on NPR, CBC and Sirius XM. She lives in Alexandria, Va.
Susan Bauer-Wu, is president of the Mind & Life Institute based in Charlottesville, previously faculty at UVa in Nursing and Religious Studies, and the author of Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion and Connectedness.
Stefan Bechtel, co-author of Through a Glass, Darkly, has co-authored more than ten books, including Mr. Hornaday’s War and Redemption Alley. His work has appeared in Esquire, the Washington Post, and other publications.
Faith Andrews Bedford, author of Barefoot Summers, was a columnist at Country Living magazine for 13 years. She teaches memoir writing at OLLI – the Osher Institute for Life Long Learning and has written three books on American Impressionism.
Kathleen Belew, author of Bring the War Home, is assistant professor of history at the University of Chicago. She specializes in the recent history of the United States, examining the long aftermath of warfare.
Anna Lena Phillips Bell, author of Ornament, is a winner of the Vassar Miller Prize and the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature. She teaches at University of North Carolina Wilmington and is editor of Ecotone.
Sierra Bellows worked as a documentary filmmaker in Southeastern Africa, produced short films in Canada, and taught writing in Virginia and Montana. She was a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, where she received her MFA in fiction.
Barbara L. Bellows, author of Two Charlestonians at War, is also the coauthor of God and General Longstreet: The Lost Cause and the Southern Mind and the author of Benevolence among Slaveholders: Caring for the Poor in Charleston, 1760–1860 and A Talent for Living: Josephine Pinckney and the Charleston Literary Tradition.
John Benditt is the author of The Boatmaker, which received the 2016 Goldberg Prize. Before embarking on his fiction-writing career he was an editor at Scientific American and Science and editor-in-chief of Technology Review: MIT’s Magazine of Innovation.
Adrienne Benson, author of The Brightest Sun, was raised in Kenya, Liberia, Zambia, and the Ivory Coast. A former Peace Corps volunteer, her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Foreign Service Journal, as well a handful of literary journals.
Barry Bergey, author of Folk Masters, is the retired former director of folk and traditional arts at the National Endowment for the Arts.
Susan Berres, founder and organizer of the Bus Lines Community Poetry contest, seeks to promote poetry and flash fiction in public spaces and provide opportunities for writers of all ages to share their work.
John Bicknell, author of Lincoln’s Pathfinder: John C. Fremont and the Violent Election of 1856, has written and edited five books about American politics. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, USA Today, Reason magazine and many other publications.
Vicky Bijur represents fiction and nonfiction authors and has served as president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives. Her clients include Sujata Massey; Laura Lippman; Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice; and Kenji Lopez-Alt, author of Food Lab. Four of her books have been made into feature films.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Remica Bingham-Risher has had to cancel her participation.
Remica Bingham-Risher, author of Starlight & Error, is a Cave Canem fellow and Affrilachian Poet. Her work has won the Diode Editions Book Award and the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, and has been shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She resides in Norfolk, Va. with her husband and children.
Douglas A. Blackmon, author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, is also a co-executive producer of the PBS documentary of the same name. He is executive producer and host of American Forum, a public affairs program produced by UVa’s Miller Center.
Nell Boeschenstein is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Oxford American, Ecotone, The Guardian, and elsewhere. She lives in Charlottesville, Va.
John B. Boles, author of Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty, is the William P. Hobby Professor of History at Rice University and the former editor, for thirty years, of the Journal of Southern History.
Sara Bon-Harper, executive director of James Monroe’s Highland, is an archaeologist whose questions about the past have led her throughout the Roman world and to research at Highland. Most recent findings there have transformed the understanding of Monroe’s home.
Zack Bonnie, author of Dead, Insane, or in Jail: Overwritten!, unravels what happened to him, and others, at Rocky Mountain Academy, and researches its parallels to cult activity and brainwashing.
Marc Boston, author of What About Me?, never aspired to become an author until he decided to write original stories to read to his three daughters. Marc was born in Baltimore, Md. and raised in Kansas City, Kan. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and three daughters.
Jamelle Bouie is chief political correspondent for Slate magazine and a political analyst for CBS News. He previously wrote for The Nation magazine and The American Prospect. He is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Joanna Bourne, author of Beauty Like the Night, writes historical fiction set in Napoleonic France and Regency England. She lives in a little house in the Appalachian Mountains with her dog and cat.
Fred Bowen, author of Outside Shot, has written over twenty sports books for kids. He has also written a weekly kids sports column for the Washington Post since April 2000.
Dusti Bowling, author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she always had her nose in a book. She currently lives in Carefree, Ariz., with her husband and three daughters.
Tanya Brockett, author of The New Writer Workbook, helps authors, experts, and entrepreneurs to write and edit books their readers will love while helping them to live a life they love. Her company, Hallagen Ink, provides ghostwriting, copyediting, mentorship, and presentations on authorpreneurship.
Jordanna Max Brodsky, author of Olympus Bound, the third book of the Immortals Series, holds a degree in history and literature from Harvard University and lives in Manhattan with her husband.
Christopher Brown, author of Tropic of Kansas, was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for the anthology Three Messages and a Warning. He has also worked on two Supreme Court confirmations and built an eco-bunker.
John Gregory Brown, author of A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, is also the author of the novels Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery; The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur; and Audubon’s Watch.
Henry Browne, author of Vanishing History, Ruins in Virginia, is a local architect whose career, often involving historic preservation, spanned more than five decades. His book, with photos by Kevin MacNutt, covers historically significant ruins including canals, bridges and residences.
Mollie Cox Bryan, author of Macrame Murder: A Cora Crafts Mystery, was recently honored by being named a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. Her first series,The Cumberland Creek Mysteries, was nominated for an Agatha Award. She lives in Waynesboro, Va.
Thi Bui, author of The Best We Could Do and illustrator of A Different Pond, was born in Vietnam and grew up in California and New York. She came to the United States as a refugee and continues to advocate for immigrants and refugees today.
Tayla Burney is a writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books and the Washington Post. A longtime public radio producer, Tayla is behind the weekly literary event newsletter, Get Lit, D.C.