Speakers

Radley Balko

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South

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.

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Brian Balogh

The Associational State: American Governance in the Twentieth Century

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.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Michele Bascle

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.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Susan Bauer-Wu

Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious and Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, and Connectedness

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.

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Stefan Bechtel

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

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.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Faith Andrews Bedford

Barefoot Summers

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.

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Sierra Bellows

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.

Speaker's Website Genre: Fiction

Barbara Bellows

Two Charlestonians at War: The Civil War Odysseys of a Lowcountry Aristocrat and a Black Abolitionist

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.

Genre: Non-Fiction

John Benditt

The Boatmaker

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.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Genre: Non-Fiction

Barry Bergey

Folk Masters: A Portrait of America

Barry Bergey, author of Folk Masters, is the retired former director of folk and traditional arts at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Susan Berres

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.

Genre: Poetry

John Bicknell

Lincoln's Pathfinder: John C. Fremont and the Violent Election of 1856

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.

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Remica Bingham-Risher

Starlight & Error

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.

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Douglas Blackmon

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

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.

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John Boles

Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty

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.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Dusti Bowling

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

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.

Genre: Children/Youth

Tanya Brockett

The New Writer Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Nonfiction E-Book

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.

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

Henry Browne

Vanishing History, Ruins in Virginia

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.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Tayla Burney

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.

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