Tara Campbell

Midnight at the Organporium

Tara Campbell, author of Midnight at the Organporium, is a writer, teacher, Kimbilio Fellow, and fiction editor at Barrelhouse. She has received the Larry Neal Writer’s Award, Mayor’s Arts Award, and fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. She has an MFA from American University.

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Jack Carneal

Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives

Jack Carneal, author of Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives, was born and raised in Richmond and lives in Baltimore. He spent much of his twenties and thirties as the drummer in the Anomoanon, a band with Charlottesville roots that frequently backed musician Will Oldham on various tours.

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Casey Cep

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Casey Cep, author of Furious Hours, is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M.Phil in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New Republic, among other publications.

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Franny Choi

Soft Science

Franny Choi, author of Soft Science, and Floating, also wrote Floating, Brilliant, Gone and Death by Sex Machine. She is a 2019 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow and the Gaius Bolin Fellow in English at Williams College.

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Meredith Cole

Dead in the Water

Meredith Cole began her career as a filmmaker and now teaches writing. Her short stories and essays have appeared in various anthologies and magazines. She was the winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic competition and her first book, Posed for Murder, was nominated for an Agatha Award.

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Sara Collins

The Confessions of Frannie Langton

Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton, is of Jamaican descent, studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years before turning to fiction writing. She completed a master of studies in creative writing at Cambridge University.

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Maya Corrigan

Crypt Suzette

Maya Corrigan, author of Crypt Suzette, taught writing, American literature, and detective fiction at Georgetown University and NOVA. Her Five-Ingredient Mysteries feature a café manager and her live-wire grandfather, the Codger Cook, solving murders in a Chesapeake Bay town.

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Deborah Crombie

A Bitter Feast

Deborah Crombie, author of A Bitter Feast, is a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She has garnered several awards and nominations for the Agatha, Macavity, and Edgar awards.

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Ellen Crosby

The Angels' Share

Ellen Crosby is the author of thirteen novels. Her latest in the Virginia wine country mysteries is The Angels’ Share, featuring vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery. Her books have been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award.

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