Carolyn Eastman

The Founding of Thomas Jefferson's University

Carolyn Eastman, contributor to The Founding of Thomas Jefferson’s University and author of A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the Revolution, is an associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her next book, The Strange Genius of Mr. O: Celebrity and the Invention of the United States, is forthcoming in 2020.

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Jonathan Eig

Ali: A Life

Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life, has written five books, three of them New York Times best sellers. He was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, Eig has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker online, and The Washington Post, among other publications. His first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, won the Casey Award for best baseball book of the year. Ali was named winner of PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting and the Times Sports Biography of the Year.

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Emma Copley Eisenberg

The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia

Emma Copley Eisenberg, author of The Third Rainbow Girl, has published stories and essays in VQR, the Paris Review, Granta, The New Republic, McSweeney’s and numerous others. Her work has won fellowships or awards from the Millay Colony, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Longreads Best Crime Reporting 2017, the Deadline Club, the New York Association of Black Journalists, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and Lambda Literary.

As a selection for the 2020 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, read an interview with the author HERE.

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Elizabeth Ellcessor

Elizabeth Ellcessor is an assistant professor in media studies at the University of Virginia, focusing on access, disability, and digital media. She is the author of Restricted Access and co-editor of Disability Media Studies.

Elizabeth Engelhardt

The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell: Contemporary Appalachian Tables

Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt, editor of The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell, is the John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally from western North Carolina, she writes about food and culture.

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M.K. England

The Disasters

M.K. England, author of The Disasters and Spellhacker, is a Charlottesville-area librarian and all-around nerd. When not writing or librarianing, they’re often found bingeing on sci-fi TV shows, rolling dice at the Dungeons & Dragons table, or wishing they had planted less zucchini.

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