Speakers

Helon Habila

Travelers

Helon Habila, author of Travelers, is a professor at George Mason University. He was born in Nigeria. His other novels are, Waiting for an Angel, Measuring Time, and Oil on Water. He is also the author of the nonfiction book, The Chibok Girls. He is a contributing editor to VQR.

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Jo Watson Hackl

Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

Jo Watson Hackl, author of Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, grew up in rural Mississippi. Now, she lives in Greenville, S.C., with her family. She graduated from Millsaps College and Yale Law School, and founded outdoorosity.org. Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe was an IndieNext List Pick, an Okra Pick, and won the Southern Book Prize.

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Grace Elizabeth Hale

Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture

Grace Elizabeth Hale, author of Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture, is the Commonwealth Professor of American Studies and History at UVA. Her previous books include A Nation of Outsiders: How the White Middle Class Fell in Love with Rebellion in Postwar America and Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, author of Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America, is the founding director of the Southern Oral History Program and the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History Emerita at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is also the author of Revolt Against Chivalry and Like a Family.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Njelle Hamilton

Phonographic Memories: Popular Music and the Contemporary Caribbean Novel

Njelle W. Hamilton, author of Phonographic Memories, is assistant professor of English and African-American and African Studies at UVA. She specializes in 20th and 21st century Caribbean literary and cultural studies, especially the impact of music and trauma on novelistic narrative.

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Alex Harris

Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922

Alex Harris, co-author of Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922, is a writer, photographer, and a founder of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he has taught for many years.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Vashti Harrison

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

Vashti Harrison, author of Little Legends, earned her MFA in film/video from CalArts and her BA from the University of Virginia. Her experimental films and documentaries have shown around the world at film festivals. After a brief stint in television as a production coordinator, she is now a freelance graphic designer and a picture-book illustrator. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Children/Youth

Gar Anthony Haywood

Good Man Gone Bad

Gar Anthony Haywood, author of Good Man Gone Bad, is the Shamus and Anthony Award–winning of twelve crime novels, including six featuring African-American private investigator Aaron Gunner. His novels have been praised by the New York Times and earned starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.

Speaker's: Facebook Genre: Crime Wave

Paul Heitsch

Dead Fast

Paul Heitsch is an audiobook narrator and producer whose works span multiple genres, including romance, contemporary fiction, science fiction, and non-fiction. As of this writing he has performed over 180 titles, many for independently-published authors.

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Bernard L. Herman

A South You Never Ate: Savoring Flavors and Stories from the Eastern Shore of Virginia

Bernard L. Herman, author of A South You Never Ate: Savoring Flavors and Stories from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, researches, writes, and teaches while serving as the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Adriana Herrera

American Love Story

Adriana Herrera, author of American Love Story, is an Afro-Dominicana who loves writing romance full of people who look and sound like her people getting unapologetic happy endings. Her debut novel, American Dreamer, was featured on Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Book Riot, and the TODAY Show on NBC. She lives in New York City.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Romance

Emily Hilliard

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

Emily Hilliard, contributor to The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell, is the West Virginia state folklorist and founding director of the West Virginia Folklife Program at the West Virginia Humanities Council. She is currently at work on a book based on her folklife fieldwork in West Virginia, with the Ohio University Press.

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Rick Hodges

To Follow Elephants

Rick Hodges, author of To Follow Elephants, is a professional writer in Washington, D.C., by day, and author and playwright by night. He earned his BA from the University of Virginia in 1987. He lives in Arlington with his wife and two daughters.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Fiction

Cary Holladay

Brides in the Sky: Stories and a Novella

Cary Holladay, author of Brides in the Sky: Stories and a Novella, has published seven previous volumes of fiction. Her awards include an O. Henry Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A native of Virginia, she teaches at the University of Memphis.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Fiction

Bruce Holsinger

The Gifted School

Bruce Holsinger, author of The Gifted School, is Linden Kent Memorial Professor of English at the University of Virginia. His previous books include the award-winning historical novels A Burnable Book and The Invention of Fire as well as several nonfiction books on literature and history. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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