Speakers

Ilya Kaminsky

Deaf Republic

Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic, was born in the former Soviet Union, and came to the United States when his family was granted asylum by the U.S. government. He is the author of a poetry collection, Dancing in Odessa, and coeditor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. He was a 2014 finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and Deaf Republic is a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award.

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Laura Kamoie

Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution's Women

Laura Kamoie, co-author of Ribbons of Scarlet, holds a doctoral degree in early American history from the College of William & Mary and lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

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Kenn Kaufman

A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration

Kenn Kaufman, author of A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration, has observed bird migration on all seven continents. He is editor and coauthor of seven titles in the Kaufman Field Guide series, and his memoir, Kingbird Highway, was designated an Outdoor Classic by the National Outdoor Book Awards.

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Bettye Kearse

The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family

Bettye Kearse, author of The Other Madisons, is a retired pediatric physician and geneticist. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Herald, River Teeth, and Black Lives Have Always Mattered, and was listed as notable in The Best American Essays 2014. She lives in New Mexico.

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Val Kells

Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia

Val Kells is a marine science illustrator who co-authored and illustrated A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Maine to Texas and A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Alaska to California. She also recently illustrated Tunas and Billfishes of the World. Her work has appeared in over 30 public aquariums, museums, and nature centers.

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Angie Kim

Miracle Creek

Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek, is a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, mother of three boys, and longtime resident of Northern Virginia. Her work has appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Salon, Slate, and numerous literary magazines.

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Charles King

Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century

Charles King, author of Gods of the Upper Air, is the author of seven books, winner of a National Jewish Book Award, and a professor of international affairs and government at Georgetown University. His writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Cassandra Kircher

Far Flung: Improvisations on National Parks, Driving to Russia, Not Marrying a Ranger, the Language of Heartbreak, and Other Natural Disasters

Cassandra Kircher, author of Far Flung: Improvisations on National Parks, Driving to Russia, Not Marrying a Ranger, the Language of Heartbreak, and Other Natural Disasters, has received numerous awards for her personal essays. She teaches creative nonfiction at Elon University.

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TJ Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea

TJ Klune, author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, is a Lambda Literary Award-winning author and an ex-claims examiner for an insurance company. Being queer himself, he believes it’s important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive, queer representation in stories.

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Michael Kranish

The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero

Michael Kranish is the author of several books including The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero, and Flight from Monticello. He is a reporter at The Washington Post.

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William Kurtz

Soldiers of the Cross, the Authoritative Text: The Heroism of Catholic Chaplains and Sisters in the American Civil War

William Kurtz, editor of Soldiers of the Cross, the Authoritative Text, is the managing director of the University of Virginia’s John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History.

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