Stephen Macko

Stephen Macko is a professor of environmental sciences at UVa, where he teaches courses in oceanography, sustainable practices, and geochemistry.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Nancy MacLean

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University.

As a selection for the 2018 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, supplementary materials for this author’s book are available HERE.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Tags: Pop-Up Book Club

Peter Manseau

The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost

Peter Manseau, author of The Apparitionists, is the curator of American religious history at the Smithsonian and the author of six other books. He writes often on religion and history for publications including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

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

Louise Marburg

The Truth About Me

Louise Marburg, author of The Truth About Me, is a graduate of the MFA program in Fiction at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her stories have been published in The Louisville Review, Folio, Day One, The Carolina Quarterly, The Pinch, and others. She lives in New York City.

Speaker's Website Genre: Fiction

Karen Marsh

Vintage Saints & Sinners: 25 Christians Who Transformed My Faith

Karen Wright Marsh, author of Vintage Saints & Sinners: 25 Christians Who Transformed My Faith, is the executive director and co-founder of Theological Horizons, a Charlottesville ministry. She holds degrees in philosophy and linguistics from Wheaton College and UVA.

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

Megan Marshall

Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

Megan Marshall, author of Elizabeth Bishop, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for Margaret Fuller. Her first biography, The Peabody Sisters, was a Pulitzer finalist. She is the Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Ramona Martinez

Ramona Martinez is a producer on BackStory. Martinez grew up as the daughter of a foreign service officer and, in many different countries, reflected on the idea of home and cultural identity. She definitely believes in ghosts, but has never been haunted.

Speaker's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Sujata Massey

The Widows of Malabar Hill

Sujata Massey, author of The Widows of Malabar Hill, was born in England. Her previous mystery and historical novels have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and garnered nominations including the Edgar and Anthony awards. She lives with her family in Baltimore.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Crime Wave

Nick Mathews

Nick Mathews is the former editor-in-chief at the Charlottesville Daily Progress and the former sports editor at the Houston Chronicle and Newport News Daily Press. Nick and his wife Diane live in Earlysville.

Speaker's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Irène Mathieu


Irène Mathieu, author of orogeny, is a pediatrician and writer from Virginia. She is winner of the 2016 Bob Kaufman Book Prize and the 2017 Yemassee Journal Poetry Prize, and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Poetry

Dayna Matthew

Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care

Dayna Matthew is the William l. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distiinguished Professor of Law and F. Palmer Weber Research Professor of Civil Liberties and Human Rights at the UVA School of Law. Matthew is a leader in public health who focuses on racial disparities in health care.

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

Maryn McKenna

Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats

Maryn McKenna, author of Big Chicken, is a journalist and the author of two earlier books, Superbug and Beating Back the Devil. She writes for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Newsweek, NPR, Wired, National Geographic, Scientific American, Slate, Nature, and others.

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

Charles McRaven

The Rifling

Charles McRaven, author of The Rifling plus two other novels and five how-to books, is a former journalism professor, newspaper and magazine writer, newspaper editor, and historic restoration craftsman.

Speaker's Website Genre: Fiction

Leland Melvin

Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances

Leland Melvin, author of Chasing Space, is an engineer and NASA astronaut, as well as a former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions. He served on the space shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist and was named the NASA Associate Administrator for Education in October 2010. He also served as a co-chair on the White House’s Federal Coordination in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Task Force, developing the nation’s five-year STEM education plan.

He is the host of the Lifetime show Child Genius and a judge for ABC’s BattleBots. He holds four honorary doctorates and has received the NFL Player Association Award of Excellence. He lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Children/Youth, Non-Fiction

Doug Meyer

Violence against Queer People: Race, Class, Gender, and the Persistence of Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Doug Meyer is an assistant professor of LGBTQ studies in the Women, Gender & Sexuality Department at the University of Virginia. His work focuses on anti-queer violence, which includes his book, Violence against Queer People.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Russell Miller

Privacy and Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair

Russell Miller, author of Privacy and Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair, is the J.B. Stombock Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University. His research and teaching focus on German law and legal culture, comparative law theory and methods, and American public law.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Adrian Miller

The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas

Adrian Miller, author of The President’s Kitchen Cabinet, is a writer, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colo. He has served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, a senior policy analyst for Colorado governor Bill Ritter Jr., and a Southern Foodways Alliance board member.

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

Molly Minturn

Not in Heaven

Molly Minturn‘s poems and essays have appeared in Boston Review, the Iowa Review, Sycamore Review, Bennington Review, the Toast, Indiana Review, Longreads, and elsewhere. Her poetry chapbook, Not in Heaven, was published in February by Southword Editions in Ireland.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Poetry

Thomas Mira y Lopez

The Book of Resting Places: A Personal History of Where We Lay the Dead

Thomas Mira y Lopez, author of The Book of Resting Places, is from New York City. He earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona. His work has appeared in the Georgia Review, Kenyon Review Online, and the Normal School, among other publications.

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

Liza Mundy

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls, is a former staff writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller Michelle: A Biography, and writes for The Atlantic and Politico.

As a selection for the 2018 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book has a discussion guide available HERE.

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

Tags: Pop-Up Book Club