Chris Oakley has owned Oakley’s Gently Used Books for nineteen years. She has a journeyman’s certificate in prepress. For more than twenty years she published independent and literary magazines now housed in the University of Delaware’s Special Collections. Sci-fi/fantasy is her specialty.
Chris Offutt, author of Country Dark, has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. He is also the author of the short-story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother, and three memoirs.
Carah Ong Whaley is a lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at UVA. With Larry Sabato, she is co-author of American Government: Roots and Reform, contributing chapters on Political Parties, Campaigns, Elections and Voting, and The Media.
Fernando Operé is professor of Spanish at UVa. He directs the Latin American studies program, the Hispanic studies program, and the Valencia program. He is a poet, musician, actor, and soccer player.
Gregory Orr, author of A Primer for Poets & Readers of Poetry, lives in Charlottesville and has taught for over forty years as a professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he founded its MFA Program in Writing.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Emma Otheguy has had to cancel her participation.
Emma Otheguy, author of Martí’s Song for Freedom, is a children’s author and a historian of Spain and colonial Latin America. Martí’s Song for Freedom, her picture book debut, has received starred reviews from School Library Journal, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist. Otheguy lives in New York City.
Howard Owen, author of The Devil’s Triangle, has written over ten novels. The last six are mysteries. His novel Oregon Hill won the Dashiell Hammett Prize for best crime literature in the United States and Canada, and Grace was a finalist for the Silver Falchion award.