Speakers

Lynn Rainville

Virginia and the Great War: Mobilization, Supply and Combat, 1914-1919

Lynn Rainville, author of Virginia and the Great War, is a research professor in the humanities at Sweet Briar College where she directs the Tusculum Institute for local history and historic preservation. She is also a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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Robert V. S. Redick

Master Assassins

Robert V. S. Redick, author of Master Assassins, has been combining fiction and international social and environmental justice work for twenty years. He has also written The Red Wolf Conspiracy and other epic fantasy novels. Born and raised in Charlottesville, he now lives in Massachusetts.

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Richard Reeves

Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Richard Reeves has had to cancel his participation.

Richard Reeves, author of Dream Hoarders, is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

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Justin Reid

Justin Reid is director of African American Programs at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH). Before joining VFH, he worked as a civil rights public historian at the Moton Museum in Farmville, Va., and as a project manager for the U.S. Department of Education.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Andrew Revkin

Weather: An Illustrated History

Andrew Revkin, author of Weather, is the senior reporter for climate issues at the Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he is co-credited with first proposing that we have entered the Anthropocene geological era.

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Paul Reyes

Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida's Great Recession

Paul Reyes is the editor of VQR. Previously he was a senior editor with The Oxford American. His writing has appeared in VQR, The OA, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones. He’s the author of Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession.

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Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down, is the New York Times bestselling author of four critically acclaimed books and co-author of another two. He has been named a Coretta Scott King Honoree twice and received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, the Kirkus Award, and the Schneider Middle Grade Award. He has also been selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and is currently on the longlist for the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Reynolds is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing For Young People MFA Program, and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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

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Nathaniel Rich

King Zeno

Nathaniel Rich is the author of King Zeno and two previous novels Odds Against Tomorrow and The Mayor’s Tongue. He is a writer-at-large at The New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the Atlantic. His short story, “Blue Rock,” appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of VQR.

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David Rigsbee

This Much I Can Tell You

Due to unforeseen circumstances, David Rigsbee has had to cancel his participation.

David Rigsbee, author of This Much I Can Tell You, is the recipient of two fellowships from the NEA, as well as awards from the NEH, Virginia Commission on the Arts, the N.C. Poetry Council book of the year award, and the Academy of American Poets.

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Sean Rubin

Bolivar

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sean Rubin has had to cancel his participation.

Sean Rubin, author of Bolivar, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is also an illustrator for the Redwall series. Sean studied art and archeology at Princeton University, where he met his wife, Lucy. They have two sons and live in Charlottesville, Va.

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Jim Ryan

Wait, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions

James E. Ryan, author of Wait, What?, is the eleventh dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and president-elect of the University of Virginia. Before joining Harvard, he was the Matheson & Morgenthau Distinguished Professor at the University of Virginia Law School.

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