Speakers

Lauren Sanders

The Book of Love and Hate

Lauren Sanders, author of The Book of Love and Hate, also wrote Kamikaze Lust, which won a Lambda Literary Award. Her writing has appeared in various publications and journals including Bookforum, American Book Review, and Time Out New York.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Fiction

Hayden Saunier

How to Wear This Body

Hayden Saunier, author of How to Wear This Body, is a poet, professional actress, and teaching artist who grew up in Charlottesville, Va. She has published four books of poetry and been awarded the Pablo Neruda Prize, the Rattle Poetry Prize, and the Gell Poetry Award.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Genre: Poetry

Martina Scholtens

Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist: A Doctor Reflects on Ten Years at a Refugee Clinic

Martina Scholtens, author of Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist, is a clinical instructor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, the recipient of the 2016 Mimi Divinsky Award for History and Narrative in Family Medicine, and is currently completing her residency in Public Health.

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

Kirk Schroder

Kirk Schroder is an entertainment attorney at Schroder Davis Law Firm. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in entertainment law and rated an “AV Preeminent” lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. Kirk is a national lecturer on entertainment law topics and a former chair of the ABA Entertainment Law Section. Schroder Davis represented Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures).

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Publishing

Todd Sechser

Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy

Todd Sechser, author of Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy, is associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia and a senior fellow at the Miller Center.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Ray Shepard

Now or Never! 54th Massachusetts Infantry's War to End Slavery

Ray Shepard, author of Now or Never!, began his career as a middle school history and English teacher in Iowa. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education where he received a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

Speaker's Website Genre: Children/Youth

Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, grew up in Hampton, Va., where she knew many of the women in her book. She is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellow and the recipient of a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant.

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Adrian Shirk

And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Stories From the Byways of American Women and Religion

Adrian Shirk, author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy, was raised in Portland, Ore. Her essays have appeared in Catapult, and The Atlantic, among others. She has produced radio stories for Wyoming Public Media and Pop Up Archive. Currently, she teaches at Pratt Institute.

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

Lisa Shutt

Lisa Shutt is an assistant professor of African American and African Studies at UVa. She is a cultural anthropologist whose research and teaching focuses include food, culture, and meaning in Africa, African America, and Europe. Shutt is also a Faculty Fellow with Hereford Residential College.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Larry Siems

Guantánamo Diary

Due to unforeseen circumstances and with great regret, Mr. Siems has had to cancel his participation.

Larry Siems, editor of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary, is a writer and human rights activist, and the author of The Torture Report. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Jeanne Siler

Jeanne Nicholson Siler has been involved with the Festival of the Book for most of its 24 years, alternately as moderator, driver, author, and a variety of volunteer roles. Currently a staff member at VFH, she directs the Fellowship program.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Bryant Simon

The Hamlet Fire: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives

Bryant Simon, author of The Hamlet Fire, is a professor of history at Temple University. His work and commentary have been featured in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, the New Republic, and other outlets.

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Rosanne Simon

Rosanne Simon has served on the board of the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards for the past eight years. She is committed to the Tree Stewards’ mission of protecting urban and rural forests for the present and future generations.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Dave Singleton

Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush

Dave Singleton, author of Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush, has also written two other nonfiction books. He is a writer for various publications, a contributing editor for Scoundrel Time literary journal, and a teacher at The Writer’s Center.

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

Bill Sizemore

A Far, Far Better Thing: Did a Fatal Attraction Lead to a Wrongful Conviction?

Bill Sizemore, co-author of A Far, Far Better Thing: Did a Fatal Attraction Lead to a Wrongful Conviction?, is a retired Virginia journalist. He spent most of his career at the Virginian-Pilot, the state’s largest newspaper, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007.

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

Tom Sleigh

The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees

Tom Sleigh, author of an essay collection, The Land Between Two Rivers, and a poetry collection, House of Fact, House of Ruins, is also the author of nine books of poetry, including Space Walk, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. He teaches at Hunter College and lives in New York.

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

Mike Smith

And There Was Evening and There Was Morning

Mike Smith, author of And There Was Evening and There Was Morning, directs the Honors Program at Delta State University. His previous books include three collections of poetry and a translation of Goethe’s Faust. He also co-edited the anthology, Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories.

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

Ron Smith

The Humility of the Brutes

Ron Smith, author of The Humility of the Brutes, was Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2014 to 2016. He has given readings from Monticello and Mount Vernon to the Keats-Shelley House and the american ambassador’s official residence in Rome.

Genre: Poetry

Brian Sneeden

Last City

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brian Sneeden has had to cancel his participation.

Brian Sneeden, author of Last City, is a poet, translator, and essayist. He received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is the senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry

Melia Snyder

Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy: Integrating the Expressive Arts and Ecotherapy

Melia Snyder, co-author of Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy, is a professor in the clinical mental health counseling program at Appalachian State University where she directs the Expressive Arts Therapy program. She is a poet, homesteader, psychotherapist, and visiting professor at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland.

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

Martha Stafford

Martha Stafford is the founder of the Charlottesville Cooking School. She graduated from Peter Kump’s Cooking School and was awarded the Blue Ribbon. Her school provides professional and amateur cooks with high quality cooking instruction and promotes the use of local, seasonal ingredients.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Laurence Roy Stains

Through a Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All

Laurence Roy Stains, co-author of Through a Glass, Darkly, has been the editor of Philadelphia Magazine and is the founding editor of New Shelter. He has written for national publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Amy Stewart

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions

Amy Stewart, author of Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions, is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including the science books The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants. She lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband, a rare book dealer.

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: Crime Wave

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Steven Stoll

Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia

Steven Stoll, author of Ramp Hollow, is a professor of history at Fordham University and the author of The Great Delusion and Larding the Lean Earth. His writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Lapham’s Quarterly, and the New Haven Review.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Nic Stone

Dear Martin

Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin, was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, Ga., and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the U.S. to write full-time.

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

Michael Suarez

Michael Suarez is director of Rare Book School at UVA, the world’s premier institute for teaching the history and stewardship of manuscripts, books, and digital materials. A Distinguished Presidential Fellow of the Council on Library and Information Resources in Washington, D.C., he was nominated by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities. Three of Suarez’s publications have been named Books of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement. The Wall Street Journal called his Oxford Companion to the Book “a fount of knowledge where the Internet is but a slot machine.”

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Christopher Swann

Shadow of the Lions

Christopher Swann, author of Shadow of the Lions, earned degrees from Washington & Lee University (BA), University of Missouri (MA), and Georgia State University (PhD), and has won awards and recognition from GSU, Washington & Lee, and the Heekin Group Foundation’s Tara Fellowship for Short Fiction. He lives in Atlanta.

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