Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection, is involved in the field of meditation, a teacher, and a New York Times bestselling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.
Kathleen Saville, author of Rowing for My Life, is on faculty at the American University in Cairo, Egypt where she teaches creative and academic writing. In the summer, she resides at her home in Vermont.
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.
Carolyn Schuyler is the founder of Wildrock, a nature playscape and ecotherapy center in Crozet, Va.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, author of Guantánamo Diary, was imprisoned in Guantánamo without charge or trial from August 5, 2002 until November 17, 2016. He now lives and writes in his home city of Nouakchott, Mauritania.
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.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lindsey Smith has had to cancel her participation.
Lindsey Smith, author of Eat Your Feelings, is also the blogger behind Food Mood Girl. She is a health coach, recipe developer, and TEDx speaker.
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.
Earl Smith, co-author of Policing Black Bodies, is the author of several books including Race, Sport and the American Dream, African American Families Today, and The Social Dynamics of Family Violence.
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.
Leni Sorensen is a food historian, lecturer, farmer and writer, who teaches home provisioning skills and hosts history dinners at her home in western Albemarle County.
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.
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.
David Stenhouse is the senior producer of Backstory, the American History podcast produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He relocated with his family to Charlottesville in January.
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.
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.”