Speakers

Laurie Wallmark

Hedy Lamarr's Double Life

Laurie Wallmark, author of Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life, has degrees in biochemistry from Princeton University, information systems from Goddard College, and writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Laurie lives in N.J.

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

Lynn Waltz

Hog Wild: The Battle for Workers' Rights at the World's Largest Slaughterhouse

Lynn Waltz, author of Hog Wild, has been nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize by The Virginian-Pilot. She won national awards for helping release an innocent man from prison and for a feature about Virginia’s death row chaplain. She is an assistant professor of journalism at Hampton University and has an MFA from Old Dominion University.

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

Katharine Weber

Still Life With Monkey

Katharine Weber is the author of Still Life with Monkey and six other books. She is the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College and was named one of Granta’s “50 Best Young American Novelists.” Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Story, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others.

Speaker's: Website Twitter Genre: Fiction

Caroline Weber

Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris

Caroline Weber, author of Proust’s Duchess, is a professor of French and comparative literature at Barnard College, Columbia University. She also wrote Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Jonathan Weisman

(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump

Jonathan Weisman, author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, is deputy Washington editor of The New York Times and author of the novel, No. 4 Imperial Lane. He has reported for The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and others

Speaker's: Website Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

John Edgar Wideman

American Histories: Stories

John Edgar Wideman, author of American Historiesis a MacArthur Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and recipient of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2011 for lifetime achievement. Wideman has won the PEN/Faulkner Award twice, the first author to do so, and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. He divides his time between New York and France.

Genre: Fiction

Lillie Williams

Lillie Williams was born and raised in Albemarle County, Va., and is a member of Chihamba, a local West African dance company that celebrates the spirit of African dance, drum, and culture.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Children/Youth

Barbara Brown Wilson

Resilience for All: Striving for Equity through Community-Driven Design

Barbara Brown Wilson, author of Resilience for All, is an assistant professor of urban and environmental planning at the UVa School of Architecture and a founding member of the Equity Collective.

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

Gaye Wilson

Jefferson on Display: Attire, Etiquette, and the Art of Presentation

Gaye Wilson, author of Jefferson on Display: Attire, Etiquette, and the Art of Presentation, is Shannon Senior Historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Douglas Winiarski

Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England

Douglas Winiarski, author of Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England, was awarded the 2018 Bancroft Prize and the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize, among others. Winiarski received his PhD from Indiana University and teaches Religious Studies and American Studies at the University of Richmond.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Marion Winik

The Baltimore Book of the Dead

Marion Winik is the author of ten books, and her latest is The Baltimore Book of the Dead. A longtime All Things Considered commentator, her essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun and many other publications. She teaches at the University of Baltimore, where she lives.

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

Don Winslow

The Border

Don Winslow, author of The Border, is the New York Times bestselling author of The Force, the international bestseller The Cartel, and many other novels. Several of his books have been made into movies or are in development.

A former investigator, anti-terrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California.

 

Speaker's: Website Facebook Twitter Genre: Crime Wave

Spencer Wise

The Emperor of Shoes

Spencer Wise, author of The Emperor of Shoes, has also contributed work to Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, The Literary Review, and The New Ohio Review. He is an assistant professor at Augusta University in Augusta, Ga.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Fiction

Brendan Wolfe

Finding Bix: The Life and Death of a Jazz Legend

Brendan Wolfe is the editor of Encyclopedia Virginia at Virginia Humanities and the author of Finding Bix: The Life and Death of a Jazz Legend. He holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa.

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

Martha Woodroof

Martha Woodroof, author of Small Blessings, was born in the South, went to college in New England, ran away to Texas for awhile, and fetched up in Virginia. She is a contributor to NPR. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times.

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Allison Wright

Allison Wright is the executive editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She serves as the president of the nonprofit literary organization WriterHouse and editor of Tiny Hardcore Press. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from UT-Austin.

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