Speakers

Meredith Wadman

The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease

Meredith Wadman, author of The Vaccine Race, is a veteran medical writer in Washington, D.C. A reporter at Science, she has written for Nature, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She is a graduate of Stanford, the Columbia School of Journalism, and Oxford Medical School. The Vaccine Race was longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize in Britain and for a Carnegie Gold Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. It was named a Washington Post Notable Book of 2017.

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Rachel Wahl

Just Violence: Torture and Human Rights in the Eyes of the Police

Rachel Wahl, author of Just Violence: Torture and Human Rights in the Eyes of the Police, is assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Mitzi Ware

Mitzi Ware, author of A is for Ahoy, A Young Sailor’s ABC, has a longtime passion for books, particularly children’s literature. She is the events coordinator for the New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville.

Robert Watson

The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story from the American Revolution

Robert Watson, author of The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn, is an author and historian who has published forty books and hundreds of scholarly articles and essays. He is a frequent commentator for numerous media outlets and has lectured widely at historical sites around the world.

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Leah Weiss

If the Creek Don't Rise

Leah Weiss, author of If the Creek Don’t Rise, is a Southern writer born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. She retired in 2015 from her position as executive assistant to the headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She now pursues writing full-time.

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Wendy Welch

Fall or Fly: The Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia

Wendy Welch, author of Fall or Fly: the Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia, is also the author and editor of three previous books, including The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap. She runs a bookstore in Southwest Virginia.

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Camille Wells

Material Witnesses: Domestic Architecture and Plantation Landscapes in Early Virginia

Camille Wells, author of Material Witnesses, has taught American history, architectural history, and material culture at the University of Mary Washington, the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and the College of William and Mary.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Tim Wendel

Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors and the Quest to Cure Childhood Leukemia

Tim Wendel, author of Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors and the Quest to Cure Childhood Leukemia, is a writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University and the author of thirteen books, including Summer of ’68, Castro’s Curveball, and High Heat.

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Paige Wheeler

Creative Media Agency’s Paige Wheeler loves finding talented authors with unique stories & fresh voices. Paige represents award winning and best-selling clients such as AJ Banner, Kaira Rouda, Sheila Roberts & Julianne Maclean in crime fiction, women’s fiction as well as select nonfiction.

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Wayne Wiegand

The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism

Wayne A. Wiegand, with Shirley A. Wiegand, is the coauthor of The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism and the F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus as Florida State University.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Phil Wiggins

Phil Wiggins is a virtuoso blues harmonica player from Washington, D.C. who won the National Heritage Fellowship in 2017. With Piedmont guitar master John Cephas, the duo Cephas and Wiggins delighted audiences around the world for more than 30 years. A gifted singer and songwriter, Wiggins has carried on his artistry with such artists as Corey Harris, John Dee Holman, Rick Franklin, and many others.

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Kim Wilkens

Kim Wilkens is the founder of Tech-Girls & the K-8 Computer Science Initiative Coordinator at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. She is passionate about transforming technology users into technology creators, collaborators, and activists and is a strong advocate for gender equity in tech and beyond.

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Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

A Kind of Freedom

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton has had to cancel her participation.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton was born and raised in New Orleans and studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was long-listed for the National Book Award, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Robert A. Williams

Robert A. Williams participated in the Danville, Va., library protest in April, 1960, when he was a fifteen-year-old high school student. A partner with Williams, Luck & Williams in Martinsville, Va., Williams is a graduate of Howard University and UVa School of Law, and he served as the assistant dean for Harvard Law School and as chief of the Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, among many other responsibilities throughout his career.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Mary-Sherman Willis

Grace Notes / Appogiatures by Jean Cocteau, trans. Mary-Sherman Willis

Mary-Sherman Willis, translator of Jean Cocteau’s book of prose poems, Grace Notes / Appogiatures, is the author of two poetry collections and numerous essays and reviews on poetry. She has taught at George Washington University and NYU/Shanghai.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry

David Wojahn

For the Scribe

David Wojahn, author of For the Scribe, has also written nine collections of poetry including World Tree, which was the winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize and the Library of Virginia Literary Award. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry

Brantly Womack

Asymmetry and International Relationships

Brantly Womack is professor of Foreign Affairs and holds the Miller Center’s C K Yen Chair at UVA. He is the author of Asymmetry and International Relationships, China Among Unequals: Asymmetric International Relationships in Asia, and China and Vietnam: The Politics of Asymmetry.

Genre: Non-Fiction