Participants

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Ronald Bailey

The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century

Ronald Bailey, author of The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century, is the award-winning science correspondent for the public policy magazine Reason. A former PBS TV producer and staff writer at Forbes, he has written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

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

Jasmine Bailey

Alexandria

Jasmine V. Bailey is the author of Alexandria, which was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2014 and received the Central New York Book Award for poetry. She is an alumna of the UVa MFA program.

Speaker's Facebook Genre: Poetry

Sarah Bannan

Weightless

Sarah Bannan, author of Weightless, was born in upstate New York and graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a degree in literature and literary history. After college, she moved to Ireland and has been Head of Literature with the Irish Arts Council since 2007.

Speaker's Website Genre: Fiction

Quan Barry

She Weeps Each Time You're Born

Quan Barry is the author of the novel She Weeps Each Time You’re Born and four poetry collections, most recently Loose Strife. She has been awarded two NEA Fellowships in both fiction and poetry, and her work has appeared in such journals as Ms. and The New Yorker.

Genre: Fiction, Poetry

Marcia Bartusiak

Black Hole: How An Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved

Marcia Bartusiak, author of Black Hole and a Fellow of the AAAS, is a science-writing professor at MIT and a contributing editor at Natural History. Three of her six books garnered major awards, including The Day We Found the Universe, which won the History of Science Society’s Davis Prize.

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

Ira Bashkow

Ira Bashkow, an award-winning author and teacher, is associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia and a member of Congregation Beth Israel, Charlottesville.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Faith Bedford

Barefoot Summers: Simple Pleasures

Faith Andrews Bedford, author of Barefoot Summers, was a columnist at Country Living magazine for 13 years. She teaches memoir writing at OLLI – the Osher Institute for Life Long Learning and has written three books on American Impressionism.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Bernard Beitman

Connecting with Coincidence

Bernard D. Beitman, MD, author of Connecting with Coincidence, is visiting professor at the University of Virginia and the former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has edited two issues of Psychiatric Annals devoted to coincidence studies.

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

R.S. Belcher

Nightwise

R.S. Belcher, author of Nightwise, is also the author of two acclaimed “weird westerns:” The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana. Nightwise is his first contemporary fantasy novel. He lives in Roanoke, Va., where he runs a comic book shop called Cosmic Castle.

Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Fiction

John Benditt

The Boatmaker

John Benditt, author of The Boatmaker, is a former editor at Scientific American and was editor-in-chief of Technology Review. As an undergraduate at Swarthmore College he studied with Adrienne Rich and was awarded the John Russell Hayes Poetry Prize by Robert Creeley. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Genre: Fiction

Elizabeth Benedict

Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty Seven Women Untangle an Obsession

Elizabeth Benedict, editor of Me, My Hair, and I: 27 Women Untangle an Obsession, is the author of five novels, including the bestseller Almost and the National Book Award finalist Slow Dancing, and editor of the New York Times-bestselling anthology What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts that Mattered Most. Founder of Don’t Sweat The Essay, she works with college applicants throughout the world on their essays and application strategies.

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

Susan Benton

Crooked Letter i

Susan L. Benton, co-author of Crooked Letter i, received an MBA in information systems from Boston University, and later relocated to Hong Kong, where she worked for a global accounting firm. She might sound like a Yankee once in a while but underneath it all, she’s still a Southern lady.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Susan Berres

Susan Berres, founder and organizer of the Bus Lines Community Poetry contest, seeks to promote poetry and flash fiction in public spaces and provide opportunities for writers of all ages to share their work.

Genre: Poetry

Reginald Dwayne Betts

Bastards of the Reagan Era

Reginald Dwayne Betts, author of Bastards of the Reagan Era, has received numerous awards, including a Soros Justice Fellowship. Currently a Yale Law student, Betts was appointed by President Obama to the Coordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 2012.

Speaker's Facebook Genre: Poetry

Adrian Blevins

Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Essays on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia

Adrian Blevins, a Virginia native, is the co-editor of a collection of essays, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia, and author of Live from the Homesick Jamboree, The Brass Girl Brouhaha, and two chapbooks.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Roy Blount Jr.

Save Room for Pie

Roy Blount Jr., is the author of Save Room for Pie, and Alphabet Juice. He is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Blount lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, the painter Joan Griswold.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Mary Bly

Consuming London: Mapping Plays, Puns, and Tourists in the Early Modern City

Mary Bly, author of Consuming London: Mapping Plays, Puns, and Tourists in the Early Modern City, is a professor of English literature at Fordham University and a New York Times bestselling author.

Speaker's Website Genre: Fiction

Susan Boyer

Lowcountry Bordello

Due to unexpected circumstances, Susan Boyer has had to cancel her participation.

Susan M. Boyer, author of Lowcountry Bordello: A Liz Talbot Mystery, is a USA Today bestselling author. Lowcountry Boil, the first Liz Talbot Mystery, is an Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel, a Daphne du Maurier Award recipient, and a Macavity nominee. Susan lives in Greenville, S.C.

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

Douglas Brinkley

Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America

Douglas Brinkley, author of Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, is a professor of history at Rice University, a CNN News historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Seven of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Cronkite won the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism, and The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

César Brioso

Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and the Cuban League

César Brioso, author of Havana Hardball, is a digital producer for USA Today Sports, where he served as baseball editor from 2003 to 2004. He has been a writer or editor at several other newspapers, including the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the Tampa Tribune.

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

Theresa Brown

The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives

Theresa Brown, author of The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives, works as a clinical nurse in Pennsylvania. A commentator in national media, a regular contributor to CNN.com, the New York Times op-ed page, and the American Journal of Nursing, Brown is a leading voice on nursing, end of life, and health care in America. She is the author of Critical Care, and is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “The Power of Narrative” project.

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

Eboni Bugg

Challenge into Change

Eboni Bugg is a therapist & community programs director at The Women’s Initiative where she focuses on improving access to care and helping women make meaningful changes in their lives. She’s an avid reader and believes in the power of stories to heal and transform.

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

Jack Bunker

True Grift

Jack Bunker, debut author of True Grift, has practiced as a trial lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice, an international private firm, and his own solo office, and has served a stint as a legal editor with Thomson Reuters in Dubai.

Speaker's Website Genre: Crime Wave

Mecca Burns

Mecca Burns is a drama therapist, theatre activist, and musician. She is a founding member of Presence Center for Applied Theatre Arts, based in Charlottesville, and has led participatory theatre projects in Uganda, Kenya, Spain, Romania, and the United States.

Genre: Children/Youth

Matt Burriesci

Dead White Guys: A Father, his Daughter, and the Great Books of the Western World

Matt Burriesci is the author of Dead White Guys: A Father, his Daughter, and the Great Books of the Western World and Nonprofit: a novel. He is the executive director of the Providence Athenaeum, and has previously served as the executive director of both Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Grace Burrowes

Tremaine's True Love

Grace Burrowes, author of Daniel’s True Desire, has written more than thirty Regency, Victorian, and contemporary romances. Her titles have been chosen by the Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and iBookstore.com as books of the year, and she has been nominated five times for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award.

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