Participants

Please note, the list of participants is constantly being updated. Check back often for additions, changes and cancellations.

Jonathan Cannon

Environment in the Balance: The Green Movement and the Supreme Court

Jonathan Cannon, author of Environment in the Balance: The Green Movement and the Supreme Court, is Blaine T. Phillips Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and director of the environmental law program at the University of Virginia School of Law. He served previously as EPA General Counsel.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Blake Caravati

Blake Caravati is a former planning commissioner and mayor of Charlottesville. He has served on the Virginia Festival of the Book Advisory Council and has moderated program for sixteen years.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Jason Carney

Starve the Vulture

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jason Carney has had to cancel his participation.

Jason Carney, author of Starve the Vulture, is a poet, writer, and educator from Dallas. A four-time National Poetry Slam finalist, he was honored as a Legend of the Slam in 2007. He appeared on the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.

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

Joan Carris

Magic at the Bed & Biscuit

Joan Carris, author of Magic at the Bed & Biscuit, is an instructor, writer, and entertainer. She has written 18 children’s books, and most recently created and taught a graduate course in professional writing at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, N.C. 

Speaker's Website Genre: Children/Youth

Fredric Chandler

Fred Chandler is the associate head of school for academics at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. In this position, he coordinates the school’s curricular program across four divisions and collaborates with the Village School to co-sponsor the Virginia Festival of the Book’s annual Middle School Poetry & Prose Contest.

Genre: Children/Youth

Jennifer Chang

The History of Anonymity

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity. She co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman and is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at George Washington University and lives in Washington, D.C.

Genre: Poetry

Kelly Cherry

Twelve Women in a Country Called America: Stories

Kelly Cherry, author of Twelve Women in a Country Called America: Stories, is the former Poet Laureate of Virginia. She is a member of Poets Corner, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York, and has been recognized by the NEA, USIA, Rockefeller, Bradley Lifetime Award, Weinstein Award, and others.

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

Tracy Chevalier

At the Edge of the Orchard

Tracy Chevalier, author of At the Edge of the Orchard, is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she lives in London with her husband and son.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Fiction

Marcia Childress

Marcia Day Childress is director of the Medical Center Hour, the UVa School of Medicine’s weekly public forum on medicine and society. She also directs humanities and arts programming for the medical school’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Ron Childress

And West Is West

Ron Childress, author of And West Is West, worked for several years as a communications manager for a professional association near Washington, D.C., before joining his wife in her tech marketing agency. And West Is West, winner of the 2014 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, is his first novel.

Genre: Fiction

Michael Chitwood

Living Wages

Michael Chitwood, author of Living Wages, has published eight collections of poetry and two books of prose. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Threepenny Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, and numerous other journals.

Genre: Non-Fiction, Poetry

Sylvia Chong

The Oriental Obscene: Violence and Racial Fantasies in the Vietnam Era

Sylvia Chong is associate professor of English and American Studies at UVa, and is affiliated with the East Asia Center. She also runs the Minor in Asian Pacific American Studies. She is the author of The Oriental Obscene: Violence and Racial Fantasies in the Vietnam Era.

Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Ginjer Clarke

What's Up in the Amazon Rainforest

Ginjer L. Clarke, author of What’s Up in the Amazon Rainforest and twenty other nonfiction science books, loves getting kids excited about reading, writing, and weird science. Her books have sold a total of more than three million copies worldwide, and she has presented at more than 200 schools and libraries.

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

Bill Clegg

Did You Ever Have a Family

Bill Clegg, author of Did You Ever Have a Family and the bestselling memoirs, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days, is a literary agent in New York. He has written for the New York Times, Lapham’s Quarterly, New York magazine, The Guardian, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Note: Bill will need to leave immediately after his program. He will be available to sign books before the program.

Speaker's Website Genre: Fiction

Adam Cohen

Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck

Adam Cohen, the author of Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, is a journalist and lawyer who has served on The New York Times Editorial Board, and as a senior writer at Time magazine. He is co-editor of TheNationalBookReview.com.

Speaker's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Marjorie Cohn

Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues

Marjorie Cohn is editor of Drones and Targeted Killing and The United States and Torture, and co-author of Rules of Disengagement. Currently professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, she is the former president of the National Lawyers Guild and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

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

Meredith Cole

Virginia is for Mysteries

Meredith Cole, author of Virginia is for Mysteries, started her career as a filmmaker and screenwriter. She is the author of several mystery novels, and her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies and magazines. She teaches writing in Charlottesville, Va.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Publishing

Kenneth Coles

Kenneth Coles has worked in hair design for forty years, styling hair from New York to California, and has been operating his own salon in Charlottesville for twenty-five years.

Winifred Conkling

Radioactive! How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World

Winifred Conkling, author of Radioactive!, has written award-winning fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including Sylvia and Aki, winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Literature Award and the Tomás Rivera Award. She received an MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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

Deborah Cramer

The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey

Deborah Cramer, author of The Narrow Edge, Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage, and Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World, the companion to the U.S. National Museum of Natural History, lives with her family at the edge of a salt marsh in Gloucester, Mass.

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

Randall Crenshaw

And One Pill Makes You Small

Randy Crenshaw, MD, author of And One Pill Makes You Small, is a retired emergency room surgeon living in Charlottesville, Va., with his wife of forty-six years. Dr. Crenshaw also holds a master’s degree in Biblical Studies from the Birmingham Theological Seminary.

Speaker's Facebook Genre: Non-Fiction

Tracy Crow

On Point: A Guide to Writing the Military Story

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tracy Crow has had to cancel her participation.

Tracy Crow, author of On Point: A Guide to Writing the Military Story, is a former Marine Corps officer and assistant professor of journalism and creative writing, and author of the award-winning memoir, Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine and Red, White, & True.

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

Stephen Cushman

The Red List: A Poem

Stephen Cushman is the author of The Red List: A Poem and Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War, along with eight other titles of both poetry and nonfiction. He writes about American poetry and the American Civil War. He teaches at UVa.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry