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Nancy O’Brien

Nancy O’Brien, a consultant and facilitator, was the first woman mayor of Charlottesville and is the retired director of the Thomas Jefferson District Planning Commission.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Libby O’Connell

The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites

Libby O’Connell, author of The American Plate, is an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer. As chief historian and senior vice president for the History Channel and A+E Networks, her work in historic preservation and history education has been recognized by the White House. O’Connell received her MA and PhD in American history from UVa.

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

Gregory O’Malley

Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807

Gregory E. O’Malley, author of Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, is associate professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition to prizes from the Southern Historical Association and the Association of Caribbean Historians, his book earned the Forkosch Prize (for British and British Imperial or Commonwealth History) and the Rawley Prize (for Atlantic History), both from the American Historical Association.

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

Carolyn O’Neal


Carolyn O’Neal, author of Kingsley, is a passionate environmentalist and storyteller. Her short story, “Silent Grace,” won The Hook’s short story contest. She’s active with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Oyster Shell Recycling Program and is a founding member of BACCA Literary.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Fiction

Andrew O’Shaughnessy

The Men Who Lost America British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire

Andrew O’Shaughnessy is vice president of Monticello, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and professor of History at UVa. His most recent book received eight national awards.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Chris Oakley

Chris Oakley has owned Oakley’s Gently Used Books for 19 years. She has a journeyman’s certificate in prepress. For more than 20 years she published independent and literary magazines now housed in the University of Delaware’s Special Collections. Sci Fi/Fantasy is her specialty.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Genre: Fiction

Christopher Oldstone-Moore

Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair

Christopher Oldstone-Moore, author of Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair, earned his doctorate in European history from the University of Chicago. He teaches at Wright State University, specializing in the history of gender and masculinity.

Speaker's Facebook Genre: Non-Fiction

Kelli Olson

Kelli Olson teaches literature and writing courses at Piedmont Virginia Community College. She holds a PhD in American literature and an MA in British literature.

Genre: Publishing

Fernando Operé

Fernando Operé is professor of Spanish at UVa. He directs the Latin American studies program, the Hispanic studies program, and the Valencia program. He is a poet, musician, actor, and soccer player.

Genre: Poetry