Participants

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Ben Raines

America's Amazon

Ben Raines wrote “America’s Amazon” and “The BP Oil Spill: How the Secrets Were Spilled.” An environmental reporter for the Mobile Press Register and AL.com, he graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in filmmaking. Ben and his family live in Fairhope, Al.

Speaker's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Emilie Raymond

Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil Rights Movement

Emilie Raymond, author of Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil Rights Movement, is an associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Richmond with her husband and daughter.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Christa Robbins

Christa Noel Robbins is an assistant professor of twentieth- and twenty-first century art history at UVa. She is an advisory editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, a founding editor of open-set.com, and has published in the Oxford Art Journal, Art in America, and the Minnesota Review.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

James Robertson, Jr.

After the Civil War: The Heroes, Villains, Soldiers, and Civilians Who Changed America

James I. Robertson, Jr., author of After the Civil War: The Heroes, Villains, Soldiers, and Civilians Who Changed America, and editor of A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary, is Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus in History at Virginia Tech and the author or editor of more than 20 books, including Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Sara Robinson

Sometimes the Little Town

Sara Robinson, author of Sometimes the Little Town and four other books, is the founder of Lonesome Mountain Pros(e) Writers’ Workshop, a UVA-OLLI instructor on Contemporary Poetry, and poetry columnist for Southern Writers’ Magazine. She has published in numerous journals and anthologies.

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

Maya Rodale

Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained

Maya Rodale, author of Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained, began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award-winning author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the genre and its readers, she is also a non-fiction writer.

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

Albert Rossi

Becoming a Healing Presence

Dr. Albert S. Rossi, author of the book Becoming a Healing Presence, teaches courses in pastoral theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who has written and spoken widely about psychology and religion. He also hosts a bi-weekly podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Carolyn Russo

Art of the Airport Tower

Carolyn Russo, author of In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight, has worked at the National Air and Space Museum since 1988 as a staff photographer and as a museum specialist in the Aeronautics Division.

Genre: Non-Fiction