Carrie Callaghan

A Light of Her Own

Carrie Callaghan, author of A Light of Her Own, lives in Maryland with her family. Her short fiction has appeared in Weave Magazine, The MacGuffin, Silk Road, and Floodwall. Callaghan is also a senior editor and contributor at the Washington Independent Review of Books.

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Linda Carnes-McNaughton

Blackbeard's Sunken Prize: The 300-Year Voyage of Queen Anne's Revenge

Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton, co-author of Blackbeard’s Sunken Prize: The 300-Year Voyage of Queen Anne’s Revenge, is the current program archaeologist and curator at Fort Bragg’s Cultural Resources Management Program.

Genre: Non-Fiction

A.D. Carson

A.D. Carson is a performance artist and educator from Decatur, Illinois. His most recent project is an album, titled Sleepwalking 2, which is available to stream. Carson is currently assistant professor of hip-hop and the Global South at the University of Virginia.

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Renee Brooks Catacalos

The Chesapeake Table: Your Guide to Eating Local

Renee Brooks Catacalos, author of The Chesapeake Table: Your Guide to Eating Local, is a local food advocate, former publisher of Edible Chesapeake magazine, and member of the steering team for the Chesapeake Foodshed Network.

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Ron Charles

Ron Charles is a book critic and feature writer at The Washington Post, where he hosts the Totally Hip Video Book Review. Before coming to the Post in 2005, Charles edited the book section of The Christian Science Monitor in Boston.

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Daniel Chávez

Nicaragua and the Politics of Utopia

Daniel Chávez Landeros, the author of Nicaragua and the Politics of Utopia, is a scholar and an award winning poet from Mexico. He writes about Latin American film and literature and is currently working on projects on representation of Mexican history in comic books.

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Nicole Chung

All You Can Ever Know

Nicole Chung is the author of the memoir All You Can Ever Know. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, GQ, and BuzzFeed. She is the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast.

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Leone Ciporin

Leone Ciporin has published work including stories in three mystery anthologies and four mini-mysteries in Woman’s World magazine. Her story, “Invisible Women”, appeared in The Hook after placing third in a 2012 contest judged by John Grisham. Leone lives in Charlottesville, Va.

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Ginjer Clarke

Life in the Gobi Desert

Ginjer L. Clarke, author of Life in the Gobi Desert, has published more than twenty other nonfiction picture books, beginning readers, and chapter books about weird, wonderful science stuff. She lives in Richmond, Va.

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Tanya Denckla Cobb

Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Movement is Changing The Way We Eat

Tanya Denckla Cobb is an environmental and public policy mediator, teacher, and author, as well as director of the UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation.

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Pat Coffey

Pat Coffey is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville and Blue Ridge Prison Project. He co-founded the Meditation Teacher Trining Institute and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. Pat has taught meditation nationally and internationally for 25 years.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Meredith Cole

Virginia is for Mysteries

Meredith Cole was the winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic competition and her first book, Posed for Murder, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery Novel. Her short stories have appeared in many anthologies and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

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Leslie Connor

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Leslie Connor‘s newest book, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, was a 2018 National Book Award Finalist and recipient of the 2019 ALA Schneider Family Book Award. Her award-winning books for children including a picture bookmiddle grade novels, Crunch, and Waiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award; and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, a finalist for the E.B. White Read Aloud Award. Connor earned a BFA in visual art at the University of Connecticut.

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John Copenhaver

Dodging and Burning

John Copenhaver, author of Dodging and Burning, is the five-time recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In 2015, he launched and continues to maintain a crime fiction column for the Lambda Literary website, “Blacklight.” His work has appeared in CrimeReads, Electric Lit, Glitterwolf, PANK, New York Journal of Books, and others.

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Angela Critics

Angela Critics is the children’s services manager for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Presenting storytimes for children is one of the highlights of her job.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Children/Youth

Ellen Crosby

Harvest of Secrets

Ellen Crosby, author of Harvest of Secrets, has written nine books in her Virginia Wine Country mystery series, a mystery series featuring international photojournalist Sophie Medina, and Moscow Nights, a standalone. The Angel’s Share, book 10 in the wine country series, will be released in 2019.

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Hal Crowther

Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers: A Gallery of Memorable Southerners

Hal Crowther, author of Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers: A Gallery of Memorable Southerners, is an award-winning journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Oxford American. He has written four books of essays, including An Infuriating American.

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Steve Cushman

How Birds Fly

Steve Cushman’s first full-length poetry collection, How Birds Fly, is the winner of the 2018 Lena Shull Book Award. He earned his MFA from UNC-Greensboro. He has published three novels, including the Novello Literary Award winning novel, Portisville.

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