Carolyn Eastman

A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the Revolution

Carolyn Eastman is associate professor of history at VCU. She the is author of the prizewinning A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the Revolution; and the forthcoming, The Strange Genius of Mr. O: Celebrity and the Invention of the United States.

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Esi Edugyan

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan is author of Washington Black, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Orange Prize. She lives in Victoria, B.C.

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Barbara Ehrenreich

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Natural Causes, is the author of over a dozen books, including the New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed. She has a PhD in cellular immunology from Rockefeller University and writes frequently about health care and medical science.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Barbara Ehrenreich has had to cancel her participation in the Festival.

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Sinikka Elliott

Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It

Sinikka Elliott, co-author of Pressure Cooker, is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her research examines family dynamics, intersecting inequalities, and social policy.

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Jennifer Elvgren

The Edelweiss Pirates

Jennifer Elvgren, author of The Edelweiss Pirates, has received the Andersen Prize, The Américas Award, a Sydney Taylor award, and a Jane Addams award. Her work has appeared on the Children’s Notable Book and Bank Street College Best Books lists.

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Christine Emery

Black Cloud Blues

Christine A. Emery, author of Black Cloud Blues, is a children’s book creator and entertainer. Using laughter and joy, she encourages children to see themselves and the world in a magical way.

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Cai Emmons

Weather Woman

Cai Emmons is the author of Weather Woman and two other novels, The Stylist and His Mother’s Son. She was a playwright and screenwriter before turning to fiction. She teaches creative writing at the University of Oregon.

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Laura Eve Engel

Things That Go

Laura Eve Engel, author of Things That Go, is the recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Her work has appeared in The Awl, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere.

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M.K. England

The Disasters

M.K. England, author of The Disasters, is a Charlottesville-area YA librarian, a space advocate, and the biggest nerd ever. She is often found drowning in fandom, rolling dice at the gaming table, or wishing she had planted less zucchini.

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Carolyn Engelhard

Carolyn Long Engelhard is a faculty member in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the UVA School of Medicine and associate professor in both the School of Medicine and in the Frank Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership. She analyzes and monitors changes in health policy at the federal and state governmental levels and is creating educational videos on current health policy topics for MedPage Today, a national web-based news organization.

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Talley English


Talley English, author of Horse, grew up in Virginia, where she rode horses with her family. Talley feels that a connection with a horse is like a mirror for one’s own heart. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her daughter and some pets.

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Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez is an actor, writer, director, and producer. His performances in The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire won him widespread acclaim. His other credits include Repo Man, The Mighty Ducks, and the Golden Globe-nominated Bobby, which he starred in, wrote, and directed.

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