A.D. Hopkins

The Boys Who Woke Up Early

A.D. Hopkins, author of The Boys Who Woke Up Early, has worked for newspapers in Virginia, North Carolina, and Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was inducted into the Nevada Press Association’s Newspaper Hall of Fame.

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Alyson Hagy


Alyson Hagy, author of Scribe, was raised on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She is the author of seven previous works of fiction, including Boleto, and lives in Laramie, Wyoming.

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Trudy Hale

Trudy Hale renovated an old house on the James River and opened Porches Writing Retreat in 2006. She received an MFA from Antioch University, taught at Pierce College in L.A. and Longwood University in Virginia. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of Streetlight Magazine.

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Amy Laura Hall

Laughing at the Devil: Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich

Amy Laura Hall, author of Laughing at the Devil, is in her twentieth year of teaching at Duke University. She earned her PhD at Yale University in 1999 and is the author of four books in disparate genres. She is an ordained elder in the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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Jack Hamilton

Jack Hamilton is assistant professor of American studies and media studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination and the pop critic for Slate magazine.

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Njelle Hamilton

Njelle Hamilton is assistant professor of English at UVa, and author of the forthcoming monograph, Phonographic Memories: Popular Music and the Contemporary Caribbean Novel. She is currently working on a book on time travel and time technologies in speculative Caribbean fiction.

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Jessica Handler

The Magnetic Girl

Jessica Handler is the author of Braving the Fire and Invisible Sisters: A Memoir, named one of the “Twenty Five Books All Georgians Should Read” and Atlanta Magazine’s “Best Memoir of 2009.” Jessica writes essays and nonfiction features appearing on NPR, in Tin House, Washington Post, and more.

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Cathryn Hankla

Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home

Cathryn Hankla, author of Lost Places, has published more than a dozen books, including Galaxies and Great Bear. She was born in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and is a professor in the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University.

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Claudia Hanna

Claudia Hanna teaches people ages 5 – 80+ authentic, Mediterranean cooking classes at UVA OLLI, JMU, and in and around her community. Hanna leads culinary and cultural tours to Cyprus, Turkey and Greece, where she loves sharing the warm culture and foods of these ancient lands.

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Jane Hansen

Jane Hanson has been a member of the African American Authors Book Club since 1999. She is a professor emeritus at UVA, was a professor at the University of New Hampshire, and taught writing at both universities.

Genre: Fiction

Clay Hansen

Clay Hansen is executive director of the Charlottesville, Virginia-based Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Jeffrey Hantman

Monacan Millennium: A Collaborative Archaeology and History of a Virginia Indian People

Jeffrey Hantman, author of Monacan Millennium: A Collaborative Archaeology and History of a Virginia Indian People, is professor of anthropology at UVA and the coeditor of Across the Continent: Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and the Making of America.

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Susan Harness

Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption

Susan Devan Harness, author of Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption, is a member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes. As a cultural anthropologist and a writer, she is interested in people and their histories.

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Claudrena Harold

Charlottesville 2017: The Legacy of Race and Inequity

Claudrena N. Harold, coeditor with Louis P. Nelson of Charlottesville 2017: The Legacy of Race and Inequity, is professor of History and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia and the author of New Negro Politics in the Jim Crow South.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Lyall Harris

Lyall Harris is visual artist and published poet working primarily in the field of book art. Her paintings have received numerous awards and her book art is held in over fifty special collections libraries. She is co-founder and co-editor of The Sigh Press literary journal.

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Taylor Harris

Taylor Harris is a writer living in Charlottesville. Her work has been featured by The Washington Post, Catapult, Longreads, New York Magazine, Narratively, The Toast, McSweeney’s, and other publications.

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Saidiya Hartman

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval

Saidiya Hartman, author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route. Hartman has been a Cullman Fellow and Fulbright Scholar, is a professor at Columbia University, and lives in New York.

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Melanie Hatter

Malawi's Sisters

Melanie S. Hatter, author of Malawi’s Sisters, is also the author of The Color of My Soul, winner of the 2011 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, and Let No One Weep for Me: Stories of Love and Loss. She serves on the board of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.

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Cliff Haury

Genre: Non-Fiction

Laura Hawthorne

Laura F. Hawthorne is associate vice provost and university registrar at UVA. She completed her doctoral degree in Religious Studies at UVA in 2015 and teaches courses in the theology of the Middle Ages and Christian ethics.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Peter Hedlund

Peter Hedlund is the director of Encyclopedia Virginia, a free, online resource about Virginia’s history and culture produced by Virginia Humanities. In addition to helping produce an encyclopedia, Peter also enjoys making photographs and raising oysters.

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Kristien Hemmerechts

The Woman Who Fed the Dogs

Kristien Hemmerecht, author of The Woman Who Fed the Dogs, has written more than twenty novels, as well as short stories and autobiographical essays. She now teaches creative writing at University College Louvain and The Drama School of Antwerp.

Kristien Hemmerechts is presented in the 2019 Festival with the support of Flanders State of the Art.

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Grady Hendrix

We Sold Our Souls

Grady Hendrix, author of We Sold Our Souls, also wrote My Best Friend’s Exorcism and other horror novels. His nonfiction history of the horror paperback boom of the 70’s and 80’s, Paperbacks from Hell, won the Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction. He also writes horror movies.

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Ashley Hewlett

Cailey's Best Day

Ashley J. Hewlett, author of Cailey’s Best Day, lives in Richmond, Virginia, and is an educator. One of her greatest joys is reading to her daughter, her literary muse.

Genre: Children/Youth

Joy Heyrman

Joy Heyrman became executive director of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in 2016, after 23 years with the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. She holds an MA and a PhD in Art History and Archeology from the University of Maryland and a BA in English from Amherst College.

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DaMaris Hill

A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing

DaMaris B. Hill is the author of A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing. A writer and academic, Dr. Hill currently serves as an assistant professor of creative writing and African American and Africana studies at the University of Kentucky.

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

James Horn

1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy

James Horn, author of 1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy, is the president of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation. He is author and editor of five books on colonial American history, and he lives in Richmond, Va.

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Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday is the chief film critic at The Washington Post. Beginning at The New York Times Arts & Leisure section, she has also written for Austin American-Statesman and The Baltimore Sun. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2008, Hornaday is the author of Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies.

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Erin Hosier

Don't Let Me Down: A Memoir

Erin Hosier, author of the memoir Don’t Let Me Down and coauthor of Patty Schemel’s Hit So Hard, has been a literary agent since 2001 (currently with Dunow Carlson & Lerner), and was an original co-host of the Literary Death Match. As an agent, she primarily works with authors of nonfiction and has a special interest in popular culture, music biography, humor, and women’s history, and untold stories of all kinds. In general, novels with happy endings put her in a bad mood.

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Silas House


Silas House is the author of six novels, including Southernmost and the New York Times bestseller A Parchment of Leaves. He is a contributor to the New York Times and a former commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered. House is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

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Catherine Herbert Howell

The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs From National Geographic

Catherine Herbert Howell, author of The Splendor of Birds, has contributed to dozens of National Geographic books, including Flora Mirabilis, Illustrated Guide to Wildlife, Bird-watcher’s Bible, and the Field Guide to Birds of North America. She holds a master’s in anthropology from UVa.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Clark Hoyt

Clark Hoyt is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, former Washington editor and former vice president/news for Knight Ridder Newspapers, former public editor for the New York Times, and former ombudsman for Bloomberg News. He serves on the Board of Virginia Humanities.