2019 Nonfiction Participants

Listed in alphabetical order

Emily BernardEmily Bernard

Emily Bernard was born and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and received her PhD in American studies from Yale University. She has been the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation, the NEH, and a W. E. B. Du Bois Resident Fellowship at Harvard University. Her essays have been published in journals and anthologies, among them The American Scholar, Best American Essays, and Best African American Essays. She is the Julian Lindsay Green & Good Professor of English at the University of Vermont. Photo credit: Stephanie Seguino.

Jane BroxJane Brox

Jane Brox is the author of Brilliant, Clearing Land, Five Thousand Days Like This One, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Here and Nowhere Else, which received the L. L. Winship / PEN New England Award. She lives in Maine.

Julie DobrowJulie Dobrow

Julie Dobrow is a professor with appointments in the department of Child Study and Human Development and the Tisch Col-lege of Civic Life at Tufts University and serves as director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Her writing has appeared in Boston Globe Magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. She lives outside of Boston.

Jonathan GreenJonathan Green

Jonathan Green is an award-winning author and investigative journalist specializing in narrative non-fiction. His latest book, Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood and Betrayal tells the story of the infamous Bronx gang through inside access to gangsters and the federal agents, police officers and prosecutors who took them down. His first book, Murder in the High Himalaya (PublicAffairs) won the Banff Mountain Book Competition in the Mountain and Wilderness Category. It also won the American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Nonfiction Book of the Year. The book is endorsed by the Dalai Lama and actor Richard Gere. Green has been the recipient of the Amnesty International Media Award for Excellence in Human Rights Journalism, the American Society of Journalists and Authors award for reporting on a significant topic, Environment story of the year at the Foreign Press Association, the North American Travel Journalists Association for Sports in Conjunction with Travel and Feature Writer of the Year in the Press Gazette Magazine and Design Awards. His work has been anthologized in the Best American Crime Writing. On winning Exclusive of the Year at the Magazine Design and Journalism Awards the judges said, “It shows Green’s painstaking research and dogged determination and belief that a story must be followed to the bitter end.”

Christopher KleinChristopher Klein

Christopher Klein is a frequent contributor to History.com, the web site of the History Channel, and the author of four books. His latest book, When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom (Doubleday, March 2019), tells the story of a band of Union and Confederate veterans who fought side by side to undertake one of the most fantastical missions in military history: to seize the British province of Canada and hold it hostage until the independence of Ireland was secured. In this outlandish, little-known coda to the Civil War, the self-proclaimed Irish Republican Army carried out five attacks on Canada—known collectively as the Fenian Raids—between 1866 and 1871. Previous books include Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, and he has also written for the Boston Globe, New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, and Harvard Magazine among other publications. He lives in Andover, Massachusetts. Visit him at christopherklein.com.

Sean Moore

Sean Moore’s research and teaching is focused on postcolonial, economic and book history approaches to eighteenth-century British, Irish and American studies. He is editor of the journal Eighteenth-Century Studies, and has just completed a second monograph entitled “Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814” (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). This book studies how the transatlantic book trade – the purchase of London printed books by Americans eager for British cultural capital and identity – was enabled by the consumer habits and philanthropy of men engaged in slavery and related enterprises. His first monograph, “Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution: Satire and Sovereignty in Colonial Ireland” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2010), won the 2010 Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book from the American Conference for Irish Studies arguing that Jonathan Swift helped to mobilize the Irish print media for the promotion of Ireland’s cultural, political and economic sovereignty. Moore is an Associate Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire and is particularly interested in working with undergraduates and graduate students who wish to pursue careers in research libraries, museums, learned societies, high schools, public relations and public affairs.

Peter OrnerPeter Orner

Peter Orner is the author of two novels and story collections published by Little, Brown: The Second Coming of Mavala Shikon-go, (2006) and Love and Shame and Love, (2010), Esther Stories (2001, 2013 with new foreword by Marilynne Robinson) and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge (2013). His most recent book, an essay collection/memoir, Am I Alone Here? : Notes on Reading to Live and Living to Read (Catapult, 2016) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A new collection, Maggie Brown & Others will be out from Little, Brown in July, 2018. Orner’s fiction and non-fiction stories have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, the Paris Review, Granta, and elsewhere, and have been anthologized in Best American Stories and twice received a Pushcart Prize. He has been awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship. In 2017-2018, Orner was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in Namibia where he taught at the University of Namibia. He currently hold the Professorship in English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College and is a member of the Norwich, Vermont Fire Department.

Dawn RaffelDawn Raffel

Dawn Raffel’s new book is The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies. It’s the true story of the “incubator doctor” of Coney Island and Atlantic City who saved premature infants by placing them in sideshows on the boardwalk. The New York Times Book Review called it “forgotten but fascinating history” and NPR.org described it as “a mosaic mystery told in vignettes, cliffhangers, curious asides, and some surreal plot twists as Raffel investigates the secrets of the man who changed infant care in America.” Previous books include an illustrated memoir, The Secret Life of Objects (a Wall Street Journal bestseller), a novel and two story collections.

Michael Sokolove Michael Sokolove

Michael Sokolove is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. THE LAST TEMPTATION OF RICK PITINO: A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball is his fifth book. His previous books have included DRAMA HIGH, which became the NBC primetime series RISE. At the New York Times Magazine, he has written about the science, culture and sociology of sports, as well as politics and a broad range of other topics. His work has been included in the Best American Sportswriting and Best American Medical Writing anthologies. He and his wife, Ann Gerhart, an editor at the Washington Post, live in Bethesda, Maryland and have three children.

James SullivanJames Sullivan

James Sullivan is an author, Boston Globe contributor and freelance journalist. From 1995-2004 he was a pop music and culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. He has been an editor for Rolling Stone and a consultant for Pandora, and he has written for a long list of print publications, websites and assorted rags. He has done album reviews for Entertainment Weekly and NPR’s All Things Considered, have appeared on radio, TV and as a talking head in several documentaries. In his spare time, he is a programmer and moderator for the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and founder and co-organizer of Lit Crawl Boston. He has served as a Library Trustee, an alumni mentor at the University of New Hampshire and a workshop volunteer at 826 Boston, where he helped a class of high school students write and publish the anthology We Think You’re Old Enough to Know.


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