The Advisory Panel advises and guides the MV Book Festival and Author Series.
Its distinguished members provide invaluable guidance on upcoming titles, author selection, and programming, and participate in the programming and moderate discussions.
New York Times-bestselling author Geraldine Brooks writes impeccably researched historical novels. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for her novel, March. Other novels include Caleb’s Crossing, Year of Wonders and People of the Book, as well as non-fiction works. Her most recent novel, The Secret Chord, about the life of King David, was published in 2015.
Dawn Davis is the Vice President and Publisher of 37 Ink, an imprint within the Atria Publishing Group of Simon & Schuster. Founded by Ms. Davis in 2013, 37 Ink publishes books from a diverse array of cultures and viewpoints. Prior to launching 37 Ink, Davis was Editorial Director and then Publisher of Amistad imprint at HarperCollins where she published the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Known World by Edward P. Jones. Ms. Davis received the 2019 Editor’s Award from Poets and Writers for her work in advancing diverse and historically marginalized voices in publishing.
Steve Fischer is the former Executive Director on the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) which he ran for 12 years. NEIBA’s mission is to further the success of professional independent booksellers in New England to foster a vital and supportive bookselling community.
George Gibson joined Grove Atlantic as the Executive Editor in January 2017. Gibson was at Bloomsbury for 23 years where he edited and/or published a number of acclaimed works of nonfiction, including Dava Sobel’s Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, Mark Kurlansky’s Salt, and Carol Anderson’s White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Gibson began his career in the book business in 1972 as a clerk at The Old Corner Bookstore in Boston, which was then the oldest continuously running bookstore in America.
Buck Goldstein is the University Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He co-authored, with Holden Thorp, Engines of Innovation—The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century. He is the co-founder of Information America, an online information business that was acquired by the Thomson Corporation. He also founded NetWorth Partners, a venture capital fund focusing on information based enterprises.
Author Tony Horwitz began his career as a newspaper reporter in Indiana, later working as a foreign correspondent and winning a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. His books include Boom, an ebook about the Keystone pipeline, Midnight Rising, Confederates in the Attic, Blue Latitudes, Baghdad Without a Map, and A Voyage Long and Strange. Spying on the South was released in 2019, and retraces the journey through the south of then journalist Frederick Law Olmsted.
A novelist, Ward Just began his career as a reporter and served as The Washington Post’s war correspondent in Vietnam. He is the author of 17 novels including The Eastern Shore, American Romantic, the National Book Award Finalist, Echo House, and An Unfinished Season, a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize.
Joan Nathan is the author of eleven cookbooks including her recently released, King Solomon's Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World, which just won an IACP award. Her recent Quiches, Kugels and Couscous was named one of the 10 best cookbooks in 2010 by NPR, Food and Wine and Bon Appétit magazines. Her renowned, Jewish Cooking in America won the James Beard Award for the best American cookbook and, in 2017, was named a “Culinary Classic” by the IACP.
Journalist Michele Norris is an NPR host and special correspondent. She leads The Race Card Project, an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America, which won a Peabody Award in 2014. She hosted NPR’s evening news program, All Things Considered for many years. Her 2010 memoir, The Grace of Silence, sheds new light on America’s complicated racial history.
Kitty Pilgrim worked as a CNN correspondent and news anchor for 24 years. As a New York-based reporter her normal beat included politics and economics but her assignments also have taken her around the world. Pilgrim anchored her own CNN morning show, “Early Edition” in 1998-1999 and was anchor for prime time broadcasts at CNN from 2001-2010. She is the recipient of many awards in journalism. Her true love is foreign travel and exploration. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has written three novels, all thrillers, set in exotic destinations across the globe.
Richard Russo is the author of seven novels, two short story collections and the memoir, Elsewhere. In 2002, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls. He is a master of rich characters and pitch-perfect descriptions of small-town America. His eighth novel, Chances Are…, set on Martha’s Vineyard, will be released in July 2019.
Sharon Shaloo is the Executive Director of Massachusetts Center for the Book, which sponsors programming to connect readers with books. Its mission is to promote interest in reading as a cultural activity and support the literary economy of Massachusetts.
Alexandra Styron is the author of the memoir, Reading My Father, and the novel, All the Finest Girls. Her new book, Steal this Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence and Fixing Almost Everything, is a timely call for citizen activism and was released in September 2018. She teaches memoir writing in the MFA program at Hunter College. In Reading My Father, Styron provides a compelling look at the experiences that shaped her father, William Styron’s life and his novels.
Patricia A. Sullivan
Patricia Sullivan is a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina where she specializes in modern US history. Her particular areas of interest are African American history; race, reform and politics in the US; the South since the Civil War; and the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Her books include Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement, Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era and Freedom Writer: Virginia Foster Durr, Letters from the Civil Rights Years.