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Featured Speakers

Keynote Author

Mollie Cox Bryan

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Mollie Cox Bryan is best known for her cozy mysteries with an edge and traditional mysteries with heart. She’s the author of several bestselling mystery series, also writing under the pen name Maggie Blackburn.  Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award as well as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman’s World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People’s Choice Award. Her newest book is The Lace Widow: An Eliza Hamilton Mystery and it's the first historical mystery release by pen name Mollie Ann Cox. Mollie is the mother of two grown, nearly perfect daughters.  She makes her home at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Crozet Va.

Youth Author

L.M. Elliott

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L. M. Elliott was an award-winning Washington D.C. magazine journalist before becoming a New York Times best-selling author of historical and biographical fiction. Her novels explore a variety of eras (the Italian Renaissance, American Revolution, WWII, the Great Depression, and the Cold War). Many of her works have been named NCSS/CBC Notables, Bank Street College of Education Best Books, VLA Jefferson/Cardinal Cup Winners and Honor Books, Kirkus Bests, and winner of the Grateful American Book Prize for Historical Fiction. Elliott is a lifelong Virginian and many of her titles are set in the Commonwealth. Learn more at

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