Speakers

Abbie Gascho Landis

Immersion: The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels

Abbie Gascho Landis, author of Immersion, is a writer, veterinarian, and naturalist. She has won Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies 2015 Essay Award, an Arthur DeLong Writing Award, and was a finalist for the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Award.

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J. Drew Lanham

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature

J. Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, is a native of Edgefield, S.C., and professor of wildlife ecology at Clemson University. His work reflects a black-prismed focus on the nature and culture of the South.

As a selection for the 2018 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book has a discussion guide available for download HERE.

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Kisha Lashley

Kisha Lashley is an assistant professor of commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce. Her research lies at the intersection of strategic management and organizational theory, and she is interested in questions related to organizational social evaluations such as stigma.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Micah LeMon

The Imbible: A Cocktail Guide for Beginning and Home Bartenders

Micha LeMon, author of The Imbible, is bar manager at the James Beard Award-nominated Alley Light and writes a column on craft cocktails for C-VILLE Weekly.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Dave Levitan

Not A Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science

Dave Levitan, author of Not A Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science, is a science journalist based near Philadelphia. He has written on a variety of scientific topics for outlets ranging from The Atlantic and The Washington Post to Wired and Gizmodo.

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Jenée Libby

Jenée Libby is a writer of food, fiction, and essay. Obsessed with vintage diners, old cookbooks, and anything Technicolor created in a Jell-O mold, she runs her mouth about it all on Edacious – Food Talk for Gluttons, a podcast which turns focus away from the pretty Instagrammed plate and onto the folks who do the work of food in our kitchens, fields, stores, and boardrooms. Food is just a starting point for many deeper conversations.

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Alex Lichtenstein

Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory

Alex Lichtenstein, coauthor of Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory, is a professor of History at Indiana University and editor of the American Historical Review.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Andrew Lichtenstein

Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory

Andrew Lichtenstein, coauthor of Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory, is an independent photojournalist based in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a contributor to Facing Change. Publications he has worked for on editorial assignment includes Time, Newsweek, Al Jazeera, Die Zeit, Stern, Geo, Mother Jones, Life, Rolling Stone and the New York Times, among others.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Megan Wagner Lloyd

Fort-Building Time

Megan Wagner Lloyd, author of Fort-Building Time, lives with her family in the Washington, D.C., area, where she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time outdoors. She is also the author of Finding Wild, as well as the upcoming picture books Building Books and Paper Mice.

Speaker's Website Genre: Children/Youth

Attica Locke

Bluebird, Bluebird

Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird, received the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for Pleasantville. Her first novel, Black Water Rising, was long-listed for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and nominated for an Edgar Award; and her novel, The Cutting Season, was a national bestseller and recipient of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Locke was a writer and producer on the Fox drama Empire, is a native of Houston, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

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Natalie Dias Lorenzi

A Long Pitch Home

Natalie Dias Lorenzi, author of A Long Pitch Home, has been a teacher and school librarian in Japan, Italy, and now in Fairfax County, Va. Her books have been honored by the Junior Library Guild, International Reading Association, Bank Street College of Education, and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.

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Amber Loyacano

Amber Loyacano is a national board certified high school English teacher in Waynesboro, Va. She teaches AP language and composition and is the teacher sponsor of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. She also blogs about her teaching and reading experiences.

Speaker's Website Genre: Children/Youth

Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas is the executive director of the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the publisher of Guernica and director of education at the Tribeca Film Institute. Lucas also serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival.

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Donna Lucey

Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas

Donna M. Lucey, author of Sargent’s Women, is the recipient of two NEH grants, a 2017 writer-in-residence at Edith Wharton’s the Mount, and media editor at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Lucey is also the author of Archie and Amélie and other books.

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