Evette Lamka taught English, served as a curriculum and staff development service provider, and then became an independent consultant. She began volunteering for the Festival in 1996 and co-chairs the Volunteer Committee with Liza Millett.
Mitch Landrieu, author of the New York Times bestseller In the Shadow of Statues was the 61st mayor of New Orleans, 2010–2018. Landrieu served as lieutenant governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2010, and was president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. His father, Moon Landrieu, was mayor of New Orleans, 1970–1978.
Gabriel Laufer, author of A Survivor’s Duty, is a retired UVA Engineering professor, son of a Holocaust survivor, and veteran of Israeli wars. His book combines unknown details of his father’s Holocaust survival juxtaposed with accounts of his own participation in Israeli wars.
Preston Lauterbach, author of Bluff City, is a former Virginia Humanities fellow who prefers cats to dogs. He is also the author of Beale Street Dynasty and The Chitlin’ Circuit, a Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe book of the year. He is a former visiting scholar at Rhodes College and he lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ariel Lawhon, author of I Was Anastasia, The Wife the Maid and the Mistress, and Flight of Dreams, is the co-founder of She Reads Book Club. She lives outside Nashville, Tenn. with her husband, four sons, black Lab, and Siamese cat.
Heath Hardage Lee, author of The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home from Vietnam, is a nonfiction writer and museum curator living in Roanoke, Virginia. Fox 2000 and Reese Witherspoon have acquired The League of Wives to produce an adaptation.
Phyllis Leffler, author of The Value of One: The Power of All, a history of the Ron Brown Scholars Program, which has been her passion since the inception of the program. Leffler is a professor emerita at UVA, with a focus on public history and oral history.
D. Jackson Leigh, author of Ordinary is Perfect, is a career journalist, but has found her real passion in writing lesbian romances. She has published twelve novels and one collection of her short stories.
Kristen Lepionka, author of What You Want to See, won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel for the first book in her Roxane Weary mystery series, The Last Place You Look. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Ellen Letourneau, co-author of Bread & Beauty: A Year in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve, is an event planner, weaver, and baker living in Boyds, Maryland, in the Agricultural Reserve.
Kristyn Kusek Lewis, author of Half of What You Hear, Save Me, and How Lucky You Are, is a novelist and native Virginian based in Arlington. She is a former magazine editor at publications including Glamour and Child.
Syaru Shirley Lin, author of Taiwan’s China Dilemma, teaches political economy at UVA and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She graduated from Harvard College and the University of Hong Kong and was a partner at Goldman Sachs. Her commentary appears in English and Chinese.
Ed Lin, author of 99 Ways to Die, which is third in the Taipei Night Market series, after Ghost Month and Incensed, is a journalist by training and an all-around stand-up kinda guy. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. He lives in New York.
John Lingan, author of Homeplace, has written for Oxford American, BuzzFeed, Pacific Standard, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, Slate, New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other publications.
Margaret Locke, author of The Legendary Duke, is also a RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author of The Demon Duke and the Magic of Love series.
Mark Loewen, author of What Does a Princess Really Look Like?, is a psychotherapist and a dad. Raising a daughter confronted him with the limiting cultural messages that she was exposed to, and drove him to start bravelikeagirl.com and write the first book of his upcoming series, Brave Like a Girl.
Laurie Loewenstein, author of Death of a Rainmaker, is an Ohio native. She currently lives in Columbia, Md.
Jon Lohman, Virginia’s state folklorist, directs the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities. He is the author of In Good Keeping: Virginia’s Folklife Apprenticeships.
Sandy Lowe, co-editor of Escape to Pleasure, is the author of the erotic novels Irresistible and Party Games. She has a master’s degree in publishing from the University of Sydney, Australia, and is the senior editor at Bold Strokes Books.
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.
Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post and an adjunct professor of politics and journalism at the University of Notre Dame. He was awarded the 2016 National Book Critics Circle citation for excellence in reviewing and was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
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.
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 Humanities. Lucey is also the author of Archie and Amélie and other books.
Steve Luxenberg is the author of Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation, and Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret. As a Washington Post senior editor, he has overseen reporting that has earned two Pulitzer Prizes.