Speakers

Thuy Lam

Fire Summer

Thuy Da Lam, author of Fire Summer, was born in Qui Nhơn, grew up in Philadelphia, and now lives in Honolulu, where she teaches at Kapi‘olani Community College.

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Julie Langsdorf

White Elephant

Julie Langsdorf, author of White Elephant, has had short stories and essays in Lit Hub, Electric Literature, and other publications. White Elephant, a Washington Post bestseller, was named an editors’ choice by The New York Times. She has two children and lives in Washington, D.C.

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Jeanne Larsen

What Penelope Chooses: poems

Jeanne Larsen, author of What Penelope Chooses: poems, has published two previous books of poetry, four novels, and two collections of translated poems by Chinese women. Professor Emerita of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins, she lives just west of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Poetry

Tara Laskowski

One Night Gone

Tara Laskowski, author of One Night Gone, also wrote the story collection Bystanders, which won the Balcones Fiction Prize and was named a best book of 2017 by Jennifer Egan in The Guardian. She lives in Virginia and edits the journal SmokeLong Quarterly.

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Con Lehane

Murder Off the Page

Con Lehane, author of Murder Off the Page, the third entry in the 42nd Street Library Mysteries series, is a former college professor, labor journalist, union organizer, and bartender. He holds an MFA in writing from Columbia University.

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Martin Lehfeldt

The Liberating Promise of Philanthropy: Stories of Grant-Makers in the South

Martin Lehfeldt, coauthor of The Liberating Promise of Philanrhropy: Stories of Grant-Makers in the South, is the former president of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. He has been a newspaper reporter, program officer of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and a university development officer.

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Lindsay Lerman

I'm From Nowhere

Lindsay Lerman, author of I’m From Nowhere, holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She lives in Richmond, where she works as a writer, academic translator, and teacher. Her first translation will be published in 2020. I’m From Nowhere is her first novel.

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Kevin Levin

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth

Kevin M. Levin, author of Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth, is a historian and educator based in Boston. He is also the author of Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder and the award-winning blog Civil War Memory.

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Debbie Levy

The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and her Music

Debbie Levy, author of The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and her Music, is the author of more than twenty-five books of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for young people, including the New York Times bestselling I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award and National Jewish Book Award.

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Carole Lindstrom

The Water Protectors

Carole Lindstrom, author of The Water Protectors, is Anishinabe/Metis and is tribally enrolled with the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. She was born and raised in Nebraska and currently makes her home in Maryland. She has been a voracious reader and library geek ever since she was a child.

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Tracey Livesay

Sweet Talkin' Lover

Tracey Livesay, author of Sweet Talkin’ Lover, finds crafting believable happily-ever-afters slightly more challenging than protecting our constitutional rights, but she’s never regretted following her heart instead of her law degree. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children.

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Sonja Livingston

The Virgin of Prince Street: Expeditions into Devotion

Sonja Livingston, author of The Virgin of Prince Street, is an award-winning essayist whose work appears widely in magazines and anthologies and is taught in classrooms around the nation. The author of four books of literary nonfiction, Sonja teaches in the MFA Program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Mimi Lok

Last of Her Name

Mimi Lok, author of Last of Her Name, is a recipient of a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and an Ylvisaker Award for Fiction. She is executive director of the human rights nonprofit Voice of Witness.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Fiction

Jane Love

Jane Love is the associate executive director for SAG-AFTRA’s Mid-Atlantic Local. In addition, Jane has been involved with organizing the Audiobook industry for the last 12 years and serves with her colleague Rich Larkin as co-chief negotiator for the now more than sixty-five audiobook contracts.

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Amanda Lynch

The Mindfulness Room

Amanda Lynch, author of The Mindfulness Room, is an educational consultant specializing in self-care, mindfulness-based, trauma-informed practices, and restorative justice. She has worked in public education for nearly twenty years and enjoys introducing yoga and meditation to communities of color.

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