Speakers

Evette Lamka

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.

Genre: Crime Wave

Mitch Landrieu

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

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.

Speaker's: Website Facebook Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Gabriel Laufer

A Survivor's Duty: Surviving the Holocaust and Fighting for Israel, A Story of Father and Son

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.

Speaker's: Website Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Preston Lauterbach

Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers

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.

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Ariel Lawhon

I Was Anastasia

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.

Speaker's: Website Facebook Twitter Genre: Fiction

Heath Lee

The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home from Vietnam

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.

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Phyllis Leffler

The Value of One: The Power of All

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.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Ellen Letourneau

Bread & Beauty: A Year in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve

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.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Genre: Non-Fiction

Kristyn Lewis

Half of What You Hear

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.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Fiction

Syaru Shirley Lin

Taiwan's China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan's Cross-Strait Economic Policy

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.

Speaker's: Website Facebook Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Ed Lin

99 Ways to Die

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.

Speaker's: Website Facebook Twitter Genre: Crime Wave

John Lingan

Homeplace: A Southern Town, A Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk

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.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Mark Loewen

What Does a Princess Really Look Like?

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.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Children/Youth

Jon Lohman

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.

Speaker's: Website Facebook Genre: Non-Fiction

Sandy Lowe

Escape to Pleasure: Lesbian Travel Erotica

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.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Romance

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

Carlos Lozada

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.

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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.

Speaker's: Website Twitter Genre: Publishing

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 Humanities. Lucey is also the author of Archie and Amélie and other books.

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Steve Luxenberg

Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation

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.

Speaker's: Website Facebook Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction