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.
Mary M. Lane, author of Hitler’s Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich, specializes in 20th-century western European art history and anti-Semitism. A Fulbright alumna, she is based between western Europe and Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
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.
Widely celebrated as the “First Family of Gospel Music” in Richmond, Virginia, The Legendary Ingramettes have been blowing the roof off performance stages for nearly six decades. The Ingramettes were formed by Evangelist “Mama” Maggie Ingram and are now led by Maggie’s oldest daughter, Almeta Ingram-Miller, a powerful singer in her own right, who is joined by Maggie’s granddaughter, Cheryl Maroney-Yancey, and daughter-in-law, Carrie Jackson. Backed by their rock-solid house-shaking rhythm section, the Ingramettes continue to bring the electric energy and spirit of a Sunday morning service to the stage. Last fall, the group completed a triumphant U.S. Department of State-hosted performance tour in Serbia and Bulgaria. Their much-anticipated new release, Take A Look in the Book, will be released in Winter 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Debbie Levy, author of The Key from Spain and Becoming RBG, 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, and This Promise of Change (with Jo Ann Allen Boyce), winner of the 2019 Boston Globe Horn Book Award.
The Rev. Deborah Lewis is director of The Wesley Foundation at UVA. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments & the Healing Power of Humor and to two issues of The Term: A Word for the Campus by the Campus.
Eric Lichtblau, author of Return to the Reich, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and the best selling author of The Nazis Next Door and Bush’s Law. He was a Washington reporter for The New York Times for fifteen years.
Carole Lindstrom, author of We are 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.
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.
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.
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.
As a selection for the 2020 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book is discussed in an interview available HERE.
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.
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.
Raymond Luczak, author of Flannelwood, is the author and editor of twenty books. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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.