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

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.

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

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

Cate Lineberry

Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Cate Lineberry has had to cancel her participation.

Cate Lineberry, is the author of Be Free or Die, her second book. She is also the author of The Secret Rescue, a Wall Street Journal e-book bestseller and a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony Awards.

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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.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Crime Wave

Natalie Dias Lorenzi

A Long Pitch Home

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Natalie Dias Lorenzi has had to cancel her participation.

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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Mark Lorenzoni

Mark Lorenzoni is the co-founder of Ragged Mountain Running Shop and has operated it with co-founder Cynthia Lorenzoni since 1982. Together, they have supported thousands of runners in the community, developed and directed community races, and raised millions of dollars for local causes.

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

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 of The Washington Post and an adjunct professor of politics and journalism at the University of Notre Dame. In 2016, he was awarded the National Book Critics Circle citation for excellence in reviewing.

Mr. Lozada regrets that due to unforeseeable circumstances he has had to cancel his participation.

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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 Speaker's 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 Foundation for the Humanities. Lucey is also the author of Archie and Amélie and other books.

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