Lois Leveen


April 16, 2018

NPR Update:  Mary Bowser, Still Making News

When I first started researching THE SECRETS OF MARY BOWSER, almost no one had heard of Mary. Now, as the nation debates what to do with Confederate monuments and how to honor African American and women's history, Mary's story has become a key way to understand our collective past. And what it means for our present.

Listen to this interview I did for NPR last week.

I'll be headed back to Richmond this summer, to speak in the very building where Mary posed as a slave to spy for the Union. What a way to honor her legacy!
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July 18, 2017

What Writers Need Most

It's been a long while since I've updated this blog. Why? Lots of reasons, probably too many and too detailed to discuss here.

But there's one reason I'm updating it now. You.

If you're looking at this site, it's because you are a reader who cares about my work. And whatever else is happening in the world, or in one's life, good or lousy, the thing a writer needs most is the reminder that our work matters. So when The Fayetteville Ladies Book Lovers read and discussed The Secrets of Mary Bowser and took these beautiful pictures and wrote me about how much the book meant to them, it was a gift to me as a writer, and one I wanted to share.

Fayeteville Ladies Book Lovers 1

(And their selfie including a special Richmond visitor who attested to the geographical accuracy!)

FLBL selfie

Writing is mostly solitary work, and when I'm not writing or "having to be on the computer" for other reasons, I'd rather be in the garden or on my bicycle or making music or connecting with other humans in myriad other ways. Thanks "FLBL" for reminding me that my writing connects me with other humans I may never meet but whose lives I am lucky enough to be part of, because they are readers who care about good writing. Every writer needs that!
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May 5, 2016

How the Internet Can Turn Our Interest in Black History and Women’s History into Something Weirdly R

Tamar Lewin has a great piece in The New York Times about images allegedly of Harriet Tubman.

This caused me to rant about how what's happening with Tubman reflects a larger trend around black history and women's history.

Read all about it at Medium. And maybe share it with the universe.
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April 25, 2016

Goodnight, Sweet Prince

This is up on Medium:

You can check it out over there.
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January 4, 2016

Nice Ending and New Beginning

I guess I haven't posted in a while.

I was busy writing a book.

Now the manuscript, like the year, is done. How did it go? Well, look what the OED says:

OED entry

I am the sort of sap who loves to cry at the end of a book. Who knew there was a word for it, or that JRR Tolkien would be the one to coin it?
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