Lois Leveen


February 4, 2013

Pritzker Military Library Features Mary Bowser

Just in time for Black History Month, the Pritzker Military Library posted this great webcast of the presentation I did for them, about the intersections of black history, women's history, and military history.

You can watch it or download the audio podcast over at the the Pritzker site.

Lois at the Pritzker podium

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January 26, 2013

Comments from the Portuguese

I don't speak Portuguese, although Mary Bowser will . . . when the novel comes out in Brazil later this year.

But I was interviewed in the Portuguese magazine ípsilon.


Here's a PDF of the article.

If you happen to speak Portuguese, please read it and let me know if I'm brilliant or a dork or what.
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January 24, 2013

I’d Like to Thank the Academy

Darlene Clark Hine is a renowned historian. Her book A Shining Thread of Hope was one of the first comprehensive surveys of African American women's history.

Leveen and Hine photo

And Shining Thread is where I first learned about Mary Bowser. So without Darlene--there would be no novel!

I am incredibly flattered that she came to hear me speak at the Pritzker Military Library, and incredibly proud to have earned her compliments on The Secrets of Mary Bowser.

I read a scene that she said made her cry. Then that made me cry. We were a couple of faklempt scholars of African American studies, yes indeed we were.
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January 13, 2013

Author Gets a Time Out

I confess, I've gotten a Time Out.

But not for bad behavior.

I'm delighted to be a Critics' Pick in Time Out Chicago, for the talks I'm doing this week and next.

More details on these and other events on . . . wait for it . . . the EVENTS section of this website.
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December 30, 2012

How Do You Pick Your Next Read?

People ask me all the times, "What made you decide to write this novel?"

But what I want to ask THEM is, "What made you decide to read it?"

So I really enjoyed eavesdropping as this bookblogger mused about why she might read The Secrets of Mary Bowser (instead of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Marriage Plot or Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried).

Then I glanced around my bookshelves and wondered what anyone would think of me, if all they had to go on was all the books I own.
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