A former faculty member at UCLA and Reed College, Lois gives talks about writing, history, and the meaning of race in American culture at libraries, museums, universities, teacher training programs, and conferences throughout the country. She is proud to have brought Mary Bowser's story to a broad range of venues, from black history museums to the Museum of the Confederacy, and from a university named for a slaveholder to one founded during Reconstruction to educate newly freed African Americans. Lois is also available for media interviews.
To book an event, please contact:
HarperCollins Speakers Bureau
To schedule an interview
, email email@example.com
To learn more about the range of talks Lois gives
, visit The HarperCollins Speakers Bureau
To see examples of Lois speaking at libraries, museums, and schools
, visit The Secrets of Mary Bowser channel on youtube
What audiences are saying
"Lois Leveen brings together the dynamics of storytelling with an historian's training. Her engaging style and genuine interest in having conversations about history, race, and resistance made the program enjoyable for all."
— Anna Henry, Museum of the African Diaspora
"Lois Leveen’s presentation was thoroughly engaging, and she did a wonderful job of addressing the diverse interests of our audience during the discussion that followed. It’s rare to find a speaker or a book that can simultaneously appeal to community members, students, faculty, and staff but Lois Leveen and The Secrets of Mary Bowser did."
— Rosemary Weatherston, University of Detroit Mercy
"Lois Leveen's presentation about The Secrets of Mary Bowser was informative, insightful, and humorous. She has successfully fused the world of fiction with that of fact, filling in the blanks of a tale previously known to only a few. Thanks to Dr. Leveen's masterful work Mary Bowser lives."
— Rick Moss, African American Museum & Library at Oakland
"Lois Leveen is a dynamic and engaging speaker and a natural teacher who can appeal to a wide range of audiences. She was the perfect author and presenter to launch the 2013 Sigma Tau Delta Convention . . . perfectly tuned in to the audience of 300. The Secrets of Mary Bowser would be ideal for use as a common reader or in a first-year experience program."
— Professor Gloria Hochstein, Sigma Tau Delta Convention Chair
"The Museum of the Confederacy has a long track record of tackling subjects which pertain to race and to Southern unionists. But it was a first when Lois Leveen gave a presentation about Mary Bowser—a Yankee spy, African American, and former slave—with 120 people in the audience and C-SPAN filming it. Lois’ research is impeccable, and her novelist’s ability added great interest."
— Waite Rawls III, Museum of the Confederacy
"With her intelligence, thoughtfulness, and creativity, Lois Leveen provides an environment of community around literature. She provides useful context and insight, enlightening the participants' understanding and enriching their experience with the text. Her empathy and humor make participants feel at ease. I would highly recommend her to any organization looking for a memorable speaker and educator."
— Jennifer Fejta, Literary Arts
"Lois Leveen is a great discussion leader and guide who engages everyone–novices as well as experts. Leading a series of public programs for the Portland Art Museum, she created experiences for a mixed audience of readers, writers, and artists. Her sharp wit and charm made her approachable, and she was always able to instigate and sustain intriguing conversation."
— Amy Gray, Portland Art Museum
"Lois Leveen had all the ingredients of a terrific presenter. The excerpts that she read from The Secrets of Mary Bowser made me want to be first in line to buy the book. Equally compelling were her insights into writing and ethnic identity. Museum audiences always appreciate opportunities to engage in new conversations about culture and identity, and Ms. Leveen did not disappoint."
— Judith Margles, Oregon Jewish Museum
"Lois Leveen was a tremendous hit at our small-town library, engaging a large multigenerational group of attendees in a lively discussion. Her approach is substantive, inclusive, and above all, fun. We look forward to her next appearance here!"
— Penny Hummel, Canby Public Library