Featured Authors & Panelists in Brief - L
Errol Laborde, editor and publisher of Louisiana Life, has won more than 25 New Orleans Press Club awards for outstanding journalism since 1972. A producer and panelist on public television’s Informed Sources, an award-winning program that explores local politics, Laborde is also founding president and current board member of the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
Peggy Scott Laborde is the producer and host of New Orleans public television’s Steppin’ Out. Her professional accomplishments and efforts in conserving the arts and history of New Orleans have earned her numerous awards and praise. Laborde is the author of Pelican Publishing Company’s Canal Street: New Orleans' Great Wide Way, Christmas in New Orleans and Lost Restaurants of New Orleans. She lives in New Orleans.
Louisiana native Mark LaFlaur is a writer and editor who lives in New York City. He blogs at Levees Not War. LaFlaur’s work has appeared in the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times Book Review and in books published by Macmillan and Oxford University Press.
Justin Lamb is a New Orleans-based educator, poet and three-time member of Team Slam New Orleans. He is the 2012 Slam New Orleans Grand Slam champion as well as the 2013 SNO runner-up. In 2012, Lamb qualified for the Southern Fried Poetry Slam finals stage as an individual and a member of Team SNO. He went on to win the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, N.C. Before moving to New Orleans to teach, he cofounded Boston University’s Speak For Yourself performance poetry group. Lamb’s debut live poetry album, However It Turns Out Is Perfect, was released in April 2013.
Wally Lamb is the author of New York Times and national best-seller The Hour I First Believed as well as novels She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, both No. 1 New York Times best-sellers and Oprah’s Book Club selections. He lives in Connecticut with his family.
Kristen Landon always thought it would be nice to live in a place where winter never gets too cold. Besides one lovely winter in California, she has spent her life living in Michigan and Utah — both great places in the spring, summer and fall. She now lives with her husband and four children in a home with fabulous views of Utah’s beautiful mountains.
Cornell P. Landry graduated from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans with a degree in business administration. He works in the television and film industry and resides in Greater New Orleans with his wife Christen and two beautiful daughters, Bailey and Corinne.
Yvette Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, La. After earning a master’s degree in education and developing a successful teaching career, she began telling stories through song. Playing a variety of instruments in several Cajun bands, Landry also fronts her own band. In her first children’s story, The Ghost Tree, Yvette’s childhood experiences once again contribute to a tale rich with the intrigue and adventure that only the Louisiana swamps can provide.
Susan Larson, book editor of The Times-Picayune from 1988 to 2009, now hosts WWNO’s public radio program The Reading Life. As a founder of the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans and a board member of both the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the New Orleans Public Library, she continues to support and share New Orleans’ literary heritage.
As a young child, Mary Laurie moved with her family from the Mississippi Delta to New Orleans where she has lived ever since. Laurie's worked as a classroom teacher, master teacher, director of Home Instruction Program for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters, and principal of Guste Elementary and Carter G. Woodson Leadership Academy. After Katrina, She became principal of O. Perry Walker High School. Under her leadership, Walker has achieved widespread recognition for its academic gains.
Rita Leganski holds a master’s degree in writing and publishing and a bachelor’s degree in literary studies and creative writing from DePaul University. She teaches a writing workshop at DePaul’s School for New Learning and was a recipient of the Arthur Weinberg Memorial Prize for a work of historical fiction.
Carl Lindahl is a professor of English and folklore at the University of Houston and author of Cajun Mardi Gras Masks and Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana.
Bill Loehfelm authored The Devil She Knows, Bloodroot and Fresh Kills. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, the writer AC Lambeth. He plays drums in the Ibervillains, a rock and soul cover band.
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