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Gail Lukasik
Mystery / Non-Fiction
Gail Lukasik Lake County Authorfest

Gail Lukasik writes the award winning Leigh Girard mystery series, a seasonal series set in Door County, Wisconsin. Peak Season for Murder won the Lovey Award for Best Traditional Amateur Sleuth. Her work has been described as “riveting” (Kirkus Reviews) and “splendid” (Lisel Mueller, Pulitzer Prize winning poet). She began her writing career as a poet. Her most recent book of poems is: Homeless, In My Own Words: True Stories of Homeless Mothers. Prior to writing books, she was a ballerina with the Cleveland Civic Ballet Company.

After her appearance on PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow where her mother’s life changing secret was revealed, she was inspired to write White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing. White Like Her is the story of Gail Lukasik’s mother’s “passing,” Gail’s struggle with the shame of her mother’s choice, and her subsequent journey of self-discovery and redemption.

Her website is:
To read an excerpt from White Like Her: go to Ms. Magazine blog: HERE