Lois Leveen's first novel, THE SECRETS OF MARY BOWSER (HarperCollins/William Morrow 2012, Target Book Club Pick), is based on the true story of an African American woman who became a spy for the Union by pretending to be a slave in the Confederate White House. Her second novel, JULIET'S NURSE (US: Simon & Schuster 2014, RandomHouse Canada 2014/16, Canada COSTCO Buyer's Pick 2016), imagines the fourteen years leading up to the events in Romeo and Juliet, from the perspective of one of Shakespeare's most memorable female characters. Lois's poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals. Her work has also appeared on/in NPR, the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Beast, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and in numerous anthologies and scholarly journals. Lois earned degrees in history and literature from Harvard, the University of Southern California, and UCLA, and taught at UCLA and Reed College.