Guests of note grace Hampton Roads events

Author My Haley's "The Treason of Mary Louvestre" tour continues

In case you missed it in our earlier story, author My Haley is currently touring to discuss her book, "The Treason of Mary Louvestre" (Koehlerbooks, 2013), which tells the story of a seamstress slave in Norfolk who learns of modifications to the ironclad CSS Virginia and risks her life on a 200-mile trek to hand the crucial information over to Union Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Based on a true story, "The Treason of Mary Louvestre" is described by the publisher as "a new American epic from the Civil War."

This isn't Haley's first experience writing about history. According to biographical information provided by the publisher, Haley, the wife and widow of "Roots" author Alex Haley, assisted her husband in writing the award-winning novel, only one-third complete at the time. "My and Alex married in 1977, and over the years collaborated on many of his projects...."

If you haven't had a chance to catch Haley's tour, the next stop is tonight (Feb. 13) at Hampton University's Caldwell Cafe when she'll join Professor Earl Caldwell for "Studio in the Round." The event begins promptly at 6:15 p.m. in the Scripps Howard Television Studio. Questions? Contact Professor William C. Leonard at william.leonard@hamptonu.edu or 757.728.6754.

Haley next will appear at a campus-wide lecture and book signing at the College of William and Mary, Thursday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. at the Sadler Center. The event is part of the Africana Studies Mellon Lecture Series. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to jmholly@wm.edu. Check here for additional details.

 

William & Mary's Patrick Hayes Writer Series welcomes best-selling author George Saunders on Thursday, Feb. 21

George Saunders, whose latest collection of short stories, "Tenth of December," was published last month by Random House, will read from his works and answer questions from the audience during this event, which is free and open to the public. "Tenth of December" is currently ranked at an overall #12 in books on Amazon's ranking of best sellers.

Interested in attending?

When?
Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 to 9 p.m.
(A reception will follow the Q&A session.)

Where?
William & Mary's Andrews Hall auditorium, room 101
605 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg

 

ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray celebrate the launch of their new book, "Friends & Foes," with stops in Hampton Roads

From the publisher: "The bestselling authors of "Sinners & Saints," ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray, rock the New Year for readers as they bring back their outrageous first ladies in "Friends & Foes" (Gallery Books, Feb. 26, 2013), a sassy, witty, and poignant sequel."

Hampton Roads stops:

Monday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m.
Hampton University
HU Student Center

Monday, March 4, 7p.m.
Prince Books
109 E. Main Street, Norfolk

Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
1212 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake

 

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