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My Haley

The Denver Public Library is honored to present Dr. My Haley

September 6, 1 -3 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Free and Open to the Public

The Treason of Mary LouvestreFrom award-winning author Alex Haley’s widow, his collaborator on the bestselling Roots, comes a new American epic from the Civil War. Join us as Dr. Haley discusses her newest publication, The Treason of Mary Louvestre.

The Treason of Mary Louvestre is based on the true story of a seamstress slave from the Confederate town of Norfolk, Virginia. When her owner gets involved with modifications to the ironclad CSS Virginia, Mary copies the plans and sets out to commit treason against the South. Facing certain death as a spy if caught, she treks two hundred miles during the bitter winter of 1862 to reach the office of Union Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, where she hands over the plans. Haley, using rich narrative and characters drawn from that pinnacle era of American history, ably tells Mary’s act of bravery. First there was Roots, now there is The Treason of Mary Louvestre.

Treason can be purchased at bookstores or ordered online. It is also available as an eBook.

For more information, contact Publicist Marianne Pestana at or 303-945-6195 or by visiting My Haley’s website.

About the Author

My HaleyGrowing up under her grandmother’s watchful, wise tutelage, My Lewis Haley spent her early childhood in South Charleston, West Virginia before her parents moved the family to Columbus, Ohio. While working on her doctorate in Communications and African American Studies at The Ohio State University, My was inspired by a speech delivered on campus by author Alex Haley. After achieving her goal of earning a Ph.D, she set out on her next goal: to work with the renowned author. Impressed by My’s drive and talent, Alex Haley gave her a major assignment—to assist him in writing the remaining two-thirds of a book that was long overdue to his publisher. Within a matter of months together they completed the work and that book, Roots: The Saga of An American Family, catapulted Alex Haley to international fame. My and Alex married in 1977, and over the years collaborated on many projects, including the miniseries Roots: The Next Generations. After Alex’s death, My Haley immersed herself in writing pieces based upon her growing up with her grandmother, other novels, and many screenplays for feature film and TV.

This novel is just the first of numerous books and projects she’s readying for launch. It is an historical novel inspired by the little known but true story of a black woman spy during the Civil War, whose courageous actions led to a northern victory in the important naval battle at Hampton Roads, VA in 1862. This story of Civil War bravery is a tale of one person’s great courage and represents the finest of the American daring do; outstanding is an ordinary person doing extraordinary things.

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