'Roots' collaborator in Denver this weekend

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KUSA - To this day, "Roots" remains one of tv's most honored mini-series. "Roots," which aired in the 70's won nine Emmy awards. It was based on a best-selling novel by Alex Haley, who based it on his own family's history.

"Roots" sparked a renewed interest in the history of slavery in this country, and genealogy too. Haley's wife, Dr. My Haley, was his collaborator. She is in Denver this weekend to talk about that creative partnership, and to promote her new book "The Treason Of Mary Louvestre."

The book 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. Mary's act of bravery is told by Haley, using characters drawn from that pinnacle era of American history.

Dr. Haley is doing a series of appearances in connection with her new book and her work on "Roots."

Friday, September 6th

1pm to 3pm Free Lecture at Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
2401 Welton St
Denver, CO 80205

Saturday, Sept 7th - Boulder

Book Signing at Barnes & Noble from 11am to 2pm
2999 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80301

Sunday, Sept 8th - Glendale

Book Signing at Barnes & Noble from 1pm to 3pm
960 South Colorado Blvd
Glendale, CO 80246

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