‘Carrying Independence” to Williamson Road

Karen with some of her favorite dudes.

My old pal Karen Chase, a former Roanoke graphic designer, will talk about her popular new book, Carrying Independence, Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the newly-renovated Williamson Road Library in Roanoke, one of the first events to be held there.

A Canadian by birth, Chase lives in Richmond now, but is frequently in Roanoke for a variety of reasons, among them talking about her books. She became a writer shortly after leaving the Star City with a charming memoir about turning 40 in France titled Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log (40 years. 40 days. 40 seconds. (Available here)

Chase, whose new work is a novel focusing on the signing of the Declaration of Independence, says, “My presentation will be some of the history and background behind the story of ‘carrying independence.’ I’ll talk about how I found the story, verifying that, indeed, not all the signers were in the same room on the same day, and then some of the lesser known facts of history that I learned along the way. Part of that time at the library will also include a Q&A to answer questions about writing, history, publishing, etc.”

 The talk is part of the Roanoke Reads summer program.

Chase’s talks about Carrying Independence (here) have been popular among history buffs and clubs like the Daughters of the American Revolution, revealing as it does a lot of the detail surrounding getting all the signatures that appear on the final document, an exciting and sometimes dangerous undertaking.

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