Oliver W. Hill Book Club discusses Carrying Independence with author Karen A. Chase
CELEBRATE United States independence with us as popular Richmonder Karen A. Chase shares insights about her acclaimed historical fiction, Carrying Independence with the online Oliver W. Hill Book Club! A Q&A will follow the discussion.
Carrying Independence is a factually-based, Revolutionary War novel, Nathaniel Marten, an intrepid Post rider is hired by Congress to carry the Declaration of Independence to collect the final signatures on the one document that will unite the colonies.
Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/5zyUTL-eCUQ
Carrying Independence was awarded #12 of the 100 Best Indie Books of 2019, a 2020 Library of Virginia Literary Award Nominee and winner of two Eric Hoffer Indie Publishing Awards,
Karen A. Chase is an author, speaker, and brand designer. For nearly three decades Karen has worked as a professional designer creating brands for national and international organizations, non-profits, and authors. Carrying Independence is her first novel. she is also the author of Bonjour 40: A Paris travel log (40 years, 40 days, 40 seconds) which garnered seven independent publishing awards, and other books. She was a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year. Friends of the Richmond Public Library presented Karen A. Chase at their May 2013 Author Event. She is a member of James River Writers (JRW) and the Daughters of the American Revolution. For more information, see the Author’s website: Carrying Independence
THE OLIVER W. HILL BOOK CLUB:
Launched in March 2021 by Law Librarian Meldon D. Jenkins-Jones and historian Kathryn Roe Coker, Ph.D., the Richmond Public Library’s bi-monthly online Oliver W. Hill Book Club is named in honor of Oliver W. Hill (1907–2007), a Richmond African American attorney and civil rights activist. Hill’s efforts, along with others, resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling that racial segregation in public education was unconstitutional. The Oliver W. Hill Book Club invites readers to explore various books dealing with the law, civil rights, and social justice in America.
Meldon Jenkins-Jones is the Community Services Manager at Hull Street Library. As the former Richmond Public Library Law Librarian, she is a founder and the facilitator of the Law Library's Oliver W. Hill Book Club which meets bi-monthly online. The book club is named in honor of Oliver W. Hill (1907–2007), a Richmond African American attorney and civil rights activist. His efforts, along with others, resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling that racial segregation in public education was unconstitutional. The Oliver W. Hill Book Club invites readers to explore various books dealing with the law, civil rights, and social justice in America. Meldon also chairs the Get Lit Advisory Committee which supports the Get Lit Reading Initiatives which include the Black Male Emergent Readers (BMER) program and the Lit Chicks Read Book Club led by Dianne Wilmore, LCSM at North Avenue Library.
Meldon is a graduate of the Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2022. She was the first recipient of the Virginia Library Association (VLA) Librarians of Color Forum Award in 2021. In addition to being an active member of VLA, Meldon was formerly active in the Black Librarians Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, and a past director of the Virginia Association of Law Libraries.
In 2011, Meldon received her Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law--Newark and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she majored in Russian Civilization and minored in Black Studies and physics.
A Richmond resident, Meldon is the mother of two children and enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren.