The High Point Public Library – in partnership with the High Point Historical Society – is hosting Independent Publisher Book Award and Pinnacle Book Award winner Libby McNamee on Wednesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. at the High Point Museum for an afternoon of reading and discussion, followed by a book signing.

This will be an excellent event for young history buffs – especially those interested in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the War of 1812.  McNamee is a member of the American Friends of Lafayette, the Lafayette Society, the Montpelier Foundation, the Historic Hopewell Foundation, the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond, the Civil War Round Table of Richmond, James River Writers, SCBWI and the Virginia State Reading Association in the Richmond Area Reading Chapter.

At the July 19 event, she’ll discuss her writing process and read from her novels –  “Susanna’s Midnight Ride: The Girl Who Won the Revolutionary War” as well as from “Dolley Madison & the War of 1812: America’s First Lady.”

McNamee became fascinated when a descendant told her the story of Susanna Bolling– a 16-year-old girl from Hopewell, Virginia whose heroic action helped defeat the British in the Revolutionary War.

McNamee  was determined to spread the story.

“Susanna’s Midnight Ride: The Girl Who Won the Revolutionary War” is her first historical novel for upper-middle graders and adults alike.

Both of the books being discussed have won Pinnacle Book Awards: “Susanna’s Midnight Ride” for Juvenile Fiction in 2020, and “Dolley Madison & the War of 1812” as a Best Book in US Historical Fiction, Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Fall 2021.

McNamee will sell copies of her books at the event and she’ll also be available to sign the books after the discussion. The event is free and open to everyone. No registration is required.

If you want more information, contact Julie Raynor at 336-883-3093 or send an email to

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