On Sunday, April 22nd at 2pm, the Friends of the Berwyn Library are hosting a program with Leslie Goddard portraying Violet Jessup:
This program is free and open to anyone. Click here to register. It should be very popular. Goddard is known throughout the Chicagoland area as being an expert in historic character re-enactments. This is approrpiate for the whole family.Few survivors of the sinking of the Britannic in 1916 had their toothbrushes. But Stewardess Violet Jessop had hers, remembering what she missed after surviving the sinking of the Titanic -- the Britannic's virtually identical sister ship -- just four years earlier, in April 1912. In this first-person portrayal set in 1916, Jessop tells unforgettable stories of the tragedies from the striking viewpoint of a crew member and gives a fascinating glimpse at life behind-the-scenes on the most glamorous luxury liners of their day.
To further embrace this anniversary, Christi and I are having fun building a "Disastrous Fiction" display to go up on April 11th (it sunk on 4/15/1912).
Christi is building a master list of books centered around disasters from all genres to fill the display (on a side note we had a lot of fun using NoveList to search different disastrous subject headings), while I am building a Titanic themed annotated list of fiction which features the disaster.
One new book that centers around the Titanic disaster and is getting a lot of positive press is The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. While that book will obviously be on my list, I have a few oldies but goodies such as Clive Cussler's Raise the Titanic and Connie Willis' Passage. However, my favorite find I unearthed during my research is Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men by Molly Harper, a paranormal romance which features a Titanic themed wedding; which when you are talking about a wedding with undead participants, is quite an appropriate theme. And by favorite, I don't mean it was my favorite book, but it was my most fun discovery.
You will have to wait for the display to go up to see all the titles annotations though. I will post them here. But, this led me to thinking, it is not too late to add your favorite disaster tales to our master list.
So for today's Monday Discussion, share your favorite book which features a disaster. It can be any kind of disaster: natural, a sinking or crash, an epidemic, post-apocalyptic, supernatural. It doesn't matter. Pass them on.
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