Sunday, April 15, 2012

100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic

Today is the anniversary of the Titanic disaster.  I am fascinated, as many are, by tales of this tragic voyage.  To commemorate the anniversary, there are several new books being released.  Check the catalog for:

Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyages: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World by Hugh Brewster

Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From by Richard Davenport-Hines

And the Band Played On: The Enthralling Account of What Happened After the Titanic Sank by Christopher Ward

Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those who Survived by Andrew Wilson

Wreck and Sinking of the Titanic: The Ocean's Greatest Disaster edited by Marshall Everett

Additionally, there is a new novel coming out with a character who is a Titanic survivor: The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott.

For other items about the Titanic in the library catalog, try a subject search by "Titanic (Steamship)".

Around the internet, you can find a variety of Titanic-related resources, including:
National Geographic has released new photos of the Titanic.

Julian Fellowes, author of Gosford Park & Downton Abbey, has written a Titanic mini-series for British TV, & James Cameron's 1997 film is being re-released in 3D.

The Titanic Collection is to be auctioned. "A 2007 US court decision made it possible for the items to be sold, but that the collection must be kept together, it must be properly taken care of, and at least a portion of the collection must be available for public viewing. A court-ordered appraisal at the time valued the collection at $189 million," says 24/7 Wall Street.

Did you know you can take a Titanic Memorial Cruise? (Although it was fully booked by January 2012.)

The town of Cobh, in County Cork, Ireland, the Titanic's last port of call, is having a year-long commemoration & tribute to the Titanic - visit their website!

The Detroit area has a dinner & a musical planned.

Locally, the St. James Tearoom is offering a Titanic Tea (already sold out).

The anniversary will be marked on the internet in a variety of weird ways, including on Twitter (@TitanicRealTime) & currently an expedition to visit the wreck is available at a discount on Groupon.

Other websites of interest include the Titanic Heritage Trust & the Titanic Universe.

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