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The Titanic Survivors Book Club

Timothy Schaffert

Warwick’s presents
Timothy Schaffert
in conversation with Leslie Zemeckis

The Titanic Survivors Book Club

Saturday, April 13, 2024 - 12:00pm PDT

The Titanic Survivors Book Club
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Warwick's presents Timothy Schaffert as he discusses his new book, The Titanic Survivors Book Club, in conversation with Leslie ZemeckisTimothy Schaffert is the author of six previous novels: The Perfume Thief, The Swan Gondola, The Coffins of Little Hope, Devils in the Sugar Shop, The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God, and The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters. He is the Adele Hall Chair of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and coeditor of Zero Street, a literary fiction series of the University of Nebraska Press.

From the author of The Perfume Thief, a remarkable tale about the life-changing power of books and second chances, following the Titanic librarian who opens a bookshop in Paris where he meets a secret society of survivors.

For weeks after the sinking of the Titanic, Yorick spots his own name among the list of those lost at sea. As an apprentice librarian for the White Star Line, his job was to curate the ship's second-class library. But the day the Titanic set sail he was left stranded at the dock.

After the ship's sinking, Yorick takes this twist of fate as a sign to follow his lifelong dream of owning a bookshop in Paris. Soon after, he receives an invitation to a secret society of survivors where he encounters other ticket holders who didn't board the ship. Haunted by their good fortune, they decide to form a book society, where they can grapple with their own anxieties through heated discussions of The Awakening or The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Of this ragtag group, Yorick finds himself particularly drawn to the glamorous Zinnia and the mysterious Haze, and a tangled triangle of love and friendship forms among them. Yet with the Great War on the horizon and the unexpected death of one of their own, the surviving book club members are left wondering what fate might have in store.

Elegant and elegiac, The Titanic Survivors Book Club is a dazzling ode to love, chance, and the transformative power of books to bring people together.

Leslie Zemeckis is a bestselling author, actress, and award-winning documentarian. Critically acclaimed films include Behind the Burly Q, the award-winning Bound by Flesh, Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer and Grandes Horizontales which is streaming now. She has acted in film and television opposite Steve Carell, Tom Hanks, Richard Lawson, Colin Firth and Mickey Rourke.

Zemeckis is the author of three bestsellers, Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America, Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr and Feuding Fan Dancers: Faith Bacon, Sally Rand, and the Golden Age of the Showgirl, an SCIBA finalist for best biography of the year. She writes a monthly book column in the Montecito Journal and has contributed to Huffington Post, Medium, Talkhouse, W Magazine and Stork Magazine. She is the founder of “Stories Matter,” sponsored by Santa Barbara International Film Festival and ENTITY Magazine, with professional female authors mentoring the next generation of female storytellers. Her TedX talk was “Forgotten to Forever: Immortalizing Women Through Stories.” 

She was honored for her work inspiring women, in 2023 with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in part for “sharing and preserving stories of women who were once marginalized and stigmatized.” The Medal is officially recognized by both Houses of Congress and is one of our nation’s most prestigious awards. Past recipients include Presidents Clinton and Reagan, Elie Wiesel, Sen. John McCain and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The Titanic Survivors Book Club: A Novel By Timothy Schaffert Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385549158
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - April 2nd, 2024