Please join Octavia Books for a special evening with #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction Erik Larson when he presents DEAD WAKE: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.
The event will take place at the JCC (5342 St. Charles Ave.) on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM). To attend, you must purchase a ticket from Octavia Books.
Tickets are required. Each ticket admits one person and will be exchanged at the event for a signed, just-released paperback edition of DEAD WAKE. (You get to meet Erik Laron in person while he signs your book following his presentation.)
As space is limited, we strongly recommend that you purchase your ticket now. You may purchase tickets online by clicking here. Or you may purchase them by coming to Octavia Books or calling us during store hours at 504-899-READ (7323).
ABOUT THE BOOK
On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But theLusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.
Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.
It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love.
Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
ERIK LARSON is the author of four national bestsellers: In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac’s Storm, which have collectively sold more than 5.5 million copies. His books have been published in fourteen countries.
Click Add to cart above to pre-order your ticket(s) now. Tickets will be exchanged at the event for admission and a signed copy of the just released paperback edition of DEAD WAKE. Only books purchased through Octavia Books will be signed.
Please pick up tickets in advance if possible at Octavia Books. Or we will hold them for you to pick up on the evening of the event at the JCC.
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