Timothy Schaffert will sign "The Titanic Survivors Book Club"

What: Timothy Schaffert will discuss and sign The Titanic Survivors Book Club

When: Sunday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m.

Where: The Bookworm, 2501 So. 90th St., Ste. 111

About: Timothy Schaffert, UNL Director of Creative Writing and author of The Perfume Thief, will read, discuss and sign his new novel, 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.

Timothy Schaffert is the author of six previous novels: The Perfume ThiefThe Swan GondolaThe Coffins of Little HopeDevils in the Sugar ShopThe 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.

Event date: 

Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 2:00pm
The Titanic Survivors Book Club: A Novel By Timothy Schaffert Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385549158
Availability: On our shelves as of last inventory update.
Published: Doubleday - April 2nd, 2024

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