Has your Titanic collection been run aground by patron demand? You can keep your inventory afloat by adding an up-close and personal account written by a shipwreck survivor.
Among a deluge of requests to carry new publications, you are undoubtedly seeking a good rationale to develop your collection. I hope this letter will be of assistance in making a decision.
The seed for my 2nd publication came when my friend Bill Garzke came to Michigan to collaborate on our annual presentation at U of M’s School of Naval Architecture. Bill is the national chairman of marine forensics for the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in DC who appointed me to be a fellow member. Bill, a distinguished author on the Titanic and other shipwrecks expressed his concern in the future of marine forensics. “Do you know that the average age of a naval architect is 43 years old and inching upward? We need to change this!”
Promising to do what I could, I came up with the idea of a novel, I Was Shipwrecked on the Andrea Doria! The Titanic of the 1950s. It is written expressly to inspire a new generation of marine scientists, while educating and entertaining the reader. The ultimate goal is preventing another shipwreck like the one I survived.
Bill later invited me to launch my book at the First International Marine Forensics Symposium in DC. My local release took place at Mariners Church in Detroit on April 15 in honor of the Titanic’s 100th anniversary.
For more concise details, take a look below and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you and good luck with all your acquisitions.
I Was Shipwrecked on the Andrea Doria! The Titanic of the 1950s
The novel’s distinctive features:
· Featured in author interviews on WWJ, and cited in the NY Times, WGN, WLW, CBS, WXYZ, WJIMA, WDIV, WDYM, and the Italian Tribune in April, 2012. http://www.pierettesimpson.com/press/costa-will concordia/
· Received Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival for general excellence, the author’s ability to tell a good story, potential to reach a wider audience. (Teenage category)
· Received a positive Kirkus Review (see below)
· Written by an Andrea Doria shipwreck survivor, and published author on the topic. (Alive on the Andrea Doria! The Greatest Sea Rescue in History)
· Book reviewed by the chairman of national marine forensics for the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
· Edited by two naval architects for scientific accuracy
· Appropriate for use in science, history, andimmigration classes
· Written to inspire future generation of marine scientists.
· Appropriate for readers ages nine through adult
· Based on real events and characters
· Website will have instructional support materials: www.IWasShipwreckedontheAndreaDoria.com
· The author is a professional speaker and available for presentations: http://www.pierettesimpson.com/speaking-events/
Facts in Brief
Publication date: April 5 and 15th, 2012 (national and local releases)
List Price: $9.99*and $6.97 for print and digital versions respectively
Specs: 8.5” x 5.5″, 231 pages
ISBN: 98507760–0–0 for print and 9780985077617 for digital version
Wholesale Orders: Ingram, Lightning Source
Publisher: Brio Publications
Includes photos, diagrams, map, and drawings
Contact: Pierette Simpson, 248 349-8557, Pierette@pierettesimpson.com for ordering information/questions
*Buy two or more from the author and pay only $7.00 after the first copy.
I Was Shipwrecked on the Andrea Doria! The Titanic of the 1950s
A novel by Pierette Domenica Simpson
On July 25, 1956, after nine days of blissful travel, passengers on the Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria are hurled into a struggle for survival. As the murky fog lifts on the black Atlantic, the sea becomes a mirror in which passengers stare at death in the face. Their destinies are literally suspended on a rope—and in the hands of their fellow passengers and crew.
Written by a survivor of the catastrophic Andrea Doria-Stockholm collision, the novel is an up close and personal anatomy of a shipwreck on the Atlantic Ocean on July 25, 1956.
Frightful premonitions, excerpts from Moby Dick, discussions on the Titanic, and a terrible sea storm, prepare the reader for the inevitable. Ultimately, the story is that of the “greatest sea rescue in history”.
New Release, currently available from the author
$9.99, plus shipping(discounts for orders over 20)
“Simpson’s telling is a well-paced account of the ship’s decline and the families the catastrophe affected. Her female perspective helps mold a heartily compelling tale…A pleasant voyage for anyone seeking a personal history of the ocean liner.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This story could only be told through the sensibilities of a survivor. It’s so compelling that it could be made into a movie. Yet, Ms. Simpson took measures to preserve scientific, engineering, and historical accuracy.”—William H. Garzke, Jr. Chairman of the Marine Forensics Committee, The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
A fascinating and cinematic novel about one of history’s greatest maritime rescues. Author and survivor, PieretteSimpson, reconstructs a suspenseful path to the actual collision that is beyond haunting— it’s chilling! Yet, through 9-year-old Piera and her grandparents we relive a story of courage and survival. A book sure to inspire young readers toward maritime science.”—Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray
Love the book- awesome. I just couldn’t put it down and kept on reading. Love the chapter set up between different viewpoints. My kids will read it. I am going to ask about putting a copy inNovi Middle School library—Tammy Latham, engineer, academic mentor, mother of three: 12, 14, 16.
About the Author:
Ms. Simpson became the first shipwreck survivor to give a complete human and scientific account of her own shipwreck with her book, Alive the Andrea Doria! The Greatest Sea Rescued in History. The author is a member of the national marine forensics committee of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. The chairman of marine forensics endorsed her first publication for shipwreck research.
Ms. Simpson frequently speaks about shipwreck survival to local and international groups, including a keynote speech at the ALA National Conference, Chicago, 2010.She has been featured in the New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning, WGN TV and radio, WXYZ and CBS
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For the author’s media interviews: http://www.pierettesimpson.com/press/.
By the same author, award-winning and best-selling:
ALIVE ON THE ANDREA DORIA!THE GREATEST SEA RESCUE IN HISTORY
Featured on “CBS Sunday Morning” with Charles Osgood
On July 25, 1956, the catastrophic ramming of the Stockholm into Italy’s crown jewel, the luxury liner Andrea Doria, sent shock waves around the world.
The author/survivor sensitively and scientifically recreates the human and scientific details of her shipwreck—which could have been another Titanic.
ISBN: 978 –1– 60037–460–9 (Paperback)
978-1-60037-655-9 (audio CD)
978 –1–60037–461—6 (Hardcover)
Available thru Ingram, Baker and Taylor
At the ALA annual conference, I had the wonderful opportunity of hearing Pierette Simpson relate firsthand the story of the collision, rescue and sinking of the Andrea Doria in 1956. Both her story and her presentation had me enthralled!
The heart of the story reveals personal details of immigration, survival, and overcoming hardships. The technical explanationsshow the importance of historical research and documentation: Ms. Simpson’s new data vindicated the Andrea Doria crew and an entire maritime industry, thereby bringing clarity and justice to this most controversial sea disaster.
I believe that her book, Alive on the Andrea Doria! The Greatest Sea Recue in History belongs on the shelves of every library – public, academic, and high school. — Sally Garner Reed, Executive Director ALTAFF, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Finally, a riveting first-hand account of the sinking of the Andrea Doria. Pierette Simpson’s heartfelt, engaging prose and her insight make the reader marvel at the depth of her research and her knack for expressinghuman emotion with the written word. A real pleasure to read!” —Kevin McMurray: diver, New York Times journalist, author of Dark Descent and Deep Descent
I am recommending that anyone investigating a ship loss should read your book. This is just how good it is, Pierette. I particularly was impressed on how you selectively followed up on some of the survivors and showed just how this tragedy affected them in their laterlives….Those who have read it agree that it is a very good factual account of what happened. — William Garzke, chairman of the Marine Forensics Panel SD-7, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
There are few people in the world I regret never having met.This author is, in many ways, a kindred spirit and one I would like to meet. Perhaps one day! … Rarely, if ever, have I read such a complete account of the loss of any single ship and we students of shipwreck should be grateful that such a complete and honest account was finally published. —Ned Middleton, British professional underwater photo- journalist, author, retired sea captain
Scheduled for nationwide release on the 50th anniversary of the tragedy is a survivor’s tale that is the ultimate page-turner. Alive on the Andrea Doria! reads like a real-life version of the suspense-packed novel/film The Poseidon Adventure. Switch Poseidon’s locations, era and give fictitious characters real names and you have the makings of a first-class read from cover to cover. —Sea Classics, Maritime Journal
“Befitting the fiftieth anniversary of the collision, this book details with irrefutable scientific evidence what caused the tragedy, challenging all previous theories. This thrilling tale of survival and intrigue follows the unjust fate of Captain Calamai so that we realize how the twisted bow of the damaged Stockholm symbolizes the twist of fate that befell Calamai and the Italian maritime industry. Alive on the Andrea Doria! will set the historical record straight at last. —Germaine Strobel, Andrea Doria survivor
Testimonials for Audio CD Book:
Pierette’s poignant narration of a nine-year-old girl surviving a catastrophe is even more compelling than reading her words on the pages of her book– and that’s saying a lot! Her expressive voice invokes vivid memories of my personal experience on that terrible night. I’m honored to be included in her books.
—Mike Stoller, of Leiber & Stoller, legendary songwriters, co-author of the book, Hound Dog
I have listened to the audio book with great admiration. It is very difficult for a survivor of a ship sinking to recount that experience later in life—whether in the printed word or orally. Pierette is to be congratulated for recounting not only her experience but, extraordinarily, that of other survivors. The listener is treated to words done in the native tongue of the survivor. Having been a language teacher has greatly assisted the author inthis endeavor; we are treated to the Andrea Doria and Ile de France pronounced correctly in their native tongue. Emotions of the individuals are also captured and clearly felt. Pierette Simpson has created a masterpiece in recounting a tragic episode in history.—William Garzke, national chairman, marine forensics panel, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
The CD was a delight to listen to. I felt transported back in time onto the Andrea Doria. Pierette Simpson’s use of actual survivor voices made the stories more believable than reading them in print. I especially enjoyed the author’s replication of her childhood voice, and that of her grandmother’s in broken English, complete with an Italian accent. It authenticated the journey back to the past.—Marjorie Nanian, attorney and assistant professor of political science, Schoolcraft College, MI