Short Bio

BIOGRAPHY (suitable for reading aloud as is)

Pierette Simpson is an award-winning, best-selling author, and speaker with a very unique story. Nine-year-old Pierette was immigrating to the New World from northern Italy, along with her grandparents when her ship, the Andrea Doria, was struck at full speed by the Swedish liner Stockholm.  The scenario was not unlike the Titanic. With her “eloquent” and “inspirational” style, Pierette reveals her family’s personal struggle to survive the most catastrophic sea collision in history. Her eye-witness account is meticulously retold in ALIVE ON THE ANDREA DORIA! THE GREATEST SEA RESCUE IN HISTORY.

And now, Ms.  Simpson  shares her experience and that of others  in her new novel, I Was Shipwrecked on the Andrea Doria! The Titanic of the 1950s. It sprang from her desire to inspire a new generation of marine scientists.

Ms. Simpson’s books have been featured on international, national, and local media.

Audiences: Ms. Simpson’s venues range from keynote speaker for the American Library Association Annual Conference, the prestigious Explorers Club of Manhattan, Ameriprise Financial Services, maritime organizations, libraries, schools, and universities.

Professional Awards: Pierette’s professional awards include “Michigan, Foreign Language Teacher of the Year”, “Farmington Public Schools Teachers Hall of Fame”, “Piemontese of the World” (from Italy,) and “The Collegian Award” from Wayne State University.

In “her former life”, Pierette taught foreign languages for 37 years. She also performed the violin with local symphony orchestras and chamber groups.

Let us welcome, Pierette Simpson.


Please read this AFTER the  Presentation:

Ms. Simpson has brought a limited number of books for dedications. For this event, she is discounting her books and not charging any sales tax. She is ________________ (location of signing). Thank you!