Thank you for such an informative and interesting talk last night at the Friends of the Plymouth District Library Annual Meeting. The audience was completely wowed (including me)! Even though I had already read the book, I was fascinated by hearing you tell the story. Ela Rybicka from Schoolcraft College had told me that the audience would be positively mesmerized by you and she was absolutely right… Perhaps the highest praise came from one otherwise grumpy gentleman, whom I’ve never heard give anyone a compliment, who thanked me for booking such a great speaker! You exceeded our already high expectations for entertainment and education.
~~~ Deborah Tarachuk, Librarian, Plymouth District Library (Michigan)
The ultimate author experience occurred in March, 2008 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. Ms. Pierette Domenica Simpson visited Pageturners, our college book club, and interacted with over 150 members of the audience. We were all impressed with her captivating presentation style, her warmth, and her sincere interest in our students. Ms. Simpson took us on the unforgettable Andrea Doria voyage, bringing text to life with deep insight, profound honesty, and clarity of thought. I, along with the rest of audience, was riveted by the account of her experience. Our students, faculty, and staff are still talking about her visit. Ms. Simpson, thank you for coming to our college. Elzbieta Rybicka,
~~~ Pageturners Coordinator, Assistant Professor, English, Schoolcraft College
Thank you for your wonderful lecture! It was enthralling and everyone that attended sat spell-bound to their seats as you told your amazing story…everyone loved you! Your presentation was emotional and from the heart but it was also extraordinarily informative. I’ve heard much of the story of the Andrea Doria, but never in such a riveting and exciting way. Rarely do I hear people talking about a lecture with such excitement as I heard people talking about yours. It made me very proud to have met you. Please know that you always have a home and many, many fans at the Explorers Club.”
~~~ Will Roseman, Co-chairman “Sea Stories”, Explorers Club of Manhattan
Outstanding presentation! Pierette’s explicit recount of that horrifying night and her determination to survive, gave the audience a bone chilling, hair raising experience that will not be forgotten.
~~~ Ronald A. DiBartolomeo President, Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan
…in awe… as someone interested in the Doria, I’m impressed at your eloquent and fascinating testimonial to that event.
~~~ Chuck Moss, State Representative
Pierette Simpson is a dynamic, engaging speaker… Even though she addressed a large group, her tone and the information she shared made us feel as if each of us were having a casual conversation with an old friend. At times she spoke with the wide-eyed wonder of the child she was during the tragedy, other times she moved to the adult researcher-author and offered us an objective perspective of what had happened. She told us about her maritime research and the recognition and accolades she has received with genuine humility—she saw a need for the research and did it. Following her presentation many of our members commented that this was the very best program ever.
~~~ Donna Grant Vice-president, Suburban Association of Retired School Personnel
Many of our audiences appreciate first hand stories of drama or adventure, and Ms. Simpson gave a highly entertaining presentation of her experience on the Andrea Doria. She told her story with spirit and animation that captured our audience. It was one of our most successful programs with many favorable comments from those in attendance. We would be delighted to have her back in the future.
~~~ Norm and Evelyn Young, Program Chairmen, Friends of the Novi Library
This fourth time we crossed paths, she [Pierette] was speaking to my audience and I knew by then how to accurately introduce her. I said “she was a raconteur who could make a routine walk around the block an exciting adventure”. As I accurately predicted, the audience loved her talk. They had to be forced to leave the library because it was past closing time. Again I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Pierette’s story a third time.
~~~ Les Schonberg, Lecture Series Planner, West Bloomfield Public Library
… thank you for presenting a spellbinding program that had your audience riveted throughout your presentation…Your presentation was indeed one of the best in our series and we will remember the first hand knowledge of the sinking of the Andrea Doria.
~~~ Shirley Haynes, Senior Women’s Club of Birmingham