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Best-selling author Patti Callahan brings mystery to Georgia Writers Museum

December 31, 2021 - 00:00
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Surviving Savannah is a novel about love, tragedy, and “how to survive the surviving.”

The book’s author, Patti Callahan, will present at the “Meet the Author” event live at Georgia Writers Museum Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at 11:30 a.m., complete with a brunch of waffle charcuterie boards and mimosa bar. Tickets are $45 per person ($40 each for more than one person). Doors open at 11 a.m.

While Callahan has written 16 novels, this is her second historical novel. The first was the best-selling Becoming Mrs. Lewis, which explores the life of C.S. Lewis’ wife, Joy. Here is a taste of her newest tale.

It was called “The Titanic of the South.” The luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah’s elite on board; through time, their fates were forgotten until the wreck was found, and now their story is finally being told in this breathtaking novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis.

When Savannah history professor Everly Winthrop is asked to guest-curate a new museum collection focusing on artifacts recovered from the steamship Pulaski, she’s shocked. The ship sank after an accidental boiler explosion in 1838, and the wreckage was just discovered, 180 years later. Everly can’t resist the opportunity to try to solve some of the mysteries and myths surrounding the devastating night of its sinking.

Everly’s research leads her to the astounding history of a family of 11 who boarded the Pulaski together, and the extraordinary stories of two women from this family--a known survivor, Augusta Longstreet, and her niece, Lilly Dawson, who was never found, along with her child. These aristocratic women were part of Savannah society, but when the ship exploded, each was faced with difficult and heartbreaking decisions.

Patti Callahan is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sixteen novels and a podcast host. She is the recipient of The Christy Award — A 2019 Winner “Book of the Year;” The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. Additionally, she was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, an Indie Next Pick, and an OKRA pick.

Tickets to this intriguing and fun event can be obtained by calling Georgia Writers Museum or visiting

Georgia Writers Museum is dedicated to inspiring today’s writers and readers, and celebrating Georgia’s literary heritage by exploring the history and life stories of local writers including Alice Walker (The Color Purple), Flannery O’Connor (A Good Man is Hard to Find), and Joel Chandler Harris (Brer Rabbit Folktales), as well as others in the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. Admission to the museum is free; the museum relies on donations from guests and supporters to deliver quality programming, exhibits and classes. To learn more, visit www. georgiawritersmuseum. org, Facebook: georgiawritersmuseum, and Instagram: georgiawritersmuseum8.

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