It was called “The Titanic of the South.” The luxury steamship sank in 1838 with the elite on board; through time, their fates were forgotten–until the wreck was found, and now their story is finally being told…
We are thrilled to announce the return of our popular Literary Tea Adventures, featuring New York Times and international bestselling author Patti Callahan! Please join us for a decadent afternoon tea at the historic Westgate Hotel. Over books, bubbly, and delectable tea treats like dainty sandwiches, scones, and seasonal berries, you will enjoy an afternoon presentation by Patti as she discusses her novel, Surviving Savannah.
Your Adventure includes an elegant tea in the historic heart of San Diego, book discussion, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in an intimate and luxurious setting. Seating is limited due to current COVID restrictions, so you will want to register soon to guarantee a seat.
Books will be available for purchase and signing during the tea, or pre-order your paperback copy of Surviving Savannah and your hardcover copy of Once Upon A Wardrobe below for delivery and signing at the event.
Registration for this Literary Tea Adventure is ONLY available through the Westgate Hotel. Please register* HERE.
* If you have problems registering for this event, please call McKenna Wecker at 619-238-1818. *
The shopping cart below is to pre-order a signed paperback copy of Surviving Savannah and/or a hardcover copy of Once Upon a Wardrobe (to be delivered at the event for signing) only and will not register you for the tea.
Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels and 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, as well as a contributor to the weekly life lesson essay column for Parade Magazine.
Growing up in Philadelphia as the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Patti learned early the value of storytelling. At the age of twelve, her family moved to South Florida where Patti found the sanctuary of libraries and began her slow but steady journey into understanding the power of story to navigate confusing times in life. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.
Her latest novel, Surviving Savannah, is a compelling story of survival about the “Titanic of the South.” 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 a 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 eleven who boarded the Pulaski together, and the extraordinary stories of two women from this family: a known survivor, Augusta Longstreet, and her niece, Lilly Forsyth, who was never found, along with her child. These aristocratic women were part of Savannah’s society, but when the ship exploded, each was faced with difficult and heartbreaking decisions. This is a moving and powerful exploration of what women will do to endure in the face of tragedy, the role fate plays, and the myriad ways we survive the surviving.