Titanic Museum Attraction to host first annual Titanic Authors’ Week April 1-7 in Pigeon Forge

World renowned authors of best-selling Titanic-themed books to be featured in Titanic outdoor book fair

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.--()--For the first time, 10 celebrated authors of Titanic historical books and novels will make their public appearances together on Monday, April 1 through Sunday, April 7 from 10am – 5pm at the Titanic Museum Attraction’s First annual Titanic Authors’ Week in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., announces Titanic Museum Attraction’s co-owner, Mary Kellogg-Joslyn.

There have been hundreds of Titanic books written about the legendary ship - books written from every possible perspective. Now, all Titanic fans and followers will have the opportunity to meet and interact with authors of many of these remarkable books during this unprecedented, six day book signing event.

This free book signing fair will be held outside in the parking lot of the museum attraction. Each author will have his or her own tented reception area where visitors can engage him or her in their favorite subject – Titanic. Photos with the authors can be taken during book signings. Titanic books purchased at the fair will entitle the buyer to discounted admittance to the Titanic Museum Attraction, where this year, they’ll Discover the Children of Titanic, an amazing new gallery dedicated entirely to Titanic’s smallest heroes.

“We know that Titanic books are the biggest selling items in our gift shop. Grown-ups and children alike are drawn to them. Perhaps, because the written word can stir emotion and imagination unlike anything else,” says Kellogg-Joslyn. “Each book, in its own way, is a chronicle of faith, heroism, sacrifice and survival. They line the shelves of libraries and private homes around the world, and we’re proud to be one of the largest repositories of Titanic books, anywhere. So, bookmark the date, Monday, April 1 through Sunday, April 7, and plan to join us. I hope you do.”

Additional information about Authors’ Week and other special events at the Titanic Museum Attraction can be found online at www.titanicattraction.com. Tickets are not required for the book signing fair, but are needed for tours of the attraction. The Titanic Museum Attraction opens daily at 9 a.m. in Pigeon Forge. Reservations for museum tours are strongly suggested since many days sell out entirely. Passengers may purchase tickets online at www.titanicattraction.com or by phone at (800) 381-7670.

Titanic Museum Attraction: Cedar Bay Entertainment, LLC owns and operates the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. A privately owned-and-operated entertainment and development company, Cedar Bay is headquartered in Branson, Missouri, the site of its first Titanic Museum Attraction. Since its opening in 2006, Titanic Branson has welcomed more than five million “passengers” aboard the museum. Titanic Pigeon Forge opened in 2010 and has already welcomed two million visitors. For additional information about the museums, visit www.titanicattraction.com or call (800) 381-7670.

Media Note: We could be adding more authors to this already impressive list, but below is a listing of authors that will be in attendance as of February 12, 2013.

Titanic Museum Attraction/ Authors Week – April 1-7, 2013 – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.








Lee W. Merideth

(April 1-7)

1912 Facts about Titanic and an updated companion book, Titanic Names: A Complete List of the Passengers and Crew, (Titanic Centennial Edition.)

Both books explore fascinating lesser-known facts about the ship, from her creation, the passengers, crew, the sinking, and her discovery and salvage operations. After 100 years, significant questions remain. Answers to these and hundreds of other obscure facts are presented in these two, easy-to-ready volumes.

Lee Merideth is a long-time Titanic historian and the author of several Civil War reference books.


Bruce M. Caplan

(April 1-7)

The Sinking of the Titanic -1912 Survivor Accounts.

Logan Marshall’s original 1912 classic, abridged and edited by Bruce M. Caplan.

Also available on CD

Logan Marshall interviewed the survivors in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. Their raw testimonies fill the pages of this book with unflinching honesty and drama. It is well establish in Titanic literary circles as “the must have book” in every Titanic enthusiast’s library.


Bruce M. Caplan took the original work and edited and abridged the book to include new information. Today, he is much sought-after public speaker and is considered a premier Titanic expert. Business man and author, Caplan resides in Washington state with his wife Esther.


Ken Rossignol

(April 1-7)

Titanic 1912 – The Original News Stories


News gathering in 1912, not unlike today, often jumped-the-gun before all of the facts were known. Titanic 1912 takes a hard look at the original newspaper coverage of the disaster and sorts out the true facts from the gross exaggerations that appeared in newspapers, worldwide. This book provides a unique look-back into 1912 news reporting by a renowned, 21st century journalist.


Ken Rossignol has been devoting full time to writing and is a sought-after, international maritime history speaker after covering hard news for 22 years.


Tammy S. Knox

(April 1-7)

Trapped on the Titanic


Trapped on the Titanic is a work of children’s historical fiction set in 2012 but hauntingly played out in 1912 aboard Titanic. This mystery thriller begins when Callie, an impressionable eight-grader, visits a Titanic museum attraction and is suddenly engulfed in a scary 100-year-old mystery. An old photograph of a crying young girl (who looks exactly like Callie) triggers the action that exposes family secrets, spooky encounters, ghosts of her family’s past and espionage.


Tammy S. Knox grew up with a vivid imagination and developed a love of history and writing early on. The characters and events of her stories are drawn from her family, world travel experiences and a deep curiosity of the world around her. Knox is a married stay-at-home mom and home-schools her daughters.


June Hall McCash

(April 1-7)

A Titanic Love Story


A Titanic Love Story traces the life of Isidor and Ida Straus, both German and Jewish immigrants, Civil War survivors and wealthy owners of Macy’s Department Store in New York City. The two were soul mates who were committed to the welfare of their family, their city, their country and to those less fortunate than themselves. They were inseparable, even when faced with certain death aboard Titanic. The historical significance of their lives illuminates the pages of this new biographical study.


June Hall McCash is the author, co-author, or editor of nonfiction works and a historical novel, for which she won the 2011 Georgia Author of the Year Award. She divides her time between Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Jekyll Island, Georgia.


Daniel Allen Butler

(April 1-7)

The Other Side of the Night & Unsinkable


Two Titanic books that explore the epic story from dramatically different perspectives.


The Other Side of the Night – The Carpathia, the Californian, and the Night Titanic Was Lost. While Titanic was sinking, there was another amazing drama being played out on the decks of two other ships, one 58 miles distant from Titanic, the other barely 10 miles away. Captains on both ships knew Titanic was doomed but only one would take his ship into dangerous waters to answer the call for help, while the other would decide the risk was too great, and sailed away. This book reveals what actually happened aboard the Titanic, the Carpathia and the Californian.


Unsinkable – The Full Story of the RMS Titanic explores every facet of the Titanic’s history, from her conception to her fateful collision to salvage attempts. The author presents a contemporary view of the crew and the passengers aboard, providing a fresh look at this incredible story. “The best treatment of the unlucky liner’s saga since Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember.” - Washington Times


Daniel Allen Butler brings more than 30 years of research to shed new light on the tragedy. His is a military historian and internationally recognize authority on maritime subjects. He lives in Los Angeles.


Yvonne Lehman

(April 1-7)

Hearts That Survive


Hearts That Survive is a Titanic love story that spans generations. It’s the tangled tale of a young railroad heiress and a toy train maker who take their wedding vows at sea on Titanic’s Grand Staircase. In their quest for happiness, their love affair goes beyond the barriers of 1912 society - and there’s a price to pay. On the night of the sinking, their fate was in the hands of God as they clung to the hope that their love was more powerful than pain and loss.


Yvonne Lehman is the award-winning author of 48 novels including mainstream, inspirational romance. She is founder of the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference.


Julie Hedgepeth Williams

(Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7)

A Rare TITANIC Family

The Caldwell Story of Survival


This is the dramatic true story of Titanic survivors, Albert and Sylvia Caldwell as told to Julie Williams by her great-uncle, Albert Caldwell.


On the day of their wedding in 1909, Albert and Sylvia, idealistic young Presbyterian missionaries from the American Midwest, set out to Siam (now Thailand), eager to serve God and see the world – but things changed and in 1912 they left Siam with their 10-month-old son, Alden. Their adventures back to the States had stretched half-way around the world by the time they reached Titanic. Five days later their faith was tested as never before.


Julie Williams – After working as a journalist in North Caroline, she received a master’s and PhD from the University of Alabama and is the past president of the American Journalism Historians Association. She and her husband, Evan have two sons.


Allan Wolf

(April 1 & 2 ONLY)

The Watch that Ends the Night

Voices from the TITANIC


On Sunday, April 14, 1912 the RMS Titanic, the largest and most luxurious ship in the world is 1,400 miles out to sea. More than 2,000 men, women and children are on board, each with a story to tell. The voices in this unique recreation of the disaster span classes and stations, from first-class millionaire John Jacob Astor to Margaret (“the unsinkable Molly”) Brown to Captain E.J. Smith; from the lookout and wireless men to a young boy in search of dragons and a gambler in search of fools with money to lose. This fascinating novel offers a breathtaking, intimate look into the lives of passengers and crew, told with astounding emotional power.


Allan Wolf, an expert poet and storyteller is the author of the award-winning New Found Land: Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discovery and the young adult novel Zane’s Trace. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.




Luke Copas

(April 1 – 3/NOON to 4pm)

Facts for Kids About the Titanic


In 2010, nine-year-old Luke Copas of Kodak, Tennessee, presented a small manuscript he had written about the RMS Titanic to Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, co-owner of the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It was a child’s encyclopedia of all things Titanic, drawn from research, reality and a boy’s vivid imagination. “He has an amazing talent,” Kellogg-Joslyn said. Unbeknownst to him, she made a few calls and landed him a book deal!


Luke Copas was a fourth grader at Northern Primary School in Kodak, Tenn. when he assembled his carefully researched notes and wrote a book about Titanic for a child authors’ conference. One year later, his book was published. The positive response has encouraged young Luke (now 11-years-old) to pursue a writing career.




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Titanic Museum Attraction
Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, 865-868-1197

Release Summary

For the first time, celebrated authors of Titanic historical books and novels will make public appearances together on April 1-7 at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.


Titanic Museum Attraction
Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, 865-868-1197