An Evening at Astor Courts with John Maxtone-Graham, author of "Titanic Tragedy" - TICKET REQUIRED

Event date: 
Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Astor Courts
12572 Rhinebeck

Astor Courts

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On Thursday, May 17th, at 7:00pm, Oblong Books & Music will host a discussion and signing with historian John Maxtone-Graham, author of Titanic Tragedy: A New Look at the Lost Liner. This special event will be held at the historic Astor Courts. Tickets are $30 and include a copy of the book. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Upstate Films Digital Projection Fund.

The dean of ocean liner historians, John Maxtone-Graham has found in the Titanic an utterly absorbing, compelling, and heart-breaking topic. He has spent his life studying and lecturing aboard ships, and his unique ocean-faring savvy gives him the perfect credentials to evaluate every voyage, whether transcendent or tragic. In his new book, Titanic Tragedy: A New Look at the Lost Liner, he turns his formidable expertise to recounting the ramifications of the terrible night that Titanic sank into the Atlantic, transfixing us with the details of history's most famous truncated maiden voyage. 

John Maxtone-Graham is the author of The Only Way to Cross, which has been in print for almost forty years. He lives in New York City when not lecturing aboard ocean liners and cruise ships.

About the venue: Astor Courts, once called The Ferncliff Casino, was constructed for John Jacob Astor IV and his wife, Ava, between 1902 and 1904. A Beaux Arts building, it was one of the last buildings designed by the famous American architect, Stanford White. Mr. Astor, who divorced Ava in 1909, married the much younger Madeleine Talmadge Force in September of 1911. It was on their return from a extended honeymoon in Europe in April 1912 that Mr. Astor's untimely death occurred with the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. The building and its accompanying property is being restored to its original floorplan and decorative detail by the present owners. Learn more about this historic home at the Astor Courts website.