Titanic survivors' granddaughter signs book on anniversary of sinking
Helen Behr Sanford will sign copies of her book, "Starboard at Midnight," at Elm Street Books on Saturday, April 14, from noon to 2:30 p.m. The signing takes place exactly 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic, which her grandparents survived.
The book is a biographical novel about Karl and Helen Behr's survival and how that disaster changed their lives. Based on the unpublished memoir of Karl Behr, this is a tale of adventure and romance in a time of crisis.
Sanford plumbs the depths of her grandfather's guilt at being one of the few survivors of the Titanic as she brings to life the period beginning with the 20th century
that remains the foundation of modern United States history.
Behr became a prominent leader to whom Theodore Roosevelt turned for guidance during the Great War. His remarkable life included Brooklyn gang wars during his childhood, mining for silver in Mexico and his business concerns. Nationally ranked in the top 10 in the tennis world, he played for the Davis Cup and was instrumental in bringing the national championships from Newport to New York. The story reaches its climax in Karl's romantic pursuit of his sweetheart, Helen Newsom, aboard the Titanic on its maiden, fatal voyage.
Sanford grew up in Princeton, N.J., and graduated from Wheaton College with post-graduate work in literature at New York University, the Bread Loaf Writer's School, Cambridge University (England) where she studied under Tom Stoppard and Princeton University where she studied with the late Theodore Weiss.
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She will attend an event-packed recreation of the Titanic's last dinner, which the Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan is hosting Saturday. A portion of the proceeds from tickets will benefit the Red Cross, which aided Titanic survivors and the victims' families and today continues to aid victims of disasters.
To preorder a book, call Elm Street Books at 203-966-4545.