The 100th Anniversary of Titanic’s maiden voyage and her sinking is this week. The great ship has captured imaginations the world over, so there is a large variety of material inspired by the voyage.
Here are a few resources to help you explore Titanic:
Titanic Nonfiction – As our scientific knowledge grows, more books and documentaries come out with new insights into what happened aboard the Titanic.
Titanic Fiction – A great deal of adult and children’s fiction has been inspired by the Titanic. If you’re looking to capture something beyond the scientific facts, fiction can often help us find an emotional truth behind an event.
Being able to visualize an event can often make it more “real” and bring us into the experience. Though James Cameron’s Titanic is certainly a beautiful epic, A Night to Remember is actually my favorite film about Titanic’s first and last voyage. It is a lovely, black and white film that, for me, really captures the enormity of the tragedy on board the Titanic. It moves me every time I see it. Reading the book, A Night to Remember, is also quite a wonderful, cathartic experience. We have many different editions, as the book was originally published in 1955.
Lastly, if you have a chance to come in to the Central library, you will find the original Congressional Hearings on the sinking of the ship on the 6th floor in Government Information. The first-hand accounts of survivors from the hearings are very compelling, even 100 years later.