Author’s Luncheon

Surviving-Savannah-Patti-CallahanThe Junior League of Lancaster
Proudly Presents New York Times
Bestselling Author and Podcast Host

Patti Callahan

Friday, October 8, 2021
Program starts at noon
Doors open at 11 AM
Bent Creek Country Club

It was called “The Titanic of the South.” The luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah’s elite on board; through time, their fates were forgotten—until the wreck was found, and now their story is finally being told in this breathtaking novel.

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 Dawson, 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.

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sixteen novels and podcast host. She is 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. Patti is also a contributor to the weekly life lesson essay column for Parade Magazine. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.


Tickets are $75 per person and include lunch, a novel by Patti Callahan, and the speaker’s event.

Lunch Options:

  • Salmon Spinach Salad
  • Chicken Cobb
  • Vegetarian Pasta Primavera

All lunches are served with potato soup and a dessert.

Novel choices include:

  • Becoming Mrs. Lewis
  • The Favorite Daughter

Tables can accommodate up to 8 people.

Please email us with questions or help with ticket purchases.

All proceeds benefit projects and services of the Junior League of Lancaster.