Dr. June Hall McCash will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 in the Reading Room of Linebaugh Library, where she will speak about her latest non-fiction work, "A Titanic Love Story: Ida and Isidor Straus."
This book traces the life of Isidor and Ida Straus, both German Jewish immigrants who arrived as children in America in the early 1850s.
Isidor s father, Lazarus, was an itinerate peddler in Georgia, but within one generation the family became the wealthy owners of Macy’s Department Store in New York.
"A Titanic Love Story" follows the Strauses life from Talbotton, Ga., where an anti-Semitic incident caused them to move to nearby Columbus.
The devastation of Columbus at the end of the Civil War brought the family to New York, where Isidor met and eventually married the young Ida Blun. The public outpouring of grief at their deaths, even by today’s standards of over-the-top journalism, was remarkable.
McCash is the author, co-author, or editor of ten books (two historical novels and eight nonfiction works) and numerous articles.
Her novel, "Plum Orchard," recently won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for best novel. Her first novel, Almost to Eden, also won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for first novel in 2011. She is the recipient of eight other literary awards for fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. She has spoken to many historical, museum, library, book club, and university groups throughout the United States and abroad.
She has appeared in three film documentaries and on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
This event is free and open to the public. The author will have copies of several of her works available for purchase and signing.
Linebaugh Public Library is located at 105 W. Vine St. in Murfreesboro.
For more information, call 615-893-4131 or visit www.linebaugh.org.