A Rare Titanic Family by Julie Hedgepeth Williams

Birmingham author and Samford University professor appearing at the library
When Albert and Sylvia Caldwell decided to leave their mission work in Siam and return to the United States, they never dreamed that they were in for the journey of their lives. How could they ever imagine that the ship they would be traveling on, the Titanic would forever be known as one of the greatest disasters ever? Traveling with their 10-month-old son Alden, the Caldwells set out on the voyage that would not only change their lives, but history.
In A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival, Birmingham author Julie Hedgepeth Williams recounts the perilous journey of the Titanic, but also the events that led up to the Caldwells being on this infamous voyage. The author describes the stories her great-uncle Albert told her and does her own extensive research to piece together a harrowing account of survival, strength, and courage. In one gripping moment, Albert must decide whether or not to place his family on a lifeboat. This might seem like the easiest decision in the world, knowing what we know now about infamous night, but the passengers aboard the Titanic were told that this was a ship that even God himself couldn’t sink. Also, the circumstances of exactly how Albert ended up on a lifeboat, which was strictly reserved for women and children, are quite suspenseful. A Rare Titanic Family is not your ordinary Titanic book. Williams’ research reflects a new light on how the passengers on the Titanic must have felt during this traumatic experience, but also the mania that followed them after.
Ms. Williams will make an appearance at the Homewood Library on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 pm in the Large Auditorium. She will discuss in detail her book, her family, and other interesting information regarding the Titanic. A Rare Titanic Family will be available for purchase and Ms. Williams will also be signing copies. As a special treat, she will be dressed in period clothing!
For more information about this special appearance, please call 205-332-6600.
You can reserve A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival in the catalog. For more information about other appearances and other related events for A Rare Titanic Family, check out the book's Facebook Page.