Come Hear Me Speak!

The following list shows places I'm speaking, although some are for private groups or clubs.  If you know someone in one of the clubs, you can probably ask about being a guest.  Keep watching for updates!  I'll also post updates as they come up on the page "A Rare Titanic Family" on Facebook.  In the following list, speeches in Bold are for A Rare Titanic Family.  Speeches in Italics are for my book Wings of Opportunity:  The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910.

I also appear as Sylvia Caldwell, who tells the Titanic story as though it's summer, 1912.  This 50-minute one-woman show was developed for the Florida Chautauqua and has been shown in many other venues as well.  I have to admit, it's a LOT of fun.  Ask me about it!  (That's me in costume as Sylvia, at left.)  NOTE:  I appear in costume at both types of Titanic shows (traditional or Sylvia show).

Those wishing to hear about the Titanic may select either the traditional PowerPoint show based on the stories of the Titanic my great-uncle told me, or they may choose to have me perform as Sylvia. 

NEW NEW!  NEWS NEWS!  My next book is coming out in June.  I'm building a web page about that, but until then, the speaking dates for Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes are written below in this color.  The three Joes are the three guys named Joe who stuttered and staggered their way into founding Southern literature, even though they lived across four different centuries and on two different continents.  You'll have to wonder about it until then!  But here's the cover:

I also speak on:

 *History of the Mass Media  

 *Carrie Ingalls, Frontier Journalist (You may remember Carrie from Little House on the Prairie)            

 *Non-fiction writing

Unless noted, all times are in Central Time (US).  I'll always bring my book for sale and will take cash, checks, or credit cards.  In Alabama, the price with tax is $23.  The price varies in each state according to the state sales tax.

If you have a group you'd like me to speak to, do contact me through my publisher, NewSouth Books:, or 334-834-3556.


Wednesday, March 28 (changed from April 18) -- History Museum of Mobile.  At 10 a.m., I'll perform as Sylvia Caldwell for schoolchildren.  At noon, I'll speak at the Lunch and Learn program, presenting my traditional Titanic PowerPoint program.  The museum is located at 111 S. Royal St, Mobile, AL 36602, phone number (251) 208-7569.

April 26-28 -- Marshfield, Missouri, Cherry Blossom Festival.  I'll moderate a panel of Titanic descendants, on Thursday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m.  Come enjoy the rest of this free conference focused on families of the presidents and celebrities we all knew as children... and, oh yes, some Titanic families as well.

Thursday, June 7 -- Jimmy Carter Presidential Center, Atlanta, Ga., 7 p.m., Eastern time, Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes.

Sunday, June 10 -- Eatonton, Ga., The Plaza Arts Center, 305 N. Madison Avenue, 3 p.m. Eastern time.  Co-sponsored by the Uncle Remus Museum and the Eatonton-Putnam County Historical Society, Inc. There MAY be two additional non-profit co-sponsors.  Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes.  Two of the three Joes were from Eatonton.  What a delight to present there! 

Wednesday, June 27 -- Georgia Center for the Book, Decatur, Ga.  Further details to be announced.  Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes.

Monday, July 23 -- Augusta, Ga., appearance at The Book Tavern bookstore, Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes.  Further details to come!

Tuesday, July 24 -- Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, Ga., 7 p.m. Eastern Time.  Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes.

August 9 -- Gwinnett County Library, Lawrenceville, Ga., 7 p.m. Eastern Time.  Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes.

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 -- Decatur, AL, Festival of the Book, Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes.  Further details to come.

August 17-19 -- Titanic Conference 2018, Spirit of the Smokies Lodge, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  The conference starts at 9:30 a.m. Friday and ends at noon on Sunday.  The theme of the conference is "A Reunion of Titanic Descendants."  At some point I'll perform as Sylvia.  Details are to be worked out.  Times are in Eastern time.

Sunday, Oct. 21 -- Lawrence County Historical Society, Moulton, AL, 2 p.m., Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes.

Wednesday, Dec. 12 -- Wren's Nest (Joel Chandler Harris's home), Atlanta, Ga., 7-9 p.m. Eastern Time, Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes.  This is part of the museum house's new Beyond Books author series.  Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes starts at Wren's Nest, so I treasure being invited!  Here's the best I could do on screenshotting the flyer.  The part with the contact information shows.  I'll try to get it as a jpg and post the whole thing.


Tuesday,  January 8, 2019:  PEO Club, Titanic traditional show, Birmingham.  Further details will follow.

Monday, March 4, 2019:  Friends of the Hoover Library, Hoover, AL, 9:45 a.m., Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes.