Author Event and Writer's Workshop: Cynthia Strauff

Echoes from the Alum Chine is set in Baltimore in the early part of the 20th Century, and chronicles the lives of three families touched by a barely-remembered waterfront disaster –on March 7, 1913, the steamer Alum Chine, loaded with 350 tons of dynamite, explodes in the Baltimore harbor. Charles Sherwood, the founder of the company that insures the steamer, is among the first to hear the blast.

While he attempts to cope with the consequences that include his son’s diffidence to the calamity, the disaster touches two other families: Helen Aylesforth is the imperious matriarch whose stern demeanor belies her love for those around her, including her daughter, Cantata, who is married to Nicholas Sherwood; and, the Corporals, who live in the alley house, who have served the Aylesforths for generations. Their six-member family includes Randolph, the tender and affectionate stevedore, Arbutus, his ambitious wife, Wanderer, the bright star of the family, and Lillian Gish, the shy, forgotten observer.

Come meet author Cynthia Strauff as she reads from her book and leads a workshop on crafting a historical novel!

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Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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158 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587
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ISBN: 9781483466828
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Published: Lulu Publishing Services - March 20th, 2017