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The Friends & Fiction Official Launch Party for Patti Callahan's Surviving Savannah

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Set sail with the Fab Five as they christen Patti Callahan's new historical novel Surviving Savannah. This launch party has it all—dramatic readings, suspenseful reeanctments, special guests, and loads of laughs. Hear Patti talk all about crafting her dual timeline, her extensive research into the 1838 sinking of the real-life Steamship Pulaski, and the rich history of Savannah. https://www.patticallahanhenry.com

Welcome to Friends and fiction. Five best selling authors and the stories Novelists Mary Kay Andrews, Christine Harmel, Christie Woodson, Harvey, Patty Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Munro are five longtime friends with more than 80 published books to their credit. In 2020 they created friends and fiction to provide author interviews and fascinating insider talk about publishing and writing and to highlight independent bookstores. These friends discuss the books they've written, the books they're reading now and the art of storytelling. If you love books and you're curious about the writing world, you're in the right place. Hi, everybody. Hi, I'm welcome to friends and fiction. Tonight is a very special night for us because it's the first time in 2021 that we get to celebrate one of our own. It is our dear Patty Callaghan's very first friends and fiction launch. Surviving Savannah, her 15th novel, is her first book since Friends and Fiction started last April. And let me tell you, we would not be friends in fiction without our Dear Patty. So we hope you will come along on this special journey tonight as we celebrate her and dive deep beneath the surface of one of the most tragic and startling shipwrecks in American history. The explosion and subsequent sinking of the steamship Pulaski, the Titanic of the South in 18 38. I'm Christine Harmel, and I loved the question at the core of surviving Savannah. How do we survive the surviving? Yeah, I'm Christi Woodson. Harvey and I loved the compelling personal relationships and the beautiful language. I'm Mary Alice Monroe, and I love the mystery and propulsive intrigues of the story. And speaking of propulsion, the explosions had me gripping the book like the knuckles. I'm okay, Andrews. And I love the rich Southern setting and the authentic feeling of being right there in Savannah and on the deck of that ill fated ship. And I especially love the twist. No sport. I am Paddy Callaghan. Henry, and I am the author of Surviving Savannah. Okay, let's have a round of applause for our Patty. Mr. Bybee Gaskell has really beat us to the puns tonight. She already said Bon voyage. Oh, okay. Yeah. So tonight we want you to count all the shit puns because we have been on a roll. What for the last 48 hours, I think we have come up with every ship pun possible, and we're going to try to roll them all out tonight. So it's going to be the darkest night of friends and fiction ever. And you're going to love it. We invite you to drink whenever you. Uh The only problem is we'll be blacked out by the end, and that's a problem. Okay. All right. So you've heard our names, right? But are we really those people tonight? Maybe not. So hold onto your life jackets and step aboard the steamship Pulaski, because we're about to find out I'm your captain tonight. Don't you trust me now? And it's going to be a night like no other on friends and fiction. Oh, just you wait as howdy takes us aboard the doomed ship and lets us experience the explosion along with her passengers. I have to say, Kristen, you look like the captain and wait. Listen, lady, you're going to be walking the plank soon. Alright? Wait. Isn't that one, okay? And don't forget for your snacks on board. You want to pack up your mama Geraldine's cheese straws? They may not have been around 18 38 but they are as delightfully Southern and as delicious as Patty's beautiful book Surviving Savannah. Remember to use the code Fab Five for 20% off at Mama Geraldine's dot com and for your reading pleasure on the trip, perhaps awards Lito Duck along with Patty's new book, which should be on everyone's survivalist, trying to page one books, a book subscribe subscription package that pairs all your reading hopes and dreams with the insightful pics of real life Indie booksellers. Find out more on our friends in fiction Facebook Page and use the code Fab Five for 10% off. If you're a new subscriber, I don't know. Cheese straws and books, subscriptions, salads. Excellent. But if my ship's boiler explodes off the southern coast in some dark, silent ju night, I think I'm gonna go for the life board. Patty, can you give us our...

...onboard instructions? Oh, these shit metaphors are saving me this week. They are the best. So with Christian at our helm tonight, I say, Yes, it's time. But first, before we untie the ropes and leave the Worf, I want to thank Nantucket. Book partners, including Mitchell's Book Corner and Nantucket Book, works for being on board with us tonight as our bookseller, I'm honored that they are here for our journey. You can visit them on the Lido deck above us right above this video, and you can get 10% off on any of our new and upcoming releases, including surviving Savannah with a coupon code F F 10. And as a bonus tonight, anyone who buys surviving Savannah between now and Saturday will also get a friends and fiction luggage tag. And yeah, they're really cool, and you'll be entered to win a signed personalized copy of Kristen's The Forest. Add Vanishing Stars Advanced Reader Copy. So, ladies, are you ready to set sales? I had a wheel is growing up there waving goodbye with handkerchiefs on the duck and we're ready to go. So out there, you see, I have made the other Fab Four here into my unwitting accomplices on a trip aboard the Steamship Pulaski. It does not have a good nickname. It is the Titanic of this South. We have no idea what they're in for or who will live or who will perish when it explodes because it will explode. All they know is that many years ago, nearly 200 souls set out to sea, and only 59 made it back. So once upon a time, not so long ago and not so far away, On June 13th of 18, 38 families arrived at the Savannah River Worf to board a luxurious steamship called the Steamship Pulaski. They were escaping the brutal summers, the biting, no see ums. They heat the boredom, and they were headed north. One of the financiers of the ship, named Lamar Longstreet, boarded the ship with his wife, his six Children, his niece and his sister. So sure of this ship that he was a financier for so prideful of its ability to carry everyone he loved in one place, he settled in for a gorgeous trip. This was the fourth journey for the elegant steamship, and she was proud. And she was beautiful. Her four story paddlewheel and gilt edged lettering waiting in the harbor for her passengers and crew That balmy summer morning. Are you ready? Let's meet those passengers now. Well, hello. I'm Augusta Longstreet. Always needed. Never wanted. As far as I can tell, my fiance passed only months ago, and I am now traveling with my brother's family north to escape the brutal summers of Savannah and to help my sister in law with her six Children. Yes, six. Don't tell anyone, but the youngest Thomas, is my favorite. Greetings, y'all. I'm Charles Longstreet. But I don't think I don't know that anti Augusta over there loves Thomas the best. But I am the preferred in the family, the oldest Longstreet and I have here in my mouth. And there will come a day and I will join my powerful father, the Ma in business. He's a finance here. Stop loving a plantation owner and on the cutting edge of steamship technology. Hello, everyone. I'm Melody Longstreet. I'm the wife of Lamanna Long Street, one of the most powerful men in Savannah. This morning we left our fine house on Oglethorpe Avenue to board his ship with me. I have my six beautiful Children. Yeah, the oldest Charles, the youngest. Thomas. I have packed everything we need for the summer social season. Inbal Springs, New York From the China to the silver, we will enjoy our long someone away from the heat and the bottom Insects So good. I'm really Long Street. My father...

...holding this Lamar's brother. I'm here with my husband, Adam, for South and my baby girl Madeleine and my nurse maid Priscilla. I pack all my belongings for the coolest summer, along with my secrets that only my beloved and Augusta my dearest friend and confident know anything about Oh, y'all, I wish I hadn't gone first. I mean, it's your big there's still you're breaking character. You're No, you're right. That's who is that talking now? And this is the narrator. She's back at 8 a.m. The steamship pulled away from the Savannah River Wharfe, water churning behind the wheels and the high whistle of the steam boat goodbye with white handkerchiefs to their loved ones on the wharf. It began as a safe trip, a lovely trip to be precise. The steamship first arrived in Charleston to spend the night and pick up more passengers. It then sailed away again on the morning of June 14th, with the promise of only one night at sea. Before they all reached Baltimore the evening we were docked in Charleston, I spent the evening talking to Laughlin McMillan and imagining things I should not imagine with my fiance, only gone now for about a few months this morning we sailed for Baltimore, and the day has passed as pleasantly as any I've ever known. After we left Charleston, my father took me to the boiler room where I saw the huge copper boilers that provide the steam that make the paddlewheel turn. I'm at the Engineers and Captain Dubois who said he never sleeps at sea. So he gave Father one of his cabins. I share a cabin with my Auntie Augusta and my little brother Thomas with only one night at sea. I don't mind so much. Oh, what a beautiful journey we had to Charleston. We passed Tybee Island and the beautiful shoreline of South Carolina. I drank champagne, and when I am nervous, I feel comforted by the lifeboats and the lovely adapt Captain Dubois and first mate Hibbard. Six. Yeah, I spoke with the women and the men have different cabins. Even if married that I could avoid my husband ahead. Germany's cruel hands. Yes, that's where the secrets I hold the charming rich and handsome Adam Foresight, Madeline's father and Priscilla's master. Okay, cruel and arrogant. I hide the Bruce as well. Priscilla sees them on me. And as I spy them in the same places on her, there's nothing we can do. Yeah, by nightfall on the 14th, everyone retires to their cabins, knowing that tomorrow they will wake up and arrive in Baltimore. But below deck at 11 PM, a copper boiler empties out and the second engineer pours cold water into hot copper, and everything changed in an instant. I awoke to an explosion, the ship shuttering and listened to the right. Smoke poured beneath my door. I grabbed Thomas and Charles, but our door was blocked by a rolling birth. We seem trapped in our room. Anti August screamed for help, and Thomas cried and cried. It smelled like burning wood. And dare I say it flesh? Well, the explosion woke me and all I could think about or care about where my six Children, four of them with me, it was pitch dark, the ship leaning to the right and all landing light extinguished. The paddle wheels were silent, and the only sound I heard was screaming. We gathered ourselves, all five of us, and we ran into the galley, calling out for my beloved husband, Mama, with the explosive sound awakening me. I believe Adam had found his way to our cabin with a gun. He let out his anger through the bail of a gun more than once. But I soon realized it was the shit that was in danger. The ECU, it smell of smoke and the screams...

...of combined voices brought me to my senses. I grabbed my baby, Madeline and Priscilla looked at me for helping what was happening. What was happening is that in the middle of the night in the middle of their lives, the steamship Pulaski exploded 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Now, each and every passenger on that ship, including the people you just met, must try to survive in the wilds of the Atlantic Ocean. And then 183 years later, a crew of shipwreck hunters of endurance exploration dove looking for treasure and steamships and found the Steamship Pulaski 100 ft deep, lying at the bottom of the ocean with treasure gold, silver, china coins and my luggage tag. And, yes, Augusta Lamar's brass paid plated luggage tag. Are you going to tell them what happened to me or to me? Oh, to me and my six Children Or to me and my baby girl and my beloved nurse maid. What about the man I'm falling in love with? What about Lachlan or the Captain and the crew? What about the other passengers? For that part of the story, our dear listeners, you must read the novel, their journey, their lives and the fates all unfold inside. Surviving Savannah. I am not going to quit. I'm not going to quit my day job. For for for you, for you out there. We did not practice this. I just gave it to them and let them go for it. So speaking of the novel, I want to give a huge and wonderful thank you to Nantucket Books and Tim for a land that no shipwrecks. Nantucket, Massachusetts. And so tonight, if you click above up on the Lido deck or go to Nantucket Sellers once again, you can get a signed book plate and a luggage tag and be entered to win an advanced reading copy of the Forest of Vanishing Stars. All right, now, y'all, your captain's back. Patty, I know the incredible still talking in my horrible southern accent. What's wrong? with me, All right? It was actually it was really good. It was actually really good. Actually, that would be really good. Unbelievable. Really good. Like I said before the show, you'll never unsee it. I'm sorry. I apologize. I alright, So your captain is back. Everyone. Patty, I know the incredible amount of research you did for this story, and one of the things you did was make the first full manifest of the passengers on board the Steamship Pelosky. So tonight we let our fearless book club leaders, Brenda Gartner and Lisa Harrison and our managing director, Meg, each choose a number from 1 to 5. Each of those numbers was linked to a real passenger on the ship. Brenda Drew number two. Lisa Drew, number three megs. You number five. And I know that doesn't mean anything to you yet, but it will. It will mean something at the end. So in just a few minutes, we will learn their fates. But first, we have a few questions for Patty. So, Patty, we would love to do these rapid fire so that we have time to get to some reader questions and some viewer questions out there. And by the way, I would just like, you know, this sheds because I've got this all in my mouth right now I am fucking around like, a mouthful of for So just where's your wine? Washington. I don't know that you want to in just that If I just fall over halfway through, You know, I think we do build up the things we do for love. That is true. Bill Goodwin. Mariana. Mariana. Alright. Okay, Patty, this is our kind of rapid fire questions. So quick. Simple answers. Are you ready? Patty? I'm ready. All right. Christy, why don't you start us off? Patty, can you tell us about the weird synchronicities that made you believe this story wanted to be told? But here's the challenge. You only have 60 seconds. Yeah. I don't think there's anything I do in 60 seconds. So here we go. When I first started, when I first started writing this story and I didn't know if I really wanted to do it, I was three weeks into my research when I found a headline that said, Endurance Exploration has found the remains of...

...the Steamship Pulaski. And I knew I had to write it. And the second thing that happened is that when I was about two years into it and I was in despair and about to give up, they found Augusta Long Streets, luggage tag. Her real name is Rebecca Lamar. And not only did they find it, but it is the only luggage tag they found. It wasn't like they found a passel of luggage tags. They found one belonging to the character I was writing about. I'm sorry, but that spirit just came in there, reached out that I wouldn't say that. Chill bumps. I know. So I didn't give up that you guys wouldn't let me. So, you know, kind of my turn. How close did you stick to the real story? When you wrote the novel, I stuck. I stuck incredibly close to the real story, except for the modern day storyline, which is completely imagined. But the historic storyline sticks exactly to the timeline to the, um to what happened to where they boarded to where they exploded to how many people survived. The one thing that I wiggled around a little is that the family we follow the Longstreet family is inspired by a real family. Look, what happens when I try to talk fast is inspired by a real family, but Gassaway Bug Lamar family. But I changed their name so I could not have to stick exactly to their biographical facts. But the facts of the ship treated the ship like a biographical fiction. Everything you learn about that is correct. From the diving to the treasures to the timeline, everything is fact. And it's all on your website, too. You can follow all the Yeah, I have a book club kit that has all the details and has a timeline of the night. I figured if I had spent three years researching that you were going to have to see it. Patty, would you like us to take turns reading that in our in our character voices for the for the viewer enjoyment, that can be like a downloadable portion on your website. We could do an audible book club kit. That would be awful. Oh, sorry, Patty love and no Savannah pretty well, because I've lived here and worked here and written about it. But in surviving Savannah, you make that the city a character in its own right. Tell us about that. How? How did you make Savannah in 18 38 2019 come to life? Remember, 60 seconds, that's all. You get a lot of questions, I know, but yes, I always believe like the rest of you do, because we talk about this all the time. That that setting is a is a character. But I also believe that it's not just a character. It's the soil from which the story grows. And so the story. Yeah, like the Petri dish or the soil, and the story couldn't grow from into anything but what it is. And if you moved it to a different setting, it wouldn't be this story. That's how important Savannah is. That's why Savannah is in the title. And I did so much research into 18 38 and tried to use 18 38 2019 as mirrors for each other, the mythology of 18 38 the mythology of present day Savannah and tried to tell a fuller truth about both of them. You spent a lot of time in use in the in the museums and historical society, right? Yes. So that is absolutely what made this so much more about Savannah than it would have been. One of the most extraordinary things I discovered when I was writing this book was the value and the gems of the museums in Savannah and between the ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, without whom I could never have written this book. The Georgia Historical Society, where I sat at long wooden tables with those gooseneck lamps and puddles of light reading newspaper articles from the 18 hundreds reading Augusta Long Streets. Very real journal, Um, written by Rebecca Lamar in her tight handwriting script. In these, yes, and so the knowing that I got to dig into those things of Savannah, the Telfair Museums, the Owens Thomas House and Slave quarters. The whole story visually came to life for me because of those museums extraordinary to hear you talk about the research and, gosh, it just it shows in the book and you just bring the world alive. It's amazing. Um, I want to remind all of you out there. This is your chance to ask Patty questions. We have her. We have her as a hostage on our ship right now. So like she's, he's here. He's here to answer your questions. Um, so, you know, this is we're doing this in the friends...

...and fiction groups because you all are so important to us. And we got We want to give you sort of a front row seat, not just to our ridiculousness, but also to the author herself. Paddy Callaghan. So if you have a question, make sure to type it into the comments now, we'll be asking in just a second. Um, but, Patty, I wanted to ask first you worked with the shipwreck hunter. How did that change your story? That was so fascinating. The minute I saw that headline that said endurance exploration finds remains of Pulaski. I hunted him down. I found his name on the website. I called. I emailed. I called again. I emailed again, and finally he answered me. And I think it took him a bit too. No, I wasn't crazy. But then we had a blast working together. He would always keep me updated. He would send me photos from the bottom of the ocean. He would tell me the new and interesting things they found. And yes, whatever I learned from him changed the story. because we all know that our favorite part about research is that you find that one little thing that changes everything. That one little thing in your research that shifts the story or tweaks the story. And he would when he called and told me about the pocket watch that was stopped at 11 04 PM I knew that it was an integral part of the book when he told me about the luggage tag. You'll see it's an integral part of the book. When he told me about the family silver, I worked it into the novel and it changed the novel. It also changed the trajectory of the novel because that's silver that he found, sent me to do more interviews and then learn more. Everything he found sent me even more into the world of the shipwreck and into the world of this story. So, yes, working with him changed everything. That is incredible. All right, so we've asked our questions. Now it's time for some questions from other passengers of this great ship of ours. Um, Anisa Joy Armstrong is wondering how you decided which passengers to write about since there were around 200 people aboard the ship. I decided to write about the Gassaway Bug Lamar family for a couple reasons. One is because the father was a financier for the ship. So he was He helped fund the ship. He was a stockbroker for the ship. And so I felt that he had such a deep connection to the ship that that was important for me. The second reason is because he was so prideful of the ship that he literally took everyone he was related to almost on that ship. He took his wife, his six Children, his niece and his sister. And so, if you're I knew that there was something fascinating in that. And I also knew that I wanted to follow the women. I wanted the women to tell this story, and I had the accounting from his sister Rebecca Lamar. And the last reason I chose this family is because the oldest son who you met earlier in that beard survives this shipwreck. And in surviving this shipwreck, he you'll see in the book, he teaches us a lesson about fate and destiny and meant to be Yeah. Surprise. Yeah, definitely. That was a surprise. All right, um from the Lido deck, Shelia Farahat is asking, What crossroads or watershed moment? Internal lead you from the nursing professional? This is personal from the nursing home to becoming an amazingly talented author. Oh, well, thank you. That's such a nice thing to say. There wasn't a watershed moment. There was a lot of, um, small moments that culminated. It started with just being a fascinating, you know, an obsessive and fascinated reader to being obsessed with mythology, to writing in private to the day that my daughter said she wanted to be a writer of books, and I jokingly said, That's what I want to be And she told me I was too old. Yes, I think I was 32. So there's, I know, a five year old, you know, a four year old thinks that's really old. So there wasn't this, like, one moment there was. There was this desire that kept building and building. But thank you for saying that. Yeah. Um, Captain Kristen, I have a lot of members aboard who are wanting to dine at your table tonight. So, uh, you're doing so good of the first. The first person dining at your table tonight. This is a quick question from Terry Stafford Stokes. We all know, she says. My husband and I...

...have watched friends and fiction since the very first episode, and I'm an avid reader of all your books. Thank you, very. My hubby wants to know if he would enjoy this book. That's a resounding yes for me, but we able to let Patty answer that 100%. He would love this book, I think. I mean, I'm biased, so I have rose colored glasses on. But, um, I think that there's enough adventure and you learn enough about the ship and about what happened. And we do follow the men and who are on the lifeboats and on the floating pieces of wreckage. So, yes, it's an adventure story. I just happened to tell it from a woman's point of view. So But I know you're asking the live questions, Christie. But I see a name in there, so I'm going to ask it. You do it. Yeah. There's a question from gr Henry and Henry is who the book is dedicated. Rusk, I can't believe you're here. I am just so yeah. So the book is dedicated to my son, George Rusk Henry, captain of the Mary River and of our heart. Um, and he asked what most surprised you about the characters in this book? Ross, that is such a good question. Wait a good son. You have a good job with him, Paddy, you At least today, what most surprised me about the characters in the book were their fortitude and perseverance in surviving. I just kept thinking I might have given up by now, right? Like it's day for without food and without water. And I've lost some of my Children and I'm watching people die. I might have given up, and the other thing that really surprised me was what I hinted at earlier, which is about Charlie. Lamar is his real name, but in the book, his name is Charlie Longstreet, that he was saved and he was saved and he helped people. He was called the Noble Boy, and then 20 years later he had a new nickname, the Red Devil, and I was shocked that someone who could survive something like this five days and five nights at sea could turn into a person who could earn the name the red Devil by being a slave trader and illegal blockade runner. He was Yeah. And to that shocked me because we have this idea that if we survive something and were given a second chance that we would do something good with that second chance that we would do something with our lives, and that really surprised me. You know, it's that question I mentioned earlier that you're the core of your novel. How do you survive the surviving? You know, what do you do with that? And I think that is, um, you know, it's interesting when you read historical fiction because you're not just reading about the past. You're reading about the past as a reflection of the presence, the present day. And we've all survived something in the last year, right? We've all survived a difficult time, and that to me makes this book so, um so timely. And it resonated so strongly, I think, because of that, yeah, sometimes we talk about this a lot on the show. We don't know what the theme of the book is until we're either finished with it or about 3/4 of the way through it. And sometimes We don't know what the theme of the book is until a reader tells us. Right, Um, for me, it took me a bit to know that this wasn't just about surviving. This was about what we do with our surviving. And of course, I didn't know 2020 was coming. But all five of us and most people we love and you out there have all been through something that we survived. And in a lot of the books, they end their they end with. We survived a happy ending, but they so rarely talk about what happens after that. What happens? What does your body do with the trauma? Mary Alice's sister was one of the people that I interviewed for this book because she was a trauma expert. What? Where does trauma end up in our body? How do we choose? Do we choose to thrive or just survive? Do we need to do something good with our survival? So we often talk about this whole idea of perseverance and fortitude, which is amazing. But then what's on the other side of that? And I wanted that to be something that I don't solve for you. Ugly that to the philosophers and the creatures. But I wanted to ask the question and make you kind of think about it. Absolutely. All right. So I think Christie might ask a few more live questions, but I have an idea. We...

...have been dropping the ball tonight, and I don't even have a shit pun for it. But we've been dropping the ball with our ship puns. You guys, ladies, we've been dropping the anchor. The yeah, buoys. Buoys are bouncing. We're adrift. Ladies were addressed. So all of you out there, pick up our slack. That could be a ship pun because you're right, black. And so, while while Kristi's reading the next, um, live question or two, I want to hear all of your best ship puns that apply to tonight, not just random shit puns. They've got to be something about surviving Savannah, or I don't know the way we there's gonna be a ship on about the way we just tanked that the are acting right there. Have to be. There has to be a life raft. Depends. Exactly. All right, So? So that that is your challenge. And after Christie reads a couple more questions. We are going to be shipped. Fun drinking games. Really like first made Christine for the rest of the show. Okay, For the first week, Christie is going to read another question or two, because again, we're here for you tonight. All of you are wonderful friends in fiction community. But don't let us down. You have to give us some shit puns and Mary Kay injuries. And Mary Alice Munro, I think are going to read those to you from the comments in a minute. Some of some of our favorites if Meg wouldn't mind pulling them. All right. So, Christie, you want to hit us with another? I'm going to ask a couple of quick ones, Patty, that we can just kind of get through Maryland. Joyner wants to know if they brought up the Pulaski. So the Pulaski was Would The Pulaski is gone. It has been. Lasky was a beautiful wooden steamship. So what remains at the bottom of the sea isn't like what you imagine with the Titanic, which was a steel ship. Metal shit. This was a wooden steamboat. So what is at the bottom of the ocean? Our, um the copper boilers That's why it was so hard to find for the shipwreck hunters what are at the bottom of the sea of the copper boilers and, um, treasure and artifacts. And they're hoping to find the anchor. They haven't found it yet, and surviving Savannah is throwing us a lifeline. Love it. That is good. That one's right. Now I'm just like, That's hilarious. Don't walk the plank. There's, um there's there's treasure and it happens. That's hilarious. So there's this trail and because this ship blew up and okay, this is my visual image for us. The ship blew up on the starboard side, and I'm just thinking of a port and starboard pun right now. As you said, that work the same Christie. Good job. So it broke in half, and it's slowly broken. Half it went like this over 45 minutes that bow and aft, aft and bow, going up either way, so that what they're finding down there, the person who asked is, is miles and miles of remnants of the ship because it took 45 minutes to sink, meaning it was dumping treasure and dumping artifacts and jumping china and silver and over and all of the Longstreet Silva is at the bottom of the ocean, so they feel like right now they have only found 5% of the treasures and artifacts, which makes finding Augusta Long streets luggage tag even more astounding. You found 5%. So you don't. You can go on my website and see pictures of them at the bottom of the ocean looking. And if there's no ship down there, it's just the remains of a shift. Wow. Uh, Sharon person wants to know. Did you go to North Carolina where they found the ships? I didn't. I wanted to. And I was actually going to when covid hit. But I was thinking about diving. Remember Christie? We were going to meet their in Wellington. And hey, look, covid happened. I was thinking about diving and then woke up. So no and oh, man. Yeah, OK, see, how about two more? Two more quick live questions and then we move on for puns. Okay? Lynn Coomer. Am I reading that right? Yes. Coomer wants to know Which character would you most like to read, mostly to meet an interview from your book? Okay. Oh, wow. What a great question, lady, we got to steal that question, you know, crushing since we're all right here. All right. Uh, who would I most It would mean. It would have to be my main. You know, Augusta Longstreet, whose luggage tag I found and not I found. But, um, who's Lena and her, Uh, her. Because I have...

...her journal. I just feel connected to her. You know, I have her accounting handwritten accounting of the night, and I would love to sit and talk to her and say, Did I get it right? Did I honor you? Did I honor your family? I would love to ask her that. Wow. Um, we have a lot of really excellent questions here, but one that we the one that we really cannot, um, let go Is Captain Kristen would like to know? Would you like for us to I'll talk to you and our character voices from this moment forward? No, no, I think we're good. I think we're good. Just as we are. Yeah, I think we're done. All right. All right. So that was fantastic. How fun. Okay. Mary Kay and Mary Alice, Are you up for reading? Some of these puns. Oh, my God. I've got there So that I just the one that, uh where is it? But something about how Who is the man? The The Red Devil was a bad boy. The only time that was my favorite, the red devil became a bad boy. That's funny to me, Nick. Mayan Pruitt says y'all look starboard, but drink the poor. What a much better than, uh, surviving Savannah Floats are boats. Mary Spearman, your heart Williams says, Oh. Oh, boy, to be surviving Savannah. It sure sounds bad. That's a good That's a good one. Listen, Sharon Carlson person says Patty is our cruise director. Do you not see me wearing the hat? Sharon, You're sorry? Oh, yeah. Okay, alright. Okay. Maybe I've just taken more than all right. A motherless we are. Sometimes we are really all right, Captain Kristen, Right. Alright. Yeah, yeah, of course. All right. Stick around everyone out there because we have to find out the fate of our three passengers Brenda, Lisa and Meg, which is going to give you another little peek inside surviving savannah and some of the real lives on board. But before we go or before we get there. These announcements well for your onboard snacks. Don't forget Mama Geraldine's cheese straws will be served, but driving Savannah Journey We are having the most delightful Southern crackers, and and don't forget, the Fab Five is the discount code for 10 percent off as a new subscriber. And also we do think Page one books. If you love books like Surviving Savannah, you tell them the kind of books you want, these independent bookseller with years of experience and insightful picks, and they will help you choose books. That's Page one books and also Lisa and Brenda and everyone at the official Friends and Fiction Book Club. I'm joining you on March 15th. We're reading the book club this month. I'm so excited. It's an oldie, but goody and I can hardly wait to talk to you about it. And I just want to remind you that this Sunday at 5 p.m. We are going to have a special bonus episode with our friends to equal Johnson about her stunning, beautiful novel, Yellow Wife, Um, read Surviving Savannah. You'll read it in a day, and when you're finished, pick up yellow wife because it is really um, it's really a beautiful, beautiful story, and we cannot wait to have sequel here to tell us all about it. And, you know, next week is ST Patrick's Day, and I am actually right now in Savannah, where we are not having a parade this year. But but here on friends and fiction, we're gonna make our own parade and our own look. Not only are we going to have to amazing historical fiction, authors Jennifer Robson and aerial log on as guests, but our very own Patty is going to share something else that's incredibly exciting for us and for you. She has a brand new novel coming in October, and next Wednesday in conjunction with Our Friends at Parade magazine. She'll be revealing the cover on their website and on our show. And then she and she'll also tell us all about the book, which is called once about once upon a wardrobe. So bring your green beer or your Irish tea or your corn beef. Bring all of that and tune in next Wednesday. Or bring your Irish whiskey. Hello, exactly. Bring it.

Bring it all next Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern for a very lucky night indeed. All right, Patty, the time has come. Can you tell us the fates of Brenda, Lisa and Meg? I can. And I have to say, bring them on. And while they're coming on, I have to tell you that. God, you guys are here to find out your fates. Don't let them wants to speak. That's what I'm not. Don't put the pressure on me. We We We mentioned that, um, next week is ST Patrick's Day and the pivot, one of the pivotal scenes in surviving Savannah takes place at the ST Patrick's Day parade. So yeah, All right. I'm not gonna tell you any more about that. You have to go read it. All right, ladies. So I do have to tell you that y'all are very good pickers. You have very auspicious. You chose well, so I'm going to start with Meg, who drew number five. And that means her ticket is a Mrs Mary P. Nightingale. Mary P. Nightingale. You were the daughter of John a. King Esquire of New York. And you were the granddaughter of the late and distinguished Rufus King. And because of that, you were in all of the newspapers. You are from Cumberland Island. And you boarded with your seven month old daughter, Laura, and you were heading north to visit your relatives. Your husband, Phineas Nightingale of Cumberland Island, was the grandson of Revolutionary War General Nathaniel Greene. Oh, right after the explosion, you made it into a lifeboat with your daughter, and it is said of you during the whole of the perils through which they went through. She displayed the highest qualities of fortitude and heroism. You and your daughter made it to the breakers of North Carolina and were toppled out of the lifeboat. But you were saved by James Hamilton Cooper of New York. Oh, amazing. Your daughter. You're married. Alright, I feel like I'm just ended up on the book cover. Okay, for those of you who saw my first book covers, Okay, so Okay, Brenda, you are James Hamilton Cooper. Esquire. You boarded in Savannah, Georgia. You were the owner of a 4500 acre plantation in Glynn County, Georgia, when the ship exploded. You immediately made it to the lifeboats and boarded with first mate Hibbert and some others, including Mary Be Nightingale with another lifeboat. You headed toward the North Carolina shoreline. The perilous journey took over 24 hours, and when you reach North Carolina, the word breakers 6 ft high in front of you. The first lifeboat went and toppled. Over 10 people went under, and not all of them came up. You had to make a decision with first mate Hibbert. Whether you would take this lifeboat over the Breakers or wait for help, you decided to take it over the Breakers. You were not only a hero and helping navigate the breakers, but in helping the women and Children on the lifeboat. You save the life of Mrs Mary King Nightingale and her seven month old child, and you survived to then write a full accounting of the night. From your point of view that was published in the Historical collections of Georgia. You wrote about the scene that you called wild destruction. Wow, not goodness. We need to go, Brenda, don't they? So y'all, when I was doing these, of course, I didn't have to do this because the novel's done and out. But I got very obsessed with finding the fates. I've done 15 of them, but we picked out five for tonight and y'all...

...picked ones. All right, Miss Lisa, you're ready. Your name is B W Foz Dick, which is kind of an unfortunate name. Indeed you were. You were from Boston, Massachusetts. But you had a very large family in Savannah. And you boarded the ship in Savannah when the ship exploded. You persevered in the water over and over, swimming and making it from plank to floating plank and eventually onto a floating piece of wreckage. You floated for days. You were not on any of the major floated jizz, the aft deck or the promenade deck. Yeah, you made it after three days to the shore of North Carolina. When you finally arrived in New York on June 25th, 11 days after the explosion, you gave a statement to the New York Journal of Commerce and you said the New York Journal of Commerce said he is in a good measure, recovered from the wear and tear of body and mind occasioned by the horrid scene through which he was called to pass. And you said in your accounting all that I saw and heard neither language can paint nor tongue can utter. And you survived to live a full life. Oh, my God loves here. We have used a Christian saying goose bumps. Me too. Oh, yeah. Beautiful. I might change my name, though. I'm sorry. You pick. The number you picked is the number you picked, baby. Oh, yes, I have a I have an event in Charleston tomorrow. I'll get to see our Mary. Alice. I'm so excited. And, um, what she did was have 15 tickets with names on them and the people who are going, we'll get at the end of the night, they'll find out. So I really meant to go through and do, like, do, like, survived. Paris survived Parish y'all. I fell down rabbit holes. You would not believe. I can tell them how many Children they had. There are some people you can't, but the ones y'all picked had interesting stories. You picked well, so I think it's a really, really listening to the stories there. Really? Yeah. Yeah. My gosh. I feel breathless remote somewhere so we can all go. Oh, I will eventually. Yeah. Someone saying they're not going to go on a cruise ship. I got I sure enough like yeah, we don't often have 6 ft seas on the coast of North Carolina. So it was just like a string of bad luck all the way around. Yeah. No kidding, right? It wasn't even the seas were that high, Christie. It was when they hit the shoals off Onslow County. You know those breakers right there? The breakers were breaking 56 ft high, but we might have 6 ft seas like, way like way out there. But, like on the shore, that's pretty important. Yes. All right. So, Brenda, Lisa, Meg, thank you so much for joining us. And we're Oh, my gosh, that was so fun. Yes. Uh, so all of you. Yeah. So as a reminder, ELISA and Brenda are the amazing women who run our book club. And they're hosting Mary Alice on Monday for a chat about about the book club. And I also had the beach club. I don't know what I'm talking about. Uh, yeah. Um, and and next month, they're going to be talking about Patty's surviving savannah. So if you pick up the book after hearing about it tonight, or if you've already bought it, you'll have a great chance to talk again. to patty face to face just like this in a really dedicated session where you can talk all about the book. So, Patty, you did not think we would let you go that easily, did you? So we all love you and we all want to see this book fly off the shelves. A reminder to everyone out there. Precincts and first week's sales count for a lot in the publishing industry. So if you're interested in Patty's book and think you might read it eventually, now would be such a great time to order it or to put it on hold at your library. That's just my little p s. A. But Patty, I want you to have the final word tonight. And actually, my question is not about your book. I think you've told us so much about it. We have everything we need to have those goose bumps and those chills and run right out and get it. But I want you to talk to us tonight about this wonderful group about the viewers who show up the readers who interact on...

...our page and all the wonderful people out there. All of you who show us so much support. We appreciate it so deeply. And Patti, I want to ask you tonight what has friends and fiction meant to you over this last year? Oh, wow. I'm not sure, says the woman who writes books that I can find the right words because it's very much of a feeling, a settled nous of knowing that we set out to do one thing and build just a little community among the five of us and and bond and get through something. And instead what happened is the energy and the love and the obsession with books and reading. It just grew and grew and grew and and created something so beautiful, this community. And I bet I've said to the five the other foreign Meg, the five ladies 10 times over the past three days I don't know what how I would have gotten through this without the support of this community and them during a time of releasing a beloved novel. I've spent years of my life working on during covid you, all to all of us. I know I'm not just speaking for myself. Are I'm going to have to say it. You're a lifeboat I'm just going to have to say it all right. Here. Some graves don't want to. Friends and fiction, Cruz. I know my head. That is brave. Nobody go near the boiler. No one, no good. No one. You know, hip, fun, drinking game status. Texting my ex is all of them amazing. I love it. All right, Patty, let's have a round of applause for our Paddy Callaghan and you're acting. Oh, my gosh, Daddy, we are so, so proud of you. And so happy for you. Everyone out there. I hope if you haven't picked it up already, you'll consider doing so. It's surviving. Savannah is just such a beautiful book. And to all of you out there, Thanks, as always for joining us, remember, this is your captain speaking with one final reminder to locate your life vest and immediately order surviving Savannah so that you don't miss your chance for the lifeboat. Have an amazing night and enjoy Patties. Gorgeous new book. We are so proud of her. And as always, we are so grateful to all of you. Good night. Thank you. Yes, I'm the launch of you. Thank you for tuning in. Join us every week on Facebook or YouTube, where our live show airs every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern time. And please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on Instagram. We're so glad you're here.

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