Royal Ontario Museum curator, liner aficionado, and Nautical Mind friend K. Corey Keeble writes:
The one hundredth anniversary of the 1912 sinking of the White Star liner Titanic occurs on 14-15 April 2012. Marking the event are the publication of a whole slate of new books on the subject, cruises to the wreck site, an endless succession of scheduled Titanic related media events, public lectures, and the 3-D re-release of James Cameron’s 1997 film Titanic. Current interest in the Titanic effectively dates back to the 1955 publication of Walter Lord’s best selling account of the disaster, A Night To Remember. Among the most impressive publications on the subject in recent years is the remarkable two volume set by Bruce Beveridge, Scott Andrews, Steve Hall and Daniel Klistorner Titanic: The Ship Magnificent first published in 2008. It follows a series of such notable works on the Titanic as John P. Eaton and Charles A. Haas’s Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy, now in its third edition, and Donald Lynch’s Titanic: An Illustrated History, currently available in both soft and hard cover editions.
Works presently available on the Titanic also include reprints of important studies dating back to the time of the disaster itself, including the most recent edition of Lawrence Beesley’s The Loss of the S.S. Titanic, originally published in 1912. Beesley’s account is also found in The Story of the Titanic Told by its Survivors, edited by Jack Winocour, but there are numerous reprints of other titles by other authors as well. Of special interest and important among the most recent publications on this endlessly captivating subject is Toronto author Hugh Brewster’s Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage, which provided the focus for his 30 March “RMS Titanic: Parable Lecture” at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum.