Award-winning author, Allan Wolf, demonstrates how he transforms historical fact into historical fiction. Experience the 1912 voyage of the doomed Titanic through poetry, storytelling, costume pieces, and historical photos as Wolf presents a special interactive author talk based on his multi-voice novel, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic. With a 5′ long Titanic model “puppet,” Wolf demonstrates how the ship was constructed, struck ice, broke in half & then sank. He addresses Titanic myths and facts. And he brings some of the Titanic’s passengers to life: the ship’s designer, the ship’s owner, the captain, a 9-year-old boy, the “unsinkable” Molly Brown, even the iceberg itself! The Watch that Ends the Night was named the North Carolina Young Adult Book of the Year by the North Carolina School Library Media Association.
This program is best when students have read or are reading along with the book. An in-person presentation is recommended but virtual live may be scheduled. No pre-recorded option is available.
Two time winner of the North Carolina Young Adult Book Award, Allan Wolf is the author of picture books, poetry, and young adult novels. Booklist has named his historical verse novel, The Watch That Ends the Night, one of “The 50 Best Young Adult Books of All Time.” Also a skilled and seasoned performer of 25 years, Allan Wolf’s dynamic author talks and poetry presentations for all ages are meaningful, educational and unforgettable. With nearly a thousand poems committed to memory, Florida Reading Quarterly calls Wolf “the gold standard of performing poetry.” Wolf has an MA in English from Virginia Tech where he also taught. He moved to North Carolina to become artistic director of the touring group Poetry Alive!