Prince, winner of the Connecticut Press Club's 2011 Book Award in Non-Fiction, will read from her latest book, "Death in the Baltic: The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff." The program starts at 7 p.m.
The vessel was carrying more than 10,000 German civilians out of harm's way as the Russian Army closed in on the Third Reich in January 1945. Soon after the boat left port, it was struck by three Soviet torpedoes and about 9,400 women, children, elderly and ill -- six times the number lost on the Titanic -- were killed, many thrown into the frigid waters. Prince interviewed survivors and studied letters and diaries of those who perished to reconstruct this little-known moment in history. The results received high praise from reviewers.
"Prince has scoured the planet for survivors, treating their harrowing stories with gentle empathy, from the first sickening bolts of the torpedoes to the chaos and terror of the ship's swift sinking as passengers fell into the freezing water," wrote a Kirkus Reviews critic.
Prince, an alumna of Fairfield University, was a longtime contributing correspondent to the Christian Science Monitor.
The event at the bookstore, 1499 Post Road, is free and sponsored by the Fairfield University master's degree program in Creative Writing and American Studies Department. For more information, contact Elizabeth Hastings, email@example.com or 203-254-4000, ext. 2688.