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Peggy Wirgau's debut novel is a Titanic tale

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The RMS Titanic’s story is one that’s been retold for more than a century. The unsinkable ship that sank on its maiden voyage continues to intrigue audiences today – both for its historical significance and its ironic fate.

More than 1,500 passengers and crew died during its demise on April 15, 1912, off the coast of Newfoundland. But more than 700 survived, including the Beckers, who were bound for family in Benton Harbor.

The Stars in April cover

“The Stars in April” by Peggy Wirgau.


The RMS Titanic is nearly ready for launch in this photo from 1911. The ship was constructed on Queen's Island, now known as the Titanic Quarter, in Belfast Harbour in Ireland.


A huge crowd gathers in front of the White Star Line office in New York City, waiting for the latest news about the Titanic. The luxury liner was on its maiden voyage when it struck an iceberg and sank in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 people died in the disaster.

Ruth Becker

Ruth Becker

Peggy Wirgau

Peggy Wirgau signs a contract for her first novel. Based on the true story of 12-year-old Titanic survivor Ruth Becker, “The Stars in April” will be released later this month.

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