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Author Talk: The Athenia Story

Tom Sanger, Author

Thursday, August 12, 4-5 PM

Shortly after sunset on Sept.l3, 1939, the British passenger ship Athenia was torpedoed by a German submarine, plunging more than 1400 people into a struggle to survive. Athenia became the first British ship sunk by Germany in the war. The attack also ignited the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest continuous combat action of World War II. Today, however, very few people on either side of the Atlantic have heard of Athenia or know if the ship's place in history. In a multi-media presentation, author Tom Sanger describes events leading up to the tragedy, the circumstances that put Athenia's passengers and crew in harm's way, and the heroic efforts that rescued more than 1300 survivors. Tom's talk will also explain why this tragedy has faded from our collective memory and why it should not be forgotten.

About Tom Sanger:

Tom Sanger earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from California State University Northridge in 1966. He served two years in the U.S. Army as an Information Specialist, including a year in Vietnam. Tom worked as a news writer for Los Angeles radio station KABC and as a reporter at the Associated Press. In Sydney, Australia, he researched and wrote documentary scripts for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. During a 22-year career in corporate public relations in southern California, Tom wrote newsletters, speeches, annual reports, and employee publications and supervised communications departments. With his wife, Kay, Tom co-authored a guidebook, Southern California for Kids, published in 1990. In 2010 Tom wrote a biography of a surgeon in Australia. Without Warning (River Grove Books, 2017), a historical novel about a passenger ship sunk of the first day of World War II, is his first work of fiction.

Thursday, August 12, 4-5 PM

Free/Member, $10/Non-Member*

Limited capacity. Ticket purchase required to reserve your seat.

This event includes a reception in the courtyard inclusive of pastries and refreshments.

*cancelations must be made 7 days in advance to receive a refund.

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Comedian Steve Kelley Presents...
"A Night of Fun & Comedy"

Tuesday, September 14, 5:30-7 PM


Steve Kelley is a nationally syndicated cartoonist and stand-up comic. Steve has been a political cartoonist for four decades and his cartoons have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, and others. You may know his work if you follow the comic strip Dustin, which he co-created with fellow cartoonist Jeff Parker. Kelley began performing comedy onstage in 1985, a pursuit that led him to several appearances on The Tonight Show.

About Steve Kelley:

For nearly four decades, political cartoonist Steve Kelley has devoted his attention to public officials the way the radiator grille of a tractor-trailer might devote its attention to June bugs. He has delighted readers by consistently consigning office-holders to the single fate they fear most – that of not being taken seriously. 


Kelley’s cartoons have appeared frequently in Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and USA Today among others.  They are featured routinely on news websites, including Politico, The Week, Townhall, and National Public Radio.


An honors graduate of Dartmouth College, Kelley began his career immediately after college with a twenty-year stint at The San Diego Union-Tribune. In 2001, he moved to New Orleans to become staff cartoonist for The Times-Picayune, and in 2018 joined the Pittsburgh Post -Gazette.

Kelley’s cartoons have won many awards, including the 2007 National Journalism Award from the Scripps-Howard Foundation and the 2020 National Headliner Award for his work about the Coronavirus pandemic. Not content with amusing people in print, Kelley began writing and performing comedy onstage, a pursuit that led him to seven appearances on The Tonight Show. With fellow cartoonist Jeff Parker, Kelley created and writes the popular comic strip Dustin, distributed to more than 370 newspaper clients by King Features Syndicate.  

Tuesday, September 14, 5:30-7pm

$25/Member, $35/Non-Member.*

Limited capacity. Ticket purchase required to reserve your seat.

This event includes a reception in the courtyard inclusive of bites and refreshments.

*cancelations must be made 7 days in advance to receive a refund. 

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