Author Of New “Titanic” Novel To Appear At College

EDISON—On April 15, the 97th anniversary of the sinking of the ship Titanic, Middlesex County College will present the author of the new historical fiction novel, Titanic: The Untold Story.  

What separates this novel from all other Titanic literature is that it tells the fictionalized story of Nathan Badeau, who was in truth, the Titanic’s only Negro passenger. The event is free and open to the public and reservations are not required. Light refreshments will be served.

Author and New Jersey native W. Mae Kent will appear in the Blue Colt Bookstore on the Edison campus on Wednesday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m., when she will share what she encountered and learned in her years of research, and answer questions on how her novel came to be. Signed copies of Titanic: The Untold Story will be available for purchase at 15 percent off the list price of $17.99.

“This is a story that had to be told,” Kent said. “Although my book is fiction, it illuminates the fact that there was, indeed, a Black man on board. This is a fact historians, filmmakers and writers have ignored for nearly 100 years. We have to remember that in 1912 the world was a different place for people of color. For a Negro to be among those elite passengers aboard this ill-fated vessel was an accomplishment in and of itself.”

Kent, who holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and history from Thomas Edison State College and a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University, is a licensed clinical social worker and a psychotherapist. This is her first published book and the second novel she has completed. She is working on another novel which is also based on a little-known historical figure.

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