Mercer Press’ New Book, A Titanic Love Story: Ida and Isidor Straus, Launches in Conjunction with Theatre Macon’s production of Titanic: A New Musical


Mercer University Press officially launches A Titanic Love Story by author June Hall McCash on Friday at Theatre Macon, in conjunction with the company’s production of production of Titanic: A New Musical. There will be three more performances this month including two with book signings by the author. In addition to Friday’s launch, there will be performances Saturday, as well as April 13, 20 and 21, with the author signing her book on April 20 and 21. Book sales begin at 7 p.m. for the shows, which are 8 p.m. curtain.

A Titanic Love Story will be sold at a special event price.  Contact Theatre Macon directly for additional show dates or to purchase advance tickets for the show at (478) 746-9485. Theatre Macon is located in downtown Macon at 438 Cherry St.

Filled with 40 pages of photographs, A Titanic Love Story traces the lives of Isidor and Ida Straus, both German Jewish immigrants who arrived as children in America in the early 1850s. Follow the Strauses’ life from Georgia to New York, where the family became the wealthy owners of Macy’s Department Store in New York. The Strauses were people committed to the welfare of their family, their city, their country, and those less fortunate. Ironically, their final happy days in the south of France lead to their unexpected sailing on the Titanic. Both died as they had lived, with dignity, honor, loyalty to one another and compassion for others.

Townsend School of Music master’s student Billy Bishop will appear in the role of Isidor Straus in Theatre Macon’s production of Titanic: A New Musical.

June Hall McCash is the author, co-author or editor of seven books, six nonfiction works and a historical novel, for which she won the 2011 Georgia Author of the Year Award for first novel. She holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Emory University and a B.A. from Agnes Scott College. Before becoming a full-time writer, McCash was founding director of the university honors program and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Middle Tennessee State University. She divides her time between Murfreesboro,Tenn., and Jekyll Island.

Mercer University Press, established in 1979, has published more than 1200 books. Mercer is the only Baptist related institution with an active continuous fulltime publishing program over the past quarter century. The reputation of the Press significantly enhances the academic environment of the University and carries the Mercer name throughout the world. Contact us at 478-301-2880 or visit us our website at

Theatre Macon was established in 1985 to provide patrons with the opportunity to see theatrical productions at a reasonable cost, to provide members of the community with the opportunity to act in and assist with the production of plays, and to experiment with and present new plays and play forms in keeping with modern drama trends. The theatre also exists to provide education and training in developing interests and skills in plays, play writing, play acting, and production techniques and to provide an opportunity for apprenticeship in community theatre operation to interested persons. Visit them on the web at