Author Talk & Booksigning
Saturday August 18th at 6:30 pm
A LAST SURVIVOR OF THE ORPHAN TRAINS
A former public relations writer, editor, and book reviewer, Victoria Golden is the author of Independent Photography with photographer Robert Foothorap and The Readers’ Choice: 200 Book Club Favorites. The latter was the first book to feature titles based on recommendations from multiple reading groups. She lives with her husband in Ukiah, where she is currently writing fiction.
Victoria's interest in writing was spurred by her father, a Broadway playwright turned public relations and marketing executive. However, while he turned from creative writing to public relations, she began her professional life with public relations and found her way to books.
A Last Survivor of the Orphan Trains seems the natural outcome of Victoria's several years as a volunteer in a group home for foster youth in Santa Rosa. In writing the life story of William Walters, who was sent West in 1930 on an American Orphan Train as little more than a toddler, Victoria was reminded of the many modern-day children who've lost their birth families. For William, the fateful train ride away from home marked the beginning of an extraordinary trajectory through nine decades of U.S. and world history.
From 1854 to the early 1930s, the American Orphan Trains transported 250,000 children from the streets and orphanages of the East Coast into homes in the emerging West. Unfortunately, families waiting for the trains weren't always dreams come true--many times they were nightmares.