This Year’s Book!

The 2017 LONG ISLAND READS pick is…

Dead Wake:

The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

by Erik Larson


Dead Wake

The Long Island Reads Committee is pleased

to announce the selection of 

Dead Wake by Long Island native Erik Larson.


On May 1, 1915, with World War I entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. This is the true story of the submarine attack on the Lusitania, the lives and deaths of some of its passengers, and the sinking of the largest and fastest ocean liner of its time.

Why Dead Wake?

 Erik Larson grew up in Freeport, Long Island. He has written 5 best selling nonfiction books.

 Dead Wake is a NYT best seller which received starred reviews in Booklist and Kirkus. The New York Times Book Review called Larson “One of the modern masters of popular narrative nonfiction…a resourceful reporter and a subtle stylist.”

 Dead Wake offers a variety of topics and themes which lend themselves to programming and book discussions, including World War I; naval, maritime and military history; shipwrecks; submarines; cruise ships; tragedies; the 20th century, and more.

 Dead Wake will appeal to readers of all ages as well as fans of nonfiction, history, war stories and suspense stories.

 Dead Wake is available in hardcover, paperback, audio book, large print and downloadable formats.

 Long Island Reads will honor Erik Larson in person at an award ceremony on April 23, 2017.


Reader’s Guide for Dead Wake 


Long Island Reads takes place annually throughout the month of April. Many Nassau and Suffolk County libraries feature Long Island Reads programs and book discussion during National Library Week (April 9-15, 2017).