Devastation on the Delaware, Book Nears 5,000 Copies Sold; Seeks Material for Revised, Updated Edition

Ferndale, Pa. – Devastation on the Delaware: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955 the only comprehensive documentary book about the record-setting weather disaster that killed nearly 100 people in the Delaware Valley, is nearing 5,000 copies sold on the third anniversary of its release in October, 2005, by Word Forge Books.

Author and publisher Mary A. Shafer of upper Bucks County is pleased with the performance of her company’s flagship title. “It hasn’t reached bestseller status, but we’re very happy that the book continues to sell steadily. Over the three years since we released Devastation, it continues to sell more than a thousand copies annually. It always experiences a little bump in sales at the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, as well as any time a major hurricane strikes the U.S.”

Shafer still makes appearances in support of the book, both at bookstore signings and giving her hour-long digital slide presentation to various organizations. “I’ve made more than a dozen appearances this year and about ten last year. That brings total appearances to about 80 since the book came out.”

Fifty cents from each copy sold is donated to the Delaware RiverKeeper Network, to support the organization’s ongoing advocacy on behalf of the Delaware’s environmental health. So far, donations to this non-profit watchdog group have exceeded $1,500 and are headed toward $2,000. “We’re happy to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile cause, which has proven its effectiveness in saving the river from lots of environmental threats in the past few years,” says Shafer.

The publisher is at work on an audio CD version of the book, and is considering releasing an interactive DVD containing audio, video and photos that wouldn’t fit in the print version. “We’re also going to begin work on a revised, updated edition that we’ll likely release toward the end of the decade,” Shafer reports. “Lots of people have come forward with material I didn’t have access to during my original research, which will help me make the book more historically accurate and complete.” She invites anyone with material or information to offer to contact her at or 610-847-2456 with an inquiry.

The book retails for $19.95 and may be purchased at area booksellers, or ordered direct from the publisher at its website, Those interested in ordering the book through the mail, or retailers wishing to sell the book should call the publisher at 610-847-2456 or send an email to floodbook AT