“Joplin: 5:41” has been released by Kansas City Star Books and all royalties from the book go to the Joplin Recovery Fund managed by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri. Several book signings are scheduled in Kansas City, Springfield and Joplin.
A Springfield signing is scheduled from 1 – 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at Barnes & Noble, 3055 S. Glenstone Ave., in Springfield. A Joplin signing is scheduled at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Joplin Library, 300 S. Main St., Joplin, Mo.
The book presents the incredible story of tragedy and courage in the face of one of nature’s mightiest storms. This hard-cover book collects the detailed coverage by The Kansas City Star of the storm, its cruel effects, the city’s courageous response and the recovery that now goes on. Featuring extraordinary images, compelling graphics and the award-winning work of The Star’s reporting staff, the book seeks not just to chronicle the destruction, but to celebrate the heroic efforts of Joplin’s citizenry and the thousands of volunteers who rushed in to begin the healing.
“We’re excited to be partnering with the CFO and to use this book in the foundation’s fundraising efforts to rebuild a city’s hopes and dreams,” said Doug Weaver, publisher of Kansas City Star Books.
“We are very grateful that the proceeds from this book will help with long-term recovery efforts,” said Michelle Ducre, Director of Development for CFO’s southwest Missouri regional office. “This project will provide a meaningful reflection on the strength and resilience of the people of Joplin as they remember loved ones and rebuild their lives and community.”
“Joplin: 5:41,” measuring 11 x 9 inches and featuring 224 full-color pages, is available wherever books are sold, including thekansascitystore.com. The price is $29.95.
The Joplin Recovery Fund was the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc. and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to focus on mid- to long-term recovery efforts for the Joplin area non-profit community. Granting decisions are made by a committee of Joplin area officials and residents, as they are the ones who best know where the need is greatest. The first round of Joplin Recovery Fund grants totaling $300,000 were announced September 16. A second round is expected to be announced this fall. For more information, go to joplinrecoveryfund.org.