What happens when you lose everything? And what happens when everyone around you does too? Award-winning journalist and author Kathleen Koch explores these questions in an examination of human resilience that springs from a deeply personal assignment - covering the destruction of her hometown by Hurricane Katrina.
Koch wrote Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered after her town of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi was hit full force by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Her stories of Katrina will have special resonance with residents who lived through Superstorm Sandy at the Jersey Shore seven years later.
Koch will speak at a special program, Hope After the Hurricane: Disaster Lessons Learned, at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters on Thursday, October 23 at 7 PM. Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726.
Rising from Katrina won the Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Best Nonfiction in the Southeast Region and honorable mention for Book of the Year in the regional category from ForeWord Reviews.
In writing the book, Koch drew on her 18 years as a correspondent for CNN, where she not only covered the White House, Pentagon, Capitol Hill and State Department, but aviation and just about every disaster imaginable.
Call Library Headquarters at 732-431-7220 x7222 for more information.