VIRTUAL EVENT: Celebrated author and illustrator Brian Fies will share A Fire Story, his firsthand account of the Northern California wildfires of 2017—revised and expanded, and now in paperback. Fies's harrowing and uplifting tale of loss, survival, and the power of community will no doubt resonate with locals, having experienced our own fire story last August.
Early morning on Monday, October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. In addition, 6,200 homes and 8,900 structures were destroyed. Author Brian Fies's firsthand account of this tragic event is an honest, unflinching depiction of his personal experiences, including losing his house and every possession he and his wife had that didn't fit into the back of their car. In the days that followed, as the fires continued to burn through the area, Brian hastily pulled together A Fire Story and posted it online--it immediately went viral. He has now expanded his original webcomic to include environmental insight and the fire stories of his neighbors and others in his community. A Fire Story is a candid testimony of the wildfires that left homes destroyed, families broken, and a community determined to rebuild. The updated and expanded Fire Story is an affordably priced paperback of 192 pages, including 32 pages of all-new material, extending the story past the events of the hardcover edition to include updates on the rebuilding, wrestling with insurance, wrangling with contractors, the management of sometimes volatile emotions, and the threats of yet another wildfire.
“A Fire Story is a victim’s testimony as well as a journalistic endeavor." — Los Angeles Times
"Sometimes incorporating photographs and often communicating emotion with color, he affectingly relates the grief, rage, and powerlessness of losing one's home and possessions; each time he remembers another thing he's lost--home videos he'd been meaning to digitize, for instance--the pain feels brand-new again. Inviting, empathy-driven, and ultimately hopeful in the face of hardship." — Booklist, Starred Review
Brian Fies is a writer and cartoonist of the award-winning graphic novels Mom's Cancer and Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? Although he lost his home, he and his wife are rebuilding in Santa Rosa, California.