The following news release was issued Thursday.
A new digital eBook shows pictures from the night of the May 22, 2011 tornado, the destruction of Joplin, and the rebuilding process. It tells stories of survival, the heart and spirit of Joplin, and a personal narrative from the week of the tornado. The book will go on sale May 21, 2012 at www.joplintornadobook.com.
After helping with search and rescue efforts, some of the pictures that author Grant Deardorff took the night of the tornado were shown on CNN and MSNBC. Grant received a lot of positive feedback from the pictures, and spent the year after the tornado taking pictures of Joplin, conducting interviews, and creating a digital book.
The book, titled \"The Heart of Joplin-The Joplin Tornado\", has more than 360 pictures and five chapters in 272 pages. It is intended to document the events surrounding the 2011 Joplin tornado for current and future generations. \"I made this book so that in the years to come I would be able to remember exactly what happened the night of the tornado, and be able to share that with my children,\" said author Grant Deardorff.
The goal of the book is to honor survivors, remember those lost, and recognize the volunteer work and donations that make up the heart and spirit of Joplin. Each book will sell for $14.95, and five dollars of each sale will be donated back to help the people and city of Joplin. \"I want this book to be about remembering and healing, and I also want it to be a way to raise more money to help the people and the city rebuild,\" said Grant.
The website, www.joplintornadobook.com, features sample pages of the book, and has a section where Joplin residents can read tornado stories and share their stories regarding the Joplin tornado.
Grant Deardorff is a resident of Webb City that helped with search and rescue and volunteered after the Joplin tornado. He has had photographs published, but this is his first book publication.