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MAC'S BACKS COMIX HAPPY HOUR DISCUSSES A FIRE STORY

Mac's Backs Comix Happy Hour discusses A Fire Story by Brian Fies.

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 and 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 is now expanding his original webcomic to include environmental insight and the fire stories of his neighbors and others in his community. A Fire Story is an honest account of the wildfires that left homes destroyed, families broken, and a community determined to rebuild.

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.

"Fies' personal, journalistic writing is more than matched by his massively appealing, bright, and pleasantly old-school comics style . . . 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

"'On Monday, my house disappeared, ' begins this quietly devastating graphic memoir . . . Despite the pain he and his wife endure sifting through the ashes, Fies goes light on sentimentality, instead focusing on the realities of surviving the crisis and rebuilding literally from the ground up . . . Without pleading or preaching, this affecting record guides readers through the experience of enormous loss, then out through the other side."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

The book is available at Mac's Backs or through our website, www.macsbacks.com, at the 20% book club discount.

Event date: 
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
A Fire Story Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419735851
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 5th, 2019