Former ghostwriter Brad Bechler was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Although he has life-long memories of his home state, none of them are more vivid than the fateful day of August 29, 2005. That was the day that the lives of many people in New Orleans and Mississippi were forever changed by Hurricane Katrina, including Brad’s. With over 1,800 lives claimed and approximately 78,000 homes destroyed, Katrina is by far “the largest natural disaster in the history of the United States.”
Although this tragic day seems to be fading in the memories of American History, Brad is working diligently to make sure this does not happen. His newly released book, When Will the Sky Fall?, is one way of keeping the memory alive. “My primary focus is to get the book out to the mainstream while preserving the memory of the tragedy, victims, survivors, and revelations resulting from this epic storm.” He is certain that readers will be mesmerized by this poetic documentary that reads like a novel. He likened his book to “a song that told the story – a deeply seeded vision of solidarity and liberation.” He shared that “Hurricane Katrina compelled me to render the world on a poetic canvass because the souls of the people who perished and survived needed a voice, a non-threatening one.”
Brad released his book this year in honor of the 4th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In fact, it is dedicated to all of the families that survived the wrath of this brutal storm. His goal is to give 100,000 signed copies to the families of survivors through the public school system. Proceeds from book sales will go to a college scholarship fund for child survivors of the tragedy. Applicants only have to prove that they were survivors. He wants to bless approximately 3,000 children with scholarships this year. Thus, he is seeking private matching funds to reach his goal.
In addition to highlighting the pain and power of survival, When Will the Sky Fall? speaks on race and class in America. Hurricane Katrina was the event that showed the world how Americans really felt about these two topics. Excerpts from this compelling work can be read on his website at http://www.bradbechler.com.
Due to the enlightening content of When Will the Sky Fall?, it hit book stores six weeks before the scheduled release date. It can be found online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million. However, signed books with personalized poems can be purchased for $49.99 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. Signed books without personalized poems are also available for $24.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. Visit http://www.bradbechler.com to purchase personalized books by July 12, 2009.