An Afternoon with Author Al Roker
Author and NBC’s Today Show TV personality Al Roker, author of The Storm of the Century, will speak on Saturday, October 10, as part of the author series sponsored by the Friends of the CSU Libraries and the Poudre River Friends of the Library.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Colorado State University’s Center for the Arts
Remington and Lake Streets
Fort Collins, CO
Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.
A book signing and sales will follow the program.
Purchase a copy of The Storm of the Century ($27.99) and receive two tickets.
Single tickets can be purchased for $17.
In The Storm of the Century, Roker tells the fascinating tale and humanizing account of how Galveston, Texas had its future completely changed in the course of a single evening, testing the resolve of a stunned nation.
On the afternoon of September 8, 1900, 200-mile-per-hour winds and fifteen-foot waves slammed into Galveston, a prosperous and growing port city on Texas’ Gulf Coast. By dawn the next day, when the storm had passed, the city that had existed was gone. Survivors emerged to witness a level of destruction never seen before: more than 8,000 corpses and buildings lifted from their foundations. In less than 24 hours, one storm destroyed a major U.S. city and awakened a nation to the terrifying power of nature.
Roker adds depth and detail to the story by bringing events to life through moment-by-moment accounts of people who survived – grocer Arnold Wolfram, schoolteacher Daisy Thorne, police chief Edwin Ketchum – while shedding light on the environmental factors that shaped the hurricane.
Readers will learn of:
- The refusal of the U.S. Weather Bureau to heed the warnings of Cuban weather forecasters who predicted the severity of the storm.
- The desperate measures of people struggling to survive.
- The media frenzy caused by the storm- with Pulitzer and Hearst competing for scoops while funneling money and volunteers into clean-up and recovery efforts.
- The legendary Clara Barton, at age 78, leading a fundraising effort as her final mission for the Red Cross.
Al Roker is the co-host and weather anchor of NBC’s The Today Show, and the co-host of The Weather Channel’s Wake Up with Al. Throughout the years, Roker has reported live for Today from some of history’s worst storms and natural disasters. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the recipient of numerous awards. He is also the author of seven novels, mysteries and cookbooks.
More about Al Roker
- Author Series