"Beautiful Things Come From Our Brokenness" is the theme of this evening's special program, a fund-raiser to benefit the new Alberta School of Performing Arts. Alberta Elementary School was destroyed by the EF4 tornado that struck Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011. (Thankfully, after school had been dismissed.) The students were absorbed by other schools while a new school with an innovative arts curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities was built, adding a new element to Tuscaloosa's public schools.
Mayor Walt Maddox will give the opening speech, highlighting the unexpected good things that would not have come about had the tornado not struck Tuscaloosa. The author will give a brief reading, then will moderate a panel of characters from the book (all of them with a tie to Tuscaloosa). James Spann will close the evening.
Barnes & Noble will donate 10% of tonight's book sales to Alberta School of Performing Arts. There may be a silent auction and/or other ways to donate (all proceeds of which will benefit the school). The author would like to raise $5,000 for this great new school.
The author will give a special "story behind the story" presentation about the book and the 2011 storm featuring maps, videos, and photos of characters. Special Guest James Spann will join her on stage for the second half of the program. Books-A-Million will be selling books, and a signing will follow the talk. A portion of the proceeds of book sales tonight (and at every BAM event) will be donated to the memorial funds of Danielle Downs, Will Stevens, and Loryn Brown.