Carolyn Brewer Discusses Her New Book Caught Ever After: Children of the Ruskin Heights Tornado
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September 14, 2011
p>On the evening of May 20, 1957, an F-5 tornado tore into the communities of Ottawa and Spring Hill, Kansas, and MartinCity, Grandview, Hickman Mills, and Ruskin Heights, Missouri. The storm left 39 people dead and 531 injured. More than 840 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.
Author Carolyn Brewer tells the story of the tragic event, as well as the rebuilding effort and the lasting effect the tornado has had on those who lived through it, on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
In May 2007, Brewer attended a 50-year reunion and memorial rededication. There she collected first-person narratives from several survivors. Those narratives are included in her new book Caught Ever After: Children of the Ruskin Heights Tornado.
Brewer, herself a survivor of the 1957 tornado, is also the author of Caught In the Path: A Tornado's Fury, a Community's Rebirth.
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