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California Disasters
It is often said that California has four seasons: drought, flood, fire, and earthquakes. The Golden State has experienced an abundance of disasters in its history. Author Phyllis J. Perry discusses her new book California Disasters: True Stories of Golden State Tragedies and Triumphs and highlights major events—such as the snow-trapped Donner Party of 1846 and the unforgettable San Francisco earthquake and fires of 1906—as well as less familiar wrecks, tsunamis, dust storms, fires, floods, and collapsed bridges and dams. Perry points out that although disasters usually bring loss, they sometimes also bring hard-won knowledge that may prevent future tragedies. Out of each disaster, there are acts of heroism, bravery, and compassion as individuals and groups attempt to aid victims in need.

Phyllis J. Perry grew up in Grass Valley, a small gold-mining town in Northern California. After earning her bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley, she was an elementary school teacher in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. She went on to study education, earning her master's degree at San Francisco State University and her doctorate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Phyllis worked for twenty years in the Boulder Valley Schools as a teacher, building principal, and director of talented & gifted education. Perry retired to write full-time. She is an award-winning author of ninety-five fiction and nonfiction books for both children and adults. She is a member of the Colorado Authors' League and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Aug 2, 2022 05:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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