Authors Fernanda Santos and Robin Whiteplume will be at Wind City Books from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday to sign their books about fires and the people who battle them.
Whiteplume’s book “Sho-Rap Highway” tells the historical account of Native American firefighting crews of the Wind River Reservation. The tale is the result of six years of research from library documents including newspaper clippings, archived materials and trips to Jackson and Cody. Whiteplume is a Wyoming author who lives in Lander and worked as a firefighter and crew boss with the group.
“The Sho-Rap story is more than just about firefighting but the struggles to adapt to a changing world around the Wind River Reservation,” according to a news release about the book.
Santos’ book, “The Fire Line,” is the story of the 20 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who fought what would become the deadliest wildland fire in recent U.S. history. Only one of the men survided the 2013 fire outside of Yarnell, Arizona. According to Wind City’s website, the book won the 2017 Spur Award for Best First Nonfiction Book.
“The Hotshots’ is a story of collective heroism — strong, capable and ambitious men who aimed for team gold, not individual glory,” according to Santos’ website. “The book offers a portrait of the lives they lived, the risks they faced and the struggles they endured to balance their dedication to their families, to a crew that gave them purpose and to the job that ultimately took their lives.”
Santos worked as the Phoenix bureau chief for the New York Times for more than 10 years before taking a job this summer as a journalism professor at Arizona State University. “The Fire Line” is her first book.