Author event and giveaway: Amanda Padoan
Amanda Padoan was a lawyer when her brother died in 2003. In order to find peace after his death, she headed out and climbed mountains for six months, getting to know many of the people and the culture of climbing. Four years later, she was on bed rest, waiting the birth of her second child, when eleven men died climbing K2, the second highest mountain in the world. When Amanda discovered that a friend of hers died in the tragedy, she started following the story and was dismayed to see that media focused its attention on westerners and ignored the indigenous people who act as porters for the climbers.
Amanda discovered an act of heroism by Chhiring Sherpa and wanted to tell his story and the story of the Sherpa people. Since she had a newborn, she enlisted the aid of her cousin, Peter Zuckerman, and together they wrote Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2′s Deadliest Day. Proceeds from the book go to a trust fund for children of high altitude porters who died.
Sherpas are an ethnic group in the Himalayas whose bodies have adapted to living at the top of the world. Many of them are named by the day of the week and have the last name Sherpa so doing research on individuals can prove to be difficult. Chhiring Sherpa became a porter at a young age to support his family. He’s climbed Mt. Everest 12 times – even doing it 2 times in 3 week period. He was an experienced climber who became a hero when the unimaginable occurred.
Amanda told the audience about mountain climbing and the Sherpas and everyone there found it fascinating. If the book is half as interesting as her presentation, it’s sure to be wonderful.
UPDATE: I got a wonderful email from Amanda and she provided me with the picture of her, Chhiring, and the ice ax he used to save someone’s life. She also offered to send one of my readers a copy of BURIED IN THE SKY autographed by her and Chhiring!! That means two of my readers will win copies of the book! The first number drawn will receive the copy autographed by Amanda and Chhiring and the second number drawn will receive the copy autographed by Amanda only.
I got Amanda to autograph a copy of Buried in the Sky for one lucky reader. To enter to win an autographed copy of BURIED IN THE SKY, simply fill out the entry form. Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please. I will use random.org to determine the winner.Contest ends at midnight EDT Saturday, August 18, 2012. Winner will be announced on Sunday, August 19, 2012. Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.