Signing: Bob Stilger

In the pitch black, early-morning hours of March 11, 2011, Bob Stilger's phone rang. His daughter, Annie, calling from New Zealand, told him about the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that rumbled through the Pacific Ocean to strike the northeast coast of Japan. Forty-five minutes later, a 50-foot high tsunami traveling more than 50 mph hit the shoreline, destroying everything it touched. The next day, Fukushima's nuclear reactors exploded. Within hours, 20,000 people lost their lives, and another 500,000 people were displaced with no homes, no jobs, and little food. 

AfterNow is the story of what happened after the Triple Disasters. How did the people victim to these tragedies move forward? How did they remember the ones who died? How did they prepare and protect themselves for the next disaster? Stilger answers those questions and more in the pages of his book, weaving together his experiences, the collective Japanese culture, and the stories in between. 

Stilger was born in Portland, OR and is the author of one other book titled, When We Can't See the Future, Where Do We Begin (Eiji Press, 2015)? He is founder and co-president of New Stories, a group of like-minded community members who share stories that inspire cooperation and respect. He lives in Spokane with his wife, Susan, and they have one grown daughter, Annie. Discover more about Bob and his mission at

Event date: 
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 1:30pm
Event address: 
Auntie's Bookstore
402 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201