Join us in welcoming Susan Christianson to the Readings Gallery!
Flying With Wings: A True Story of an Alaska Aircraft Accident, plunges readers into the depths of a 1994 DeHavilland Otter floatplane disaster in Alaska's Taku River. This story intertwines the adrenaline-pumping urgency of the crash and the determination of the Wings of Alaska pilots to rescue survivors. But this is not a story mired in sorrow. It captures the spirit of human resilience, especially epitomized by one survivor's return two decades later, seeking understanding and closure from the place that took her loved ones. The book honestly explores the root cause behind the accident overlooked by governmental authorities more focused on assigning blame than finding the true cause and improving airline safety. A purpose in its telling is to help prevent the far-too-many aviation accidents still happening across Alaska and the United States.
Susan Stark Christianson, author of Flying With Wings: A True Story of an Alaska Aircraft Accident, is an award-winning author and journalist. She is the owner of Christianson Communications and founder of the Women's Voices Project. Susan served as an advertising and communications consultant for numerous state and federal agencies and private businesses. Her work included helping to prepare Emergency Response Plans for the aviation industry. She is also the author of the book Women's Voices: The Wisdom of the Grandmothers and the producer and director of the award-winning documentary film The Wisdom of the Grandmothers, which aired on PBS and FNX stations around the country. She is currently producing and directing the documentary film Indigenous Prophecy Today, interviews with wisdom keepers around the world. In 2018, Susan was honored to receive the Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship Award to support her work. She is a proud mother of two daughters and a grandmother to two wonderful boys.