Fairewinds Energy Education's Summer FUNdraiser Raffle

Close Your Eyes, Hold Your Hands

For the month of June, all who donate $60 or more to Fairewinds will be entered to win a copy of our book of the month, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, signed by the author Chris Bohjalian, Fairewinds President Maggie Gundersen, and Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen. Recurring donors who contribute $5/mo. or more to Fairewinds will also be eligible to win a book!
Books will be sent out in July to the winners of this Summer FUNdraiser Raffle.

 This is an important time for Fairewinds because a gracious donor will give us $3 for every dollar you contribute. That means your $100 donation becomes $300, or a $50 donation is actually $150. The success of this June fundraiser begins and ends with you. So please, click the Support Our Site (SOS) button and make a donation. And, thank you - from all of us on the Fairewinds crew!

About the Book:

Close Your Eyes and Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

Fairewinds Acknowledgement:

I want to begin by thanking … people whose work is dramatically more important than anything I do…. There is the leadership team at Fairewinds energy education, Arnie and Maggie Gundersen. Arnie was an atomic energy commission fellow and a licensed reactor operator who, as a senior vice president, managed or coordinated projects at 70 nuclear power plants across America. Maggie worked in public information and executive recruitment in the nuclear power industry. Today, through Fairewinds, they strive to educate the public and legislative tors about the realities of nuclear power and the issues with aging plants around the world. They volunteered enormous amounts of their time to teach me about the dangers of nuclear power, how plant works, and what Emily’s father’s life might have been like. I am encourage you to visit the Fairewinds website, where you can learn more about nuclear power and finding extensive bibliography.

Brief Summary:

Washington PostSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best Book of the Year 
Emily Shepard is on the run; the nuclear plant where her father worked has suffered a cataclysmic meltdown, and all fingers point to him. Now, orphaned, homeless, and certain that she's a pariah, Emily's taken to hiding out on the frigid streets of Burlington, Vermont, creating a new identity inspired by her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. 
Then she meets Cameron. Nine years old and with a string of foster families behind him, he sparks something in Emily, and she protects him with a fierceness she did not know she possessed. But when an emergency threatens the fledgling home she's created, Emily realizes that she can't hide forever.

Author Chris Bohjalian and Fairewinds President Maggie Gundersen discuss, "What if a nuclear disaster destroyed your life?"


 It would not take an atomic bomb laced with lethal doses of radiation to contaminate your homeland, and cause such chaos. When nuclear power plants fail and nuclear reactors experience leaks, explosions, and overheat, radiation is carried by the wind and contamination and chaos ensue. Since Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, Chernobyl in the Ukraine, and now the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown in Japan the lives of thousands of innocent people have been turned upside down and destroyed due to nuclear power risks becoming reality.

  In the latest video feature from Fairewinds Energy Education entitled: What's life after nuclear disaster? , Fairewinds’ President Maggie Gundersen and award winning Vermont author Chris Bohjalian, discuss what life would be like if a nuclear meltdown occurred at a nuclear power plant in Vermont.  In his most recent novel, Close Your Eyes and Hold Hands, Chris uses Vermont as the scene of a nuclear meltdown as seen through the eyes and experiences of 16-year old Emily Shepard, who is orphaned by the catastrophe, Bohjalian’s readers are drawn into the hardships and uncertainty that accompany a nuclear tragedy. With a haunting reality, Bohjalian creates images for his readers of the life currently being lived by the victims of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown, and previously experienced by the victims of the meltdowns at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. 


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