Virtual Author Reading

Author Katherine Standefer

Wednesday, November 18th
7:00 PM

Join us Wednesday, November 18th at 7pm as author Katherine Standefer reads from her debut memoir Lightening Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life. Katherine will share her experience and read from her captivating memoir, and will answer a few questions from the audience.

Sponsored in part by Jackson Hole Writers and University of Wyoming MFA Program.


Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life

What if a lifesaving medical device causes loss of life along its supply chain? That's the question Katherine E. Standefer finds herself asking one night after being suddenly shocked by her implanted cardiac defibrillator.

In this gripping, intimate memoir about health, illness, and the invisible reverberating effects of our medical system, Standefer recounts the astonishing true story of the rare diagnosis that upended her rugged life in the mountains of Wyoming and sent her tumbling into a fraught maze of cardiology units, dramatic surgeries, and slow, painful recoveries. As her life increasingly comes to revolve around the internal defibrillator freshly wired into her heart, she becomes consumed with questions about the supply chain that allows such an ostensibly miraculous device to exist. So she sets out to trace its materials back to their roots.

From the sterile labs of a medical device manufacturer in southern California to the tantalum and tin mines seized by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to a nickel and cobalt mine carved out of endemic Madagascar jungle, Lightning Flowers takes us on a global reckoning with the social and environmental costs of a technology that promises to be lifesaving but is, in fact, much more complicated.

Deeply personal and sharply reported, Lightning Flowers takes a hard look at technological mythos, healthcare, and our cultural relationship to medical technology, raising important questions about our obligations to one another, and the cost of saving one life.

Copies of Lightning Flowers are available at Jackson Hole Book Trader and at

This is a free event. Join us on Zoom: 922 1921 3769 , Passcode 396159