Colorful Book Features Coast History on Page 13

Connie Heitzman and Janie Koch have teamed up to publish a book dedicated to South Mississippi before and after Katrina.

The book is titled Gulf Coast Memory Scrapbook: A Pictorial Journey of Hope and Healing.

"We wanted to do an uplifting book" says Heitzman.

Inside the book, you'll find the works of some of the coast's best known artists, along with little stories about the coast's past.

"We were so lucky to get the artists to let us use their work," says Koch.

Both Connie and Janie lost so much in Katrina and have since rebuilt their homes and lives. The co-authors are now traveling around South Mississippi and appearing at book signings.

The book captures the coast's collective journey of hope and healing after Katrina turned our lives upside down.