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Seamus McGraw

Award-winning journalist Seamus McGraw will be in conversation with Amye Archer on Monday, April 26 for a somber conversation about the epidemic of gun violence. They will be discussing McGaw's latest book FROM A TALLER TOWER, which has become more relevant than ever before. You don't want to miss this important discussion, which will be streamed to Facebook Live. Buy the book below.

We, as a nation, have become desensitized to the shock and pain in the wake of mass shootings. In the bottomless silence between gunshots, as political stalemate ensures inaction, the killing continues; the dying continues. From a Taller Tower attends to the silence that has left us empty in the aftermath of these atrocities. Veteran journalist Seamus McGraw chronicles the rise of the mass shooter to dismantle the myths we have constructed around the murderers and ourselves.

In 1966, America’s first mass shooter, from atop the University of Texas tower, unleashed a new reality: the fear that any of us may be targeted by a killer, and the complicity we bear in granting these murderers the fame or infamy they crave. Addressing individual cases in the epidemic that began in Austin, From a Taller Tower bluntly confronts our obsession with the shooters--and explores the isolation, narcissism, and sense of victimhood that fan their obsessions. Drawing on the experiences of survivors and first responders as well as the knowledge of mental health experts, McGraw challenges the notion of the “good guy with a gun,” the idolization of guns (including his own), and the reliability of traumatized memory. Yet in this terrible history, McGraw reminds us of the humanity that can stop the killing and the dying.

Seamus McGraw is  the  author  of  A  Thirsty  Land:  The  Fight  for  Water in Texas, The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone and Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate  Change.  His  award-winning  writing  has  also  appeared  in  the New York Times, Huffington Post, Playboy, Popular Mechanics, and Reader’s Digest.

Amye Archer is the co-editor of If I Don't Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings (Skyhorse) and the memoir, Fat Girl, Skinny. Amye writes, teaches, and mothers in Northeast PA. You can find her at www.amyearcher.com.

Monday, April 26th, 6:00PM
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From a Taller Tower: The Rise of the American Mass Shooter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477317181
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Texas Press - April 20th, 2021