Tuesday, November 08, 2011

In the News: David Vann and his new book, Last Day on Earth

David Vann's recently released book, LAST DAY ON EARTH, has been gaining attention in the news. Here are some highlights:
According to the Boston Globe, “Vann’s look at Kazmierczak is unflinching and careful.”

The Chicago Tribune comments that certain portions which “reflect Vann's sensitive reporting and deliberately understated storytelling style are superb.”

In an interview with Bullet Counter Points, David Vann answers questions about why he chose to turn his original Esquire article into a book on the NIU shooter.

BCS: Going back to your original article in Esquire, why did you decide to learn more about Steven Kazmierczak and the horrific mass shooting at NIU?

DV: I wanted to write an article about how armed suburban youth are. I inherited my father’s guns after he killed himself with a gun, when I was 13, and I led a double life in which I was a straight-A student by day, then wandering our neighborhood at night with his .300 magnum rifle (a rifle for hunting bears), shooting out streetlights and sighting in on the neighbors through their windows. I think it’s frightening how many kids and teens have access to guns in America, so I wanted to write about that. But my editor at Esquire suggested I look at Steve’s story, since he was an A student and everyone seemed very surprised by his shooting.

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Today, David Vann will be speaking at the Barnes and Noble in DeKalb, IL. In his interview with the Northern Star, Vann shares what kind of an event the audience should expect.

NS: You're coming to speak Nov. 8 at the Barnes and Noble in DeKalb. Can you tell me a little about what that event will entail?

DV: I tried to come speak at NIU and NIU didn't want me. So I'm going to the Barnes and Noble instead. I'm not looking forward to it, and I don't really want to do it. But I feel that I owe it to the community because for three years [NIU Police] Chief Donald Grady wouldn't release the report and the info and when he did releases the report it had lots of omissions and errors. It's not a good report; it doesn't tell you anything about the shooting. In fact, the federal report about the shooting just used my account, so my account is the only account of what happened. I feel that I owe it to the community to be there to answer questions...because I've seen everything; I've seen the whole file. And no one else has. So this is the one chance people have to ask questions.

Some other upcoming events for LAST DAY ON EARTH include:

Wed Nov 9, 2011
Chicago, IL: 57th Street Books

Thu Nov 10, 2011
Denver, CO: Tattered Cover Book Store

Sun Nov 13, 2011
Belmont, CA: Belmont Public Library

Mon Nov 14, 2011
Santa Rosa, CA: Santa Rosa High School

Tue Nov 15, 2011
San Francisco, CA: University of San Francisco Library

Wed Nov 16, 2011
Stanford, CA: Stanford University

Thu Nov 17, 2011
Santa Cruz, CA: UC-Santa Cruz