PRAISE & MEDIA COVERAGE FOR “AFTER VIRGINIA TECH”
“Well-researched and clearly written, [the] book's major accomplishment is the author's exploration of the healing process.... Too many accounts of murderous rampages fail to offer long-term insights into the trauma faced by survivors, but Kapsidelis provides useful information on the topic, including discussions of 'gun violence as a health issue.'... An important book for policymakers and those interested in the continuing, depressingly widespread instances of gun violence.”
“Kapsidelis tells the story of mass shootings unwaveringly from the perspective of survivors. His voice is quiet, empathetic, sensitive, trustworthy, accurate, and never overwrought, conveying empathy without pathos. Kapsidelis’s account of the actual day of the shooting, and the shooting itself, is brilliant. At a time when guns are posited as the only way to preserve life and safety, the events at Virginia Tech suggest that there are other means of survival and heroism.”
- Pamela Haag, author of The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture
"It's not a blood-soaked, minute-by-minute account of what many have called a massacre. Instead, Kapsidelis tells the story of the Virginia Tech shootings and their aftermath through the eyes and voices of the survivors."
Bill Lohmann, Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 15, 2019
Amy Friedenberger, The Roanoke Times, May 7, 2019
Marsha Mercer column, Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 1, 2019
The Virginian-Pilot, June 9, 2019
The Virginia Gazette, July 5, 2019
WCVE-Richmond, May 15, 2019
WHRV-Norfolk, June 19, 2019
Whittney Evans, WCVE, July 8, 2019
Richmond-Times Dispatch Podcasts
The Virginia Mercury, June 7, 2019
The Diamondback, University of Maryland, May 20, 2019
April 18, 2019
Collegiate Times, April 15, 2019
Virginia Festival of the Book Panel
A video of a panel discussion with Tom Kapsidelis and Pam Kelley, author of Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South.
ABC 13 coverage of a National Press Club event on April 4, 2019, featuring Kristina Anderson and Tom Kapsidelis.
Above images (from left): Colin Goddard speaking at a gun safety rally at Richmond's Capitol Square in 2008 (Steve Helber, Associated Press); Virginia Tech's War Memorial Chapel offers a place for reflection on the university's Drillfield (photo by the author); Kristina Anderson at Virginia Tech's April 16 Memorial (photo by Samuel Granillo, Columbine Survivor)