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.”

- Kirkus Reviews

“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."

- Gary Robertson, Richmond Magazine

 

Former RTD editor looks at long, hard road of healing in ‘After Virginia Tech’

Bill Lohmann, Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 15, 2019

“Journalist’s new book examines Virginia Tech”

Amy Friedenberger, The Roanoke Times, May 7, 2019

Kapsidelis tells victims’ stories and what happened next to survivors, families, first responders and others — and where the political system failed them.

Marsha Mercer column, Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 1, 2019

Gordon C. Morse column: “In search of a solution on guns”

The Virginian-Pilot, June 9, 2019

Wilford Kale column: “A saga worthy of the memory of those 27 students and five faculty”

The Virginia Gazette, July 5, 2019

Interview with Warren Fiske

WCVE-Richmond, May 15, 2019

HearSay interview with Cathy Lewis

WHRV-Norfolk, June 19, 2019

A look back at Virginia’s one-gun-a-month law

Whittney Evans, WCVE, July 8, 2019

Capitol Chat with Jeff E. Schapiro

Richmond-Times Dispatch Podcasts


Q&A: After Virginia Tech, survivors advocated for tighter gun laws

Instead they’ve gotten looser.

The Virginia Mercury, June 7, 2019

UMD officials want to be ready for a campus shooting. Here’s what they’re doing.

The Diamondback, University of Maryland, May 20, 2019

Inside Higher ED Author Interview

April 18, 2019

“Journalist publishes new stories from Tech shooting in ‘After Virginia Tech’”

Collegiate Times, April 15, 2019

“Southern Discomfort: Journalist Explore Guns and Drugs”

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. 

“Virginia Tech shooting survivor, journalist reflect on loss and healing.”

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)