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‘Columbine’ author to speak on C of I campus

The College of Idaho will host guest speaker Dave Cullen, author of the bestselling book Columbine, on Monday, Sept. 9 inside Jewett Auditorium. Cullen, whose bestseller is the C of I’s first-year book for the 2013-2014 academic year, will speak and answer questions from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the entire campus community and the public.

Columbine, a haunting portrait of two killers and their victims, won the Edgar Award, Barnes & Noble's Discover Award and the Goodreads Choice Award amongst several others. It spent 13 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and made two dozen “Best of 2009” lists, including the New York Times, LA Times and Publishers Weekly. Columbine also was declared Top Education Book of 2009 by the American School Board Journal.

Cullen spent 10 years writing and researching Columbine. According to his website, Cullen was driven by two questions: why did the killers kill, and what became of the survivors? The surprise was that most of what we “know” is wrong. It wasn't about jocks, goths or the “Trenchcoat Mafia.” The killers didn't even see themselves as school shooters: their primary focus was bombing the school. Cullen lived in Denver while writing and researching the book. He moved to New York in 2010 and travels extensively to high schools and colleges. Cullen also has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, Times of London, Washington Post, Slate, Salon, Daily Beast and Guardian. For more info, visit

Each year, the C of I selects a First Year Theme to tie together a common reading – the First Year Book –and a series of campus events that serve to model intellectual engagement and to develop a sense of community among first-year students and the campus as a whole.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit