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2015-16 Campus Read

Book cover of A Deadly WanderingA Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

By Matt Richtel

From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel, the book is an exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006.

A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention examines the impact of technology on our lives through the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving, and follows Reggie through the tragedy, the police investigation, his prosecution, and ultimately, his redemption. The book interweaves Reggie’s story with cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains, proposing solid, practical, and actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society. A Deadly Wandering explores one of the biggest questions of our time – what is all of our technology doing to us?


Campus Read Events

Reggie Shaw Campus Visit

  • Date: March 10, 2016
  • Time: 6pm – 7pm
  • Location: Multipurpose Classroom, MPCB 101

Matt Richtel Campus Visit

  • Date: November 9, 2015
  • Time: 6pm – 7pm
  • Jordan Ballroom, SUB

Campus Read Day

  • Date: October 1, 2015
  • Time: 11am – 2pm
  • On the Quad

Campus Read Kick-Off Event

  • Date: April 7, 2015
  • Time: 1:30pm – 3pm
  • Albertsons Library

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Reader’s Corner with Bob Kustra

Reader’s Corner is a weekly radio show hosted by Boise State University President Bob Kustra that features lively conversations with some of the nation’s leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today.


Library Research Guide

Albertsons Library has created resources to assist in exploration of this incredible story.

Find the car!  Locate the plush toy hidden inside the library and win a prize (ask a Librarian how).