As Arizona approaches its centennial, another anniversary looms: one year since 19 people, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, were shot at a public event on the north edge of Tucson. On Monday, January 9, author Tom Zoellner (a friend of Giffords and her family) will appear at Tempe's Changing Hands to speak about and sign A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America.
Part of our collective grief after a tragic event we couldn't foresee or control is the nagging feeling that we could have helped prevent it. Zoellner's wide-ranging, exhaustively researched but also deeply personal book, released on December 29, shares that pain, along with his thoughts on the paths of human behavior that converged on that fateful morning.
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Mon., Jan. 9, 7 p.m., 2012