51Mr28RzDNL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_The Winona State University Common Book Project will feature “A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, A Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age.” by Matt Richtel as its 2016-17 common book.

Richtel’s book recounts the story of 19-year-old Reggie Shaw after he struck two scientists in a fatal car accident. Richtel’s writing weaves together Reggie’s story, the police investigation into the crash, the state’s prosecution of the case, and research on the science of attention.

Richtel’s book provides multiple perspectives on the car accident and provides a look into the complex view of the ways in which society uses technology and its effect thinking, behavior, and relationships.

“A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, A Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age.” was published in 2014 and was a New York Times bestseller. It has earned the title of Best Book of the Year by a variety of reviewers and publications. Richtel has worked for the New York Times since 2000, covering issues such as technology, gambling, identity theft, corporate espionage, and video games. Richtel won a Pulitzer Price for national reporting on his series on multitasking and driving in 2009.

He is scheduled to visit WSU at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, which includes a keynote address in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium.

“A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, A Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age.”will contribute to the 2016-17 university theme, “Old Questions and New Tools: Our Digital Humanity.”

For more information about the project, please contact Ann-Marie Dunbar at adunbar@winona.edu, or visit the Common Book website at www.winona.edu/commonbook.

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