Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 10.17.36 AMWSU’s Common Book Project announces its 2016-17 Common Book will be “A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention,” by Matt Richtel.

As part of the project, Richtel will be on the WSU’s campus for an interview from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Haake Hall Conference Room and again for a panel discussion on distracted driving and his book from 3 to 4 p.m., in Stark 103. He will give a keynote speech titled “Confessions of a Phone Slave: Technology, Addiction and Driving” at 7 p.m. in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall.

The book follows the story of 19-year- old Reggie Shaw after he struck and killed two scientists in a car accident. The story combines Reggie’s story, the investigation and prosecution and the research on the science of attention.

Published in 2014, Richtel’s book was a New York Times bestseller and has earned the title of “Book of the Year” by a variety of reviewers and publications.

Richtel has worked for the New York Times since 2000, covering technology, gambling, identity theft, corporate espionage and video games. He has been awarded a Pulitzer Price for national reporting on driving and multitasking in 2009.

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