Media Release


John Newport, PhD, Author and Social Commentator
Tucson, AZ
Phone: 520-742-1880 | Mobile: 714-809-8003
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Tucson, AZ
September 13, 2011

Book Release – The Tucson Tragedy: Lessons from
the Senseless Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords

Tucson-based author Dr. John Newport and Outskirts Press are pleased to announce release of the timely documentary The Tucson Tragedy: Lessons from the Senseless Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords (ISBN 978-1-4327-7607-7). The 5.5 x 8.5 178-page paperback in the History/United States/21st Century category is available worldwide on book retail websites such as Amazon and Barnes &, and at trade bookstores across the country via wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker and Taylor. The suggested retail price is $16.95. The website was launched concurrently with the book’s publication.

About the Book

The Tucson Tragedy: Lessons from the Senseless Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords is a fast reading, riveting book that portrays the human side of the January 8, 2011 tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others – and the healing that is taking place.

Written by a Tucsonan living a few blocks from the site of the shooting who is an ardent fan of “Gabby”, The Tucson Tragedy takes readers right to the scene and into the hearts and minds of the victims and their families, the heroes, the assailant and everyone else impacted by this heart-retching tragedy.

Without politicizing or sensationalizing the event and its far-reaching repercussions, this book renders a soul-searching treatment of the underlying dynamics and lessons to be learned from this ghastly event.

Topics covered include: A Day Marked by Unspeakable Tragedy, A Day Marked by Unparalleled Heroism, The Healing Begins, Gabrielle Giffords: A Highly Effective and Compassionate Public Servant, The Suspect: A Study in Psychological Tragedy, The Fallen: We Must Not Let Them Die in Vain, and Moving Forward.

A portion of sales proceeds will be donated to charities directly involved in promoting healing of the Tucson community, our nation and our nation’s people in the wake of the shooting.

About the Author

John Newport is an author, speaker and social commentator who lives in Tucson and loves the city and its people. A prolific writer with doctorates in psychology and public health, he writes from the heart and has published three books (including The Wellness-Recovery Connection, HCI Books) and over 200 articles focusing on personal and societal wellness, self-help and spirituality. He is also a featured columnist for Counselor magazine and frequently contributes letters and opinion pieces addressing pressing social issues to the Arizona Daily Star, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, The Therapist and other publications.

Media Interviews

Dr. John Newport, author of The Tucson Tragedy, is available for interviews on TV, radio and with the print media. To reach him see the contact info posted at the top of this release.