Matthew Lysiak To Publish ‘Newtown: An American Tragedy’

By Jason Boog Comment


Journalist Matthew Lysiak has landed a book deal for Newtown: An American Tragedy.

Gallery Books will publish the nonfiction account on December 10, 2013, the book coming out nearly one year after Adam Lanza’s horrific attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Martin Literary & Media Management president Sharlene Martin negotiated the deal. Gallery Books publisher Jennifer Bergstrom acquired the book in a “in a significant deal.” Tricia Boczkowski will edit.

Here’s more from the release:

Drawing on hundreds of interviews and a decade’s worth of emails from Lanza’s mother to close friends that chronicled his slow slide into mental illness, Newtown pieces together the perfect storm that led to this unspeakable act of violence that shattered so many lives. Newtown explores the two central theories that have permeated the media since the attack: some claim Lanza suffered from severe mental illness, while others insist that, far from being a random act of insanity, this was a meticulously thought out, premeditated attack at least two years in the making by a violent video-gamer so obsessed with “glory kills” and researching mass murderers that he was willing to go to any length to attain the top score.

A portion of Lysiak’s proceeds and advance will go to the Avielle Foundation.