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Forthcoming books prefigure media deluge for Columbine's tenth anniversary

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Brace yourselves: The tenth anniversary of the attack on Columbine High School arrives this April -- and it will be accompanied by a media avalanche that will hopefully add enough perspective about these horrific events to at least partially offset the pain many locals will feel at being forced to relive one of the grimmest periods in metro Denver's history. The book likely to receive the most attention is Columbine by Dave Cullen, a local author whose writings about the killings have appeared in Salon and other nationally known media outlets. The tome is being issued by Twelve Books, an innovative, and relatively new, publishing company that puts out one book per month, thereby allowing the firm to put all of its resources behind a single project. Christopher Buckley's Supreme Courtship is among the house's success stories thus far -- and it's already contracted with ailing senator Ted Kennedy to publish his autobiography.

Jeff Kass, a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, won't have nearly as much muscle behind his forthcoming account, Columbine: A True Crime Story, a paperback on the list of smallish Ghost Road Press. But he's getting a boost from a onetime colleague: Brian Crecente, who currently does much of the heavy lifting for the video-game website Kotaku. Crecente, who was featured in the January 26 blog "Former Staffers Offer Contrasting Takes on the Rocky Mountain News' Troubles," recently wrote "New Columbine Book Touches on Gaming Connections," an item accompanied by a lengthy excerpt from the book, which spotlights a class paper Eric Harris wrote about the game Doom.

Read the preview here. It'll help you get prepared for the onslaught to come.

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