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June 22, 2015

On June 14, 2015, Stephen and Joyce Singular received a good review for their new book, The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter And The Epidemic Of Mass Violence Committed By American Youth, in The Sunday Denver Post’s Arts and Entertainment section. See link below:

Steve, Joyce, and Eric Singular will be speaking at 7p Monday 6/22 at the Tattered Cover east Colfax location about The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter And The Epidemic Of Mass Violence Committed By American Youth. This is the first book co-authored by Steve and Joyce and their son, Eric, was an integral part of shaping the book. This is not true crime, but a sociological study of the Millennial generation which has produced most of the mass shooters. The book focuses on many cultural elements, including the video game industry, violent entertainment, the over-prescription of drugs, and mental illness, all of which surround the tragedy in Aurora.

On 5/11, Stephen and Joyce were interviewed by CU News Corp which is covering the Aurora Theater Shooting trial.

On 5/12, the couple were interviewed for “The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter And The Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth” via Skype by Investigative Journalist, Diane Dimond for Talk Center America in NYC.

On 5/13, Stephen was interviewed by Colorado Public Radio about the The Spiral Notebook and the ongoing trial. The following evening the couple spoke on these subjects at the Denver Press Club. See pre-publication reviews of the book below. The book will be released on 6/9/15.

On 9/16/14 Stephen appeared on ABC’s 20/20 with Deborah Roberts and discussed the 2014 murder of Aspen heiress, Nancy Pfister, by a prominent Denver anesthesiologist. Stephen and Joyce had been hired as consultants on the case by ABC News. This case is the basis of their new book.  See The Aspen Daily News story: http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/163872 .   The book will be published by St. Martin’s Press and will explore the themes of class stratification in Aspen and the surprising legal resolution of the murder. Dr. William Styler III pleaded guilty to the crime, raising more questions than answers.

The Singulars, represented by William Morris Endeavor (WME),  have recently finished a book about James Holmes, who carried out the largest mass shooting in American history in July 2012 at the Aurora movie theater. The Spiral Notebook, published by Counterpoint Press, will examine the entire mass shooting phenomenon, including gun control, mental health, video games, neuroscience, the death penalty, doctor/patient confidentiality, and will offer a variety of perspectives from the twenty-something generation that’s driven much of this violence.

A pre-publication review of the book by Kirkus, with a star, said:

“An investigation into the plague of violence engulfing a generation of American youth. When Stephen Singular (The Wichita Divide: The Murder of Dr. George Tiller and the Battle over Abortion, 2011, etc.) and his wife, Joyce, set out to write a book about James Holmes, who in 2012, walked into an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater where he killed 12 people and wounded another 58, they had no idea how little information about the case would be available to them. But they used the lack of accessible material as a starting point, with Aurora as the ever present backdrop rather than the sole subject. The spiral notebook of the title, a diary kept by Holmes, was presumed to hold the reasons behind the attack, but a court order kept it sealed from the public. With Holmes’ motives obscured, the Singulars went in search of answers by exploring the nationwide epidemic of mass shootings. They spent time talking to their own 20-something son before embarking on a quest to engage with millennials in conversations about the tragic commonality of school shootings and other violent acts. The result is a disturbing yet fascinating treatise on the impacts of growing up in a world that previous generations would barely recognize. While violent video games get their due, the authors also pinpoint widely prescribed drugs, the pressures of social media, a world at war, and more. What makes this book special is that for every theory they present, the Singulars reference not only experts in psychology, sociology, crime, and other fields, but also 20-somethings, whose opinions seem at once benign in their simplicity and also imbued with the ability to shatter the worlds of their peers. These acts may never be fully understood, but this work certainly helps the process along. Tragic, gripping, and authentic, this book deserves a wide audience.”

                 A pre-publication review of the book by Booklist, with a star, said:

The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth.
Singular, Stephen (Author) and Singular, Joyce (Author)
Jul 2015. 320 p. Counterpoint, hardcover, $26. (9781619025349). 363.32.

 

STARRED REVIEW

Husband-and-wife investigative reporters and veterans of the crime beat, the Singulars were compelled to look at violence from their perspective as parents when James Holmes, a young man dressed as a commando, killed 12 people and injured 58 others in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012. The Singulars have a son about Holmes’ age who, unlike them, was not so surprised by the shooter’s actions. The Singulars offer a harrowing look at the crime and the courtroom drama. They explore the complex legal battles, particularly over the issue of Holmes’ sanity and a spiral notebook that might hold the key to determining his state of mind. Was the notebook, mailed to his psychiatrist, protected by doctor-patient confidentiality, or, having been found in the course of the investigation before the doctor received it, was it game for use by the prosecution? They address the broader debate about whether publicizing Holmes’ diary or the videotapes made by the Columbine shooters glorifies the killers or offers valuable insights into their behavior. Interspersed throughout are comments from a cross section of young adults about the cultural forces, from drugs to video games to social media, that may have contributed to Holmes’ alienation and violent actions. This is a compelling look at gun control, mental-health treatment, and the underlying social issues that contribute to rising violence, especially that committed by young men, in our nation.

— Vanessa Bush

From Bookish.com:

No one could ever forget the horrific scene that unfolded in an Aurora, Colorado movie theatre in July, 2012. A gunman opened fire on a movie theatre, killing twelve people and wounding many others. In this book, husband and wife Stephen and Joyce Singular attempt to reckon with the limited and less-than-explanatory nature of the information available about James Holmes. The Singulars also take it one step further: They examine the pervasiveness of mass violence in American youth culture, and attempt to make sense of a troubling topic. This is a dark book, but a sincere and smart take on a serious subject.

 

In 2011, the rights to the couple’s 2008 book, When Men Become Gods: Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back, were purchased by Sony. The Lifetime movie based on this book, “Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs,” starring Tony Goldwyn of the hit ABC- TV show, “Scandal,” aired on 6/28/14. Immediately following the movie, Lifetime presented an hour long documentary on Warren Jeffs and the FLDS, bringing the story into the present. Stephen and others were featured in this companion documentary. See the Denver Post link: http://blogs.denverpost.com/ostrow/2014/05/27/outlaw-prophet-warren-jeffs-lifetime-june/18826/

In July 2008, Stephen testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., about potential federal crimes associated with polygamy, at the request of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Go to the U.S. Senate Judiciary archives to see the transcript.

June 18, 2014, was the 30th anniversary of the assassination of talk show host, Alan Berg. Stephen was interviewed about his first book on Berg, Talked to Death,by Colorado Public Radio. See link: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/murder-colorado-radio-man-alan-berg-still-resonates-30-years-later

On 4/24/14, Joyce and Stephen gave a talk at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle by Sedalia, CO on the JonBenet Ramsey case. This was their second appearance at the castle.

In April 2014 Stephen appeared on the I.D. Discovery Channel’s Perfect Murder series to discuss his “New York Times” best-selling book, A Killing in the Family, the story of Cinnamon and Patti Brown. In 2012, Joyce appeared on I.D. Discovery Channel’s Deadly Women series for the book, “Sweet Evil.” Stephen was also featured on the I.D. Discovery Channel for the 1995 book “Charmed to Death.”

In 2011, Joyce Jacques Singular completed work on A Small Difference. In this project, she assisted Raymond Plank, the founder of the multinational Apache Oil Corporation, with his memoir, published in 2012.

Stephen and Joyce have recently assisted a prominent Denver lawyer in the writing of his memoir.

Stephen has appeared on numerous media outlets including, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, Hardball, CNN’s Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper’s 360, TruTV, ESPN, and FOX.

The couple are available for book doctoring, editing, and assistance with articles, promotional material, full-length manuscripts, and other professional writing projects, particularly in  Denver and throughout Colorado’s Front Range.