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David W. Guth’s “Thirteen Minutes” Will Be Displayed at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Most people say that mass-casualty school shootings “can’t happen here.” And yet it does.

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“I wrote this fictional look at a deadly school shooting in the hope of opening a dialogue about saving lives while protecting constitutional rights. This does not have to be an all-or-nothing debate.”

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest book fair that is hosted by the University of Southern California yearly. It celebrates written literature and showcases the works of upcoming and professional writers. Since its conception, the book fest draws 150,000 fairgoers, mostly authors, readers, book vendors, and fans. Participants visit to witness author panel discussions, performances, storytelling, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an awarding ceremony celebrating authors and their best works of the season.

“Thirteen Minutes” is a fictional look at a school shooting in a rural American town. It shows how the students of Banfield High School and the citizens of Price City react and cope with the school shooting. The fact-based fiction is based on extensive research into America’s unfortunate history of school shootings from the Texas Tower and Columbine to more recent events that have horrified the nation.

In this book, Guth provides insights into the causes and effects of school mass shootings that have become an all-too-familiar American tragedy.

Check out “Thirteen Minutes: Death of an American High School” by David W. Guth on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit the book’s display at the ReadersMagnet exhibit at booth #225 at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Learn more about the author David W. Guth and his works at

“Thirteen Minutes: Death of an American High School”
Author | David W. Guth
Genre | Fiction - Contemporary
Publisher | Page Publishing
Published Date | October 2022

David W. Guth is a Peabody Award-winning journalist and an associate professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Kansas. Guth is the author of “Bridging the Chesapeake: A ‘Fool’ Idea that Unified Maryland” and a coauthor of three academic textbooks and the American Bar Association award-winning Media Guide for Attorneys. His undergraduate degree is from the University Maryland. Guth also has a Master of Journalism degree from the University of North Carolina. He is also a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

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