Giffords, Kelly memoir to be published November 15

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 07, 2011 5:44 PM
Giffords, Kelly memoir to be published November 15

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A memoir penned by wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her retired astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, will be released on November 15, the book's publisher said on Wednesday.

The book is titled "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope," and will be published by Scribner.

It tells the story of Giffords' and Kelly's lives together and chronicles the lawmaker's life and recovery since she was shot through the head at a political rally in January, Scribner said.

Six people were killed and 13 injured, among them Giffords, when a gunman opened fire at the "Congress on Your Corner" event outside a Tucson area grocery store

Giffords, who is receiving intensive physical therapy in Houston, has been working closely on the book with Kelly and co-writer Jeffrey Zaslow, an author and Wall Street Journal columnist, the publisher said.

"Congresswoman Giffords has been fully engaged with the collaborative writing process of the book at every step," said Brian Belfiglio, a Scribner publicist.

The publisher, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, said in a statement that the book will also offer a "deeply personal account" of Kelly's career path from combat pilot to commander of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission earlier this year.

Scribner said a portion of the authors' net proceeds will go to charities in Arizona.

Troubled college dropout Jared Loughner was indicted on 49 counts following the shootings.

He is being treated at a hospital for federal prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, after being declared mentally incompetent to stand trial in May.

(Reporting by David Schwartz; Editing by Tim Gaynor and Jerry Norton)