Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore SCRIBNER
Thursday • June 22 • 7pm
U District store
Reading & Book Signing
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore will have just landed on shelves when we're visited by author Matthew Sullivan. In this heart-pounding debut, we meet Lydia Smith, a bookstore clerk who loves her job. When one of the store's lonely regulars kills himself in the shop's back room, her quiet world is turned upside down. Devastation turns to confusion upon discovering he bequeathed his possessions to her. But when she flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did he know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? We can't think of a better way to discover a mystery set in a bookshop than with the author at our U District store!
Matthew Sullivan received his MFA from the University of Idaho and has been a resident writer at Yaddo, Centrum, and the Vermont Studio Center. His short stories have been awarded the Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize and the Florida Review Editors Prize for Fiction and have been published in many journals, including The Chattahoochee Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Fugue, Evansville Review, and 580-Split. In addition to working for years at Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver and at Brookline Booksmith in Boston, he currently teaches writing, literature, and film at Big Bend Community College in the high desert of Washington State. The author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, he is married to a librarian and has two children.