This is a hybrid event, offered both in-person and virtually.
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No registration is required to attend in person. Doors will open at 10:45 a.m. for coffee and pastries. Please enter the Community Room via the doors on Hinds Plaza. The talk will begin at 11 a.m.
Matthew Quick will be in conversation with Amy Jo Burns.
About the Book:
Lucas Goodgame lives in Majestic, Pennsylvania, a quaint suburb that has been torn apart by a recent tragedy. Everyone in Majestic sees Lucas as a hero — everyone, that is, except Lucas himself. Insisting that his deceased wife, Darcy, visits him every night in the form of an angel, Lucas spends his time writing letters to his former Jungian analyst, Karl. It is only when Eli, an 18-year-old young man whom the community has ostracized, begins camping out in Lucas’s backyard that an unlikely alliance takes shape and the two embark on a journey to heal their neighbors and, most importantly, themselves.
About the Speakers:
Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Silver Linings Playbook", which was made into an Oscar-winning film; "The Good Luck of Right Now," "Love May Fail," "The Reason You’re Alive" and four young adult novels. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages, received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and more. The Hollywood Reporter has named him one of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. A native of New Jersey, Quick lives with his wife, the novelist Alicia Bessette, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Amy Jo Burns is the author of the memoir Cinderland and the novel Shiner, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, NPR Best Book of the year, a Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club selection, and “told in language as incandescent as smoldering coal,” according to The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Elle, Good Housekeeping, Ploughshares, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, and the anthology Not That Bad. You can find her on Twitter @amyjoburns.
Community Room Accessibility
- Wheelchair accessible
- Assistive listening system compatible with personal T-coil-enabled devices (compatible headphones also available for use during programs)
- English-language subtitles for films (when available)
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