Speak Up at CHS: Book Launch Party!

Saturday, November 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm |

Join bestselling author and storyteller Matthew Dicks for the launch of his latest novel, Twenty-One Truths About Love. Matt will spend the evening telling the stories behind the writing of this book, which is comprised entirely of lists. List after list after list which combine to tell the story of a man and his struggle to keep his marriage together while the rest of his life falls apart.

In addition to stories, there will be contests, prizes, Q&A, and even an opportunity for audience participation. Books will be sold at the event, and Matthew will be signing them, too.

The evening will be hosted, of course, by Elysha Dicks.

Admission is $10, and all proceeds go directly to the Connecticut Historical Society. Complimentary snacks, wine and soft drinks will be served. You can buy tickets in advance online or at the door.

Questions? Contact Natalie Belanger, Adult Programs Manager, at natalie_belanger@chs.org.

More About Matthew Dicks’ new book, Twenty-One Truths About Love:

From the beloved author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend comes a wonderful new novel about a struggling man, written entirely in lists.

Daniel Mayrock’s life is at a crossroads. He knows the following to be true:

1. He loves his wife Jill… more than anything.
2. He only regrets quitting his job and opening a bookshop a little (maybe more than a little)
3. Jill is ready to have a baby.
4. The bookshop isn’t doing well. Financial crisis is imminent. Dan doesn’t know how to fix it.
5. Dan hasn’t told Jill about their financial trouble.
6. Then Jill gets pregnant.

This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family. But Dan doesn’t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family’s finances:

1. Dan wants to do something special.
2. He’s a man who is tired of feeling ordinary.
3. He’s sick of feeling like a failure.
4. He doesn’t want to live in the shadow of his wife’s deceased first husband.

Dan is also an obsessive list maker; his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan’s hilarious sense of humor, unique world-view, and deeply personal thoughts. When read in full, his lists paint a picture of a man struggling to be a man, a man who has reached a point where he’s willing to do anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life.

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