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Matthew J. Sullivan

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Matthew Sullivan grew up in a family of eight children in suburban Denver, Colorado. He received his B.A. from the University of San Francisco, his M.F.A. from the University of Idaho. His writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has won the Florida Review Editor's Prize and the Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize. In addition to working for years at Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver and at Brookline Booksmith in Boston, he has taught writing and literature at colleges in Boston, Idaho, and Poland, and currently teaches writing, literature, and film at Big Bend Community College in the high desert of Washington State. He is married to a librarian, Libby, and has two children and a scruffy dog named Ernie. They recently relocated ...more

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Matthew J. Sullivan Hi Isaias.
I'm chipping away at another mystery novel, somewhat dark, somewhat quirky, wholly unrelated to Bright Ideas. It's about a young woman who g…more
Hi Isaias.
I'm chipping away at another mystery novel, somewhat dark, somewhat quirky, wholly unrelated to Bright Ideas. It's about a young woman who grows up in an eerie small town in the Pacific Northwest, a place where a lot of people have been overlooked or forgotten. It's a work in progress right now, but is slowly coming together. Thanks for your kind words and your interest!
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Matthew J. Sullivan Hi Cynthia. Great question! I just had an essay published about this very subject, actually! (I pasted the url below*, if you're interested.)
My wife L…more
Hi Cynthia. Great question! I just had an essay published about this very subject, actually! (I pasted the url below*, if you're interested.)
My wife Libby and I are both avid readers and our tastes dovetail a lot, so we do read (and talk about!) a lot of the same books, mostly literary fiction. The biggest place where we differ is that I tend toward slightly darker fiction and she reads a greater variety of books, including a lot more "upbeat" nonfiction (like books on trees and artists). As for our kids, we visit a lot of bookstores and libraries and tend to plunk them down in the kids/YA section and let them discover on their own. But we also always sneak a book or two into their piles, things we'd like them to read... and sometimes it actually works!
Thanks for asking, Cynthia!
*The essay, "Two Decades of Reading Beside the Woman I Love," is available here:
http://lithub.com/two-decades-of-read...
**If you're interested, I also published a different essay in the New York Times about Libby and I and books. This one focuses a bit more on overcoming the struggles: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/st...
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“Something’s wrong in the air, you know, when a book costs less than a bullet. Or a Coke. Values-wise.”
Matthew J. Sullivan, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

“To the inexperienced, many BookFrogs appeared as derelict or homeless, but to the seasoned eye it was clear that they’d shed themselves of the world, rejecting its costumes and rules in favor of paper and words.”
Matthew J. Sullivan, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

“If you want to pay respects, by the way, he's at the zoo."
"At the zoo? As in the zoo?"
"Joey liked to walk the zoo on free days. I didn't know where else to put him. I thought about leaving him on a shelf upstairs, with Flannery or Fante or Rimbaud. But I figured there were rules against leaving bodies in here."
"Probably."
"So I put his ashes in a duffel bag and snipped a tiny hole in the bottom and walked the length of the zoo. But I didn't make the hole big enough so there were these tiny pieces left over in the bag. I shook them into the grass. But then all the geese thought he was bread crumbs and started charging me. Horrifying, Lydia, the way they gobbled him up. A frenzy. Joey would've abhorred all the attention.”
Matthew J. Sullivan, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

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Dustin Hi, Happy Friday!

It is such an awesome pleasure to reconnect! Also, I think I forgot to mention it before, but the biggest congratulations on your debut novel being published!!!:)


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