"With Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, Matthew Sullivan has written--with great panache and suspense--a smart, twisty crime novel filled with compelling characters set in a world that book-lovers will adore."
- JESS WALTER, author of Beautiful Ruins
"This book ticked all the boxes for me: an engaging heroine, an intriguing premise, interesting characters and a plot that involved books, readers, and the very darkest human passions. A fantastic, assured debut."
- ELLY GRIFFITHS, author of The Crossing Places
“There is a clever, erudite puzzle plot in this bookish mystery, along with whip-smart writing. Matthew Sullivan’s debut is stylish and entertaining.”
- ELLEN CROSBY, author of The Champagne Conspiracy
Pre-order now from IndieBound, or your favorite local bookstore (or here's a list of stores from GoodReads). Publication Date: June 13, 2017 · Scribner · Hardback/Ebook · 352 pages · ISBN 1501116843
My literary mystery novel, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, will be published by Scribner on June 13, 2017. It tells the story of Lydia, a 30-something bookseller who, as a young girl, was the sole survivor of a violent attack.
Recent News: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore will also be published by William Heinemann (Penguin UK) in England, Matar Publishing House in Israel, Grupo Editorial Record in Brazil, NamuBench in Korea, Longanesi in Italy, Goldmann Verlag/Random House in Germany, and in Large Print by Thorndike Press.
Story: My short story, RUBICON, will be published in Joyland Magazine in Spring 2017. It's a short thriller about a narcissist whose reality begins to dissolve after a stranger makes a passing comment.
Panelist: I was recently one of three Washington state writers who selected the winner of the Artist Trust Gar LaSalle Storytelling Award. Acting as a panelist for this grant was yet another glimpse into the many extraordinary literary talents of the Evergreen State. Big congratulations to the winner of the $10,000 award, Peter Mountford, and kudos to all who entered.
Presentation: A Nicer Kind of Murder: Shifting Roles in Today’s Mystery Fiction and Other Popular Genres. Presentation and discussion about the blurring of lines between literary fiction and genre fiction, especially in mystery and detective stories. Moses Lake Museum and Art Center, Civic Center Auditorium, November 2, 2016 at 3 p.m. Part of the Humanities Washington Salon Series.
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