On Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 7 PM, local writer and personality David V. Matthews will release his first book, Meltdown in the Cereal Aisle, at Awesome Books, 929 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  In eight interconnected stories, he depicts the ordinary and secretly-subversive lives of high-school students, university professors, aspiring creative types, and dissatisfied office workers in Western Pennsylvania from the 1970s to today.

Matthews’ work has appeared in the Pittsburgh City Paper, Unicorn Mountain, and the New Yinzer, and he has given a reading at the Andy Warhol Museum.  But perhaps Matthews is best known for posting personal ad fliers around Pittsburgh, seeking romantic love.

The book release is a free event, open to the public, and will also be filmed for the upcoming documentary on Matthews, entitled Aspie Seeks Love.  The film explores his late-in-life Asperger’s diagnosis, his quest to find love through OKCupid, and his struggles to break out as a literary success, including scenes in which he is mentored by the recent director of the University of Pittsburgh’s creative writing program, Chuck Kinder.

The event includes a reading from Matthews from his short story collection, and a reading from Erika Mikkalo, who is also a subject of the documentary.  Mikkalo is a Chicago-based writer who recently received the Tobias Wolff Award for short fiction from The Bellingham Review.  Her work has also appeared in Exquisite CorpseBeloit Poetry JournalColumbia Poetry Reviewfence, and Chicago Review.

Be a part of literary and movie history in one night, get a book signed, be in the film, and enjoy a reading at Awesome Books.


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