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David V. Matthews Book Release
Awesome Books Downtown 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  
Description and Reader Names: On Saturday, January 19th, 2013, local writer and personality, David V. Matthews, will be releasing his debut collection of short stories, Meltdown in the Cereal Aisle. In eight interconnected stories, David V. Matthews 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.

But perhaps Matthews is best known for posting personal ad fliers around Pittsburgh over the past decade, seeking romantic love.

The January 19th book release is a free event, open to the public, and will also be filmed for the forthcoming documentary on Matthews, entitled, Aspie Seeks Love. In 2012, documentary filmmaker, Julie Sokolow, received a Creative Development Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation in support of the project. The film explores Matthews’ 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 Matthews is mentored by the recent director of Pitt’s creative writing program, Chuck Kinder.

The event includes a reading from Matthews from his short story collection, and a reading from visiting writer, Erika Mikkalo, who is also a subject in the documentary. Mikkalo is a Chicago-based writer who received the Tobias Wolff Award for short fiction from The Bellingham Review. Other publications include Exquisite Corpse, Beloit Poetry Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, fence, 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’ unsung downtown location.
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Julie Sokolow 
Short bio: Julie Sokolow is a Pittsburgh-based musician, filmmaker, and writer, whose work has been acclaimed by Pitchfork, Wire, and The Washington Post.