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Wednesday, February 06 2013

Date Change for Author Event with Matthew Dicks

From a Boswell's Books press release:

Nationally acclaimed novelist Matthew Dicks will be speaking about, and reading from, his three novels at Boswell's Books, at 10 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls, at 6pm on Saturday, FEBRUARY 23.  Best selling author Jodi Picoult says of Matthew Dick's most recent novel, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, " It has been a long time since I read a book that has captured me so completely".

Dicks is also the author of two other previous novels-- Something Missing and Unexpectedly Milo. An award-winning elementary school teacher in addition to being a novelist, he has also published poetry essays and opinion pieces in newspapers, poetry journals, and educational journals throughout the US. He has also showcased his exceptional story-telling ability on NPR's "The Moth" and is a gifted speaker whose own true-life story would make a fascinating-- yet somewhat hard to believe-- novel in its own right.

A little bit more about Matthew Dicks:

I grew up in the small town of Blackstone, Massachusetts with two siblings, two lost-but-recently-found step-siblings, a loving mother, and an evil step-father. I was a Boy Scout, a pole-vaulter, a flutist and bassoonist, and a proud member of my school’s drum corps. I also have the distinction of having died twice by the age of eighteen before being revived by paramedics both times.

Sorry. No white light.

I left home at eighteen and worked in a variety of dead-end jobs for the next five years until I was robbed at gunpoint at the age of twenty-three. This brush with death finally convinced me to get off my ass and make something of my life.

Six months later, I was sitting in my first college classroom (a class ironically called On Death and Dying), hoping to one day become a teacher and an author. I would often tell people that my goal was to one day write for a living and teaching for pleasure, and while I have not yet realized this goal, I am closer than I would have ever imagined.

I worked my way through college, managing McDonald’s restaurants, opening a small business, and working on campus as a writing tutor. I graduated from Manchester Community College with a liberal arts degree in 1996 and Trinity College with an English degree and Saint Joseph’s College with a teaching degree in 1999.

Following graduation, I went to work as an elementary school teacher and have been teaching ever since. I currently teach fifth grade but have taught second and third grade as well. In 2005 I was named West Hartford’s Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year.

In addition to my teaching career, I also own and operate a DJ company that performs weddings throughout Connecticut. I also serve as an occasional, albeit fairly heathen, minister and a life coach.

I am also two-time Moth Story Slam champion and do quite a bit of live storytelling, as well as other speaking engagements.

In 2006 I married my wife and colleague, Elysha, after proposing to her in front of friends and family on the main landing of Grand Central Station in New York. We live in Newington, CT with our three-year old daughter, Clara, our Lhasa Apso, Kaleigh, and our enormous, slightly insane house cat named Owen.

When not teaching or writing or playing with Clara, I spend my free time listening to music, eating poorly and dodging phone calls. I’m an avid, albeit awful, golfer and a much better basketball and poker player. I am a huge fan of the New England Patriots and a season ticket holder and an equally rabid fan of the Yankees, Celtics and Bruins..

I also read a great deal, consume an enormous number of audio books, and listen to about three dozen podcasts on a daily and weekly basis.

I also run a occasionally-annual race throughout Connecticut modeled after CBS’s The Amazing Race called The A-Mattzing Race, and this keeps me busy planning and coordinating the next event.

I don’t sleep much.