7900 High School Rd, Elkins Park, PA

July 7, 2017
Matthew Quick came to Open Book Bookstore to talk to us about his new novel, The Reason You’re Alive. Quick told us about his background, and about the challenges of making the transition from English teacher to full-time writer. He also spoke very candidly about mental health challenges, saying that he believes it’s important to get these things out in the open, removing the stigma and enabling those with mental health issues to speak freely and get help. He talked about how, in previous tours, he rode a cycle of pills and alcohol, but this time, he’s keeping it clean and dealing with his anxieties (he calls himself and introvert) in a healthy way: by running. Just that day before our event he ran nine miles, including a jaunt Rocky-style up the Art Museum steps! Quick also shared moving stories about his Uncle Pete, the inspiration for his new book.Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people standing

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