Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore


NOVEMBER 2 - 5, 2021
We are thrilled to virtually welcome author Matthew Sullivan to the Palouse and Lewis-Clark Valley. Sullivan's debut novel is a fiendishly clever mystery that will keep you guessing until the very last page, where the truth, in the end, may be stranger than fiction.

"This quirky debut novel will have particular appeal for puzzle solvers and booklovers."— Booklist

"An intriguingly dark, twisty story and eccentric characters make this book a standout." Kirkus Reviews


Author Talk and Community Conversation

Join us for a virtual conversation with Matthew Sullivan on Tuesday, November 2 at 12 pm and Thursday, November 4 at 7 pm. Registration is not required as we will stream the discussion via Zoom and Facebook Live. If you have any questions about access or how to use Zoom, please contact your library. Plan to dial-in? Email Erin Kolb at for the full Zoom invitation.

Until We Meet the Author

"With 'Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore', Matthew Sullivan has written a smart, twisty crime novel filled with compelling characters set in a world that book-lovers will adore."

- JESS WALTER, author of the New York Times Bestselling Beautiful Ruins


Matthew Sullivan

Matthew Sullivan grew up in a family of eight children in  Colorado. He received his B.A. from the University of San Francisco, his M.F.A. from the University of Idaho, and his short stories have been awarded the Florida Review Editor's Prize and the Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize.

In addition to working for years at Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver and at Brookline Booksmith in Boston, he has taught writing at colleges in Boston, Idaho, and Poland. Since 2003, he has been teaching writing, literature, and film at Big Bend Community College in rural Washington State.

He is married to a librarian, Libby, and has two children and a scruffy dog named Ernie. He and his family recently relocated to Anacortes, Washington.

He is currently at work on a stand-alone novel, a murder mystery set in a strange small town in the Pacific Northwest.


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