During lockdown my friend Kirsty set up the wonderful Boozy Book Club; pairing books with bespoke cocktails and thoughtfully curated gifts and packaging them up in a beautiful box, recipients would meet on-line at the end of the month to discuss the book with the author! We both adored The Midnight Library and wanted it to be in the box, but knew it would be a tricky mission to persuade Matt. But we did, and it truly was a team effort - thank you Sarah E for the introduction and to Matt's wife Andrea, for being so kind and saying yes.Matt was, as expected, an amazing guest. The Midnight Library is his 20th book, and he talked us through the process, the characters, and the dreaded editing. He spoke about the good in reframing uncertainty (this was recorded during the 3rd lockdown so particularly poignant), discussed some of his favourite books and quotes, and talked about chatting to us again when his book The Christmasaurus launched (must follow that up!). Matt made us laugh, brought joy to a pretty joyless time, and helped us raise £500 for his nominated Charity Papyrus.I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it.http://www.matthaig.com/https://www.theboozybookclub.co.uk/
Bonus: Matt Haig Reads an Excerpt from 'The Midnight Library' on Storybound
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Matt Haig reads an excerpt from The Midnight Library, backed by an original Storybound remix with Robert Wynia, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Robert Wynia is a founding member of the Portland band Floater. Known for their progressive concept albums, Floater is famous for incorporating stylized storytelling into their work. Wynia also releases music under his own name and released his book Night Walks with its own accompanying soundtrack in 2020. Storybound comes to you from The Podglomerate and Lit Hub Radio. Season 4 is some of their most inspired work yet, so be sure to subscribe today on Apple Podcasts or wherever you tune in. Matt Haig is the author of 20 books including the #1 bestselling memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, five novels – including How to Stop Time – and several award-winning children’s books. His work has been translated into over 40 languages. His latest novel is The Midnight Library, a runaway, #1 bestseller and reader favorite of 2020. It was a Goodreads Choice Awards Best Fiction Book of 2020, a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Amazon, the New York Public Library, among many others. The New York Times said of the book, "An absorbing ... vision of limitless possibility, of new roads taken, of new lives lived, of a whole different world available to us somehow, somewhere, [perhaps] exactly what’s wanted in these troubled and troubling times.” Stay calm and write on … Discover The Writer Files Extra You can now have The Writer Files podcast dropped right into your email inbox every time there’s a new show. No more shaking your podcast app! As a subscriber, Kelton will send you added insights, the chance to get TWF merch (like "Stay Calm and Write On" t-shirts anyone?), curated collections of shows like The Publishing Series and The Writer’s Brain, updates, and occasional special offers. Learn more at the link below and take our AuthorPods podcasting course survey. Get 'The Writer Files' Podcast Delivered Straight to Your Inbox If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. Show Notes: How NY Times Bestselling Author Matt Haig Writes MattHaig.com The Midnight Library: A Novel by Matt Haig (Amazon) Matt Haig Amazon author page Matt Haig on Instagram Matt Haig on Facebook Matt Haig on Twitter Kelton Reid on Twitter
"However bad things are, there's a resilience inside us that can actually cope with more than it feels like we can in any given moment." After completing The Midnight Library (which has now sold one million copies in the U.S.) at the start of the pandemic, Matt Haig wanted to create a book that was as comforting for others to read as it was for him to create. Having lived with anxiety, depression, and a panic disorder for most of his life, Matt compiled the most helpful habits, philosophies, and lessons to take readers along on a heartening mental health journey in The Comfort Book.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jyVLMfBookshop: https://bit.ly/3dJ67pdSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s summer and we’ve got a bumper episode of Activity Quest for you! Author Matt Haig sets you a summer challenge – can you write a story with no people in it? Bex visits the SEA LIFE Centre in Birmingham, we’ve got a list of events from across the UK and Sean’s chatting to the team at Monkey Forest in Trentham. Remember, whatever you do and however you do it, tell us at FunKidsLive.com/ActivityQuest – and remember to rate, review and follow this podcast wherever you’re listening to it. If you know of or own a venue that you think would be perfect for Activity Quest, email email@example.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S4. Ep. 3: Matt Haig reads an excerpt from "The Midnight Library"
Welcome back to Good Influence!This is the podcast where each week we'll meet a guest who’ll help us pay attention to something we should know about, but maybe don’t. This week, we're talking about mental health; exploring mental health issues through writing characters, the differences between fact and fiction, and how social media misses out on the middle parts of our lives. Matt Haig is the author of 21 books, including 'The Midnight Library', which is enjoying a long run on bestseller lists around the world. Matt also shares a lot of poignant musings on mental health on his social media channels and his very open with his own experiences of depression, anxiety and panic disorders. His new book, titled 'The Comfort Book', comes out in July. If you want to learn more, here's where to find Matt and his recommendations: Instagram: @mattzhaigTwitter: @matthaig1Website: matthaig.com Something to read: Phosphorescence: On Awe, Wonder & Things That Sustain You When the World Goes Dark - Julia BairdSomething to watch: Old musicals - Singin' in the Rain, Meet Me in St Louis, An American in ParisSomething to listen to: Dear Theodosia - Hamilton Soundtrack / Carpenters Get involved and join in the conversation:Follow @gemmastyles @goodinfluencegs and send in your messages and questions to firstname.lastname@example.orgSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Trigger warning: In this episode, we're discussing self-harm, including the taking of one's own life. If you or someone you know has thoughts of harming themselves, speak with someone today by dialing 800-273-8255 ... Usually, this is where we ask that if this subject is triggering, please don't listen. However, we want you to know that this isn't a downer discussion. It's genuine, honest, but we aimed to make it uplifting. Either way, if you listen or don't, you're awesome. You're valuable, and you are, without a doubt, loved by more people than you realize. Got it? ... Now, on to our book: A story about life, living, and the regrets in between, The Midnight Library is a unique invention created to tell a universal truth. It allows the reader to make some secret personal applications with the lessons of our protagonist and her desire to end it all. This story is like our better selves, begging us to listen, putting the medicine in the candy, and it does it all within 300 pages. Before diving in, we'll also break down how you - yes, even you! - can choose happiness every day. LET'S GET LIT! Find Alexis and Kari online: Instagram — www.instagram.com/litsocietypod; Twitter — www.twitter.com/litsocietypod; Facebook — www.facebook.com/LitSocietyPod; and our website www.LitSocietyPod.com. Get in on the conversation by using #booksanddrama.
Best-selling author Matt Haig (@MattHaig1) discusses how he works through his depression, panic attacks, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Matt has written several books including Reasons to Stay Alive and his newest book The Midnight Library. Follow Matt @MattHaig1 Check out his website at www.MattHaig.com Support Our Sponsors! This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling. To get a free week go to www.BetterHelp.com/mental Must be 18. For those under 18 you will be redirected to or can go directly to TeenCounseling at www.teencounseling.com WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST Subscribe via iTunes and leave a review. It costs nothing. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mental-illness-happy-hour/id427377900?mt=2 ————————————————————————— Spread the word via social media. It costs nothing. Our website is www.mentalpod.com our FB is www.Facebook.com/mentalpod and our Twitter and Instagram are both @Mentalpod Become a much-needed Patreon monthly-donor (with occasional rewards) for as little as $1/month at www.Patreon.com/mentalpod Become a one-time or monthly donor via Paypal or Zelle (make payment to email@example.com) Try Our Sponsor’s Products/Services See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.