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WBEZ Presents: The Life Impossible - An Evening with Matt Haig & Rebecca Makkai

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Location Cahn Auditorium
600 Emerson St
Evanston, Illinois 60201
Admission $45-$50

Fans of the internationally acclaimed author will get a glimpse into Matt Haig’s upcoming novel, The Life Impossible.


WBEZ is proud to present Matt Haig on Thursday, September 5th at the Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, IL – one of only three stops in the acclaimed author’s book tour this year. He will be joined by award-winning author Rebecca Makkai. Haig is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Midnight Library, which spent more than 120 weeks on the bestseller list and has sold close to nine million copies globally, in addition to being a Good Morning America Book Club pick and winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction. He is also the author of the internationally bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, the celebrated novel How to Stop Time, and several award-winning children’s books. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

Fans of the internationally acclaimed author will get a glimpse into Haig’s upcoming novel, The Life Impossible, which Benedict Cumberbatch calls “a wry and tender love letter to the best of being human.” Set on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza and evoking Haig’s distinctive sense of magic and authenticity, The Life Impossible is a brilliantly written and transporting novel – a story of hope and the life-changing power of a new beginning.

Tickets include a signed copy of The Life Impossible. This is a discussion event only. There will be no signing/photo opp.

WBEZ is proud to partner with The Book Stall.

This program will feature open captions.

No Refunds

Bios

Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the author of two New York Times Best Seller memoirs Notes on a Nervous Planet and Reasons to Stay Alive; and six novels, including The Midnight Library. His books have collectively sold millions of copies and have been translated into more than forty languages. Haig lives in Sussex with his wife, two children, and their dog.

Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the author of the New York Times bestseller I Have Some Questions for You and The Great Believers, which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the Clark Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2018 and the 100 Best Books of the 21st Century by The New York Times. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime—four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. A 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe and Northwestern University, and is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Synopsis

When retired math teacher Grace Winters is left a run-down house on a Mediterranean island by a long-lost friend, curiosity gets the better of her. She arrives in Ibiza with a one-way ticket, no guidebook and no plan.

Among the rugged hills and golden beaches of the island, Grace searches for answers about her friend’s life, and how it ended. What she uncovers is stranger than she could have dreamed. But to dive into this impossible truth, Grace must first come to terms with her past.

Filled with wonder and wild adventure, this is a story of hope and the life-changing power of a new beginning.

“A wry and tender love-letter to the best of being human.”—Benedict Cumberbatch

The remarkable next novel from Matt Haig, the author of #1 New York Times bestseller The Midnight Library, with more than nine million copies sold worldwide

“What looks like magic is simply a part of life we don’t understand yet…”