From Simon & Schuster
New York-based writer Courtney Maum will soon release her debut novel, “I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You” (on-sale June 10; Touchstone), in Brooklyn—with a night of “show & tell” featuring regret-themed stories. The launch party, to take place at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO on June 12, also features Blaise Allysen Kearsley (created of the “How I Learned” reading series) and Tim Manley (“Alice in Tumblrland).
Maum’s humorous, charming novel follow British artist Richard Haddon. Despite the successful opening of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant, gorgeous French wife, Anne, Richard is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to appreciate his good fortune. But when he learns that a painting he originally made for Anne while the deeply-in-love newlyweds anticipated the birth of their first child has sold, it shocks him back to reality.
Rudderless and remorseful, Richard must reevaluate both the future of his marriage and the trajectory of a career that has recently devolved into the production of uninspired, commercial art. Following a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back, Richard focuses his creative energy on a provocative art installation to prove to her—and to himself—that he can still be the man she once loved.
The June 12 event will begin at 7 p.m. The powerHouse Arena is located at 37 Main St. in DUMBO. Maum will also appear in Brooklyn on July 14 as part of the Franklin Park Reading Series (8 p.m. at Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden, 618 St. Johns Place).