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Book Launch Party: Will Leitch for How Lucky, in Conversation with Kevin Wilson

How Lucky by Will Leitch
Event date: 
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location

Avid Bookshop on Zoom

Good news and bad news, Avid Readers. The bad news: you missed this event. The good news: we have a recording of it on the ever-growing Avid Bookshop YouTube channel, so you can watch it on demand whenever you'd like by clicking here.

Avid Bookshop is excited to present our customer-friend Will Leitch in celebration of his book, How Lucky. Will will be in conversation with his friend, author Kevin Wilson, whose books include Nothing to See Here and Family Fang. This virtual author event will take place on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from 7pm - 8pm EST via Zoom.

To attend this event, purchase a ticket (or select a no-cost ticket). You will receive a Zoom link via email one hour before the event begins. Please purchase your tickets early as ticket sales will be cut off at 7pm EST on the day of the event May 12, 2021. We have 3 ticketing options:

  • Pay-What-You-Can ticket & book bundle
  • Pay-What-You-Can ticket only (no book)
  • No-cost ticket to get Zoom event access only (no book)

Please support Athens, Georgia's only independent bookshop (and our authors, of course!) by purchasing their books from Avid Bookshop via the book links provided below.


“I'm reading a fantastic novel by Will Leitch called How Lucky. It's suspenseful and often wildly funny. You are going to like this a lot, and I think a lot of you are going to like it. It has that Where the Crawdads Sing vibe.”—-Stephen King

“What’s more thrilling than a fictional character speaking to us in a voice we haven’t heard before, a voice so authentic and immediate—think Huck Finn, Holden Caulfield, Mattie Ross—that we suspect it must’ve been there all along, that we somehow managed to miss it? Daniel, the protagonist of Will Leitch’s smart, funny, heartbreaking new novel How Lucky, is just such a voice, and I’m not sure it will ever completely leave my head, or that I want it to.”—Richard Russo


Daniel leads a rich life in the university town of Athens, Georgia. He’s got a couple of close friends, a steady paycheck working for a regional airline, and of course, for a few glorious days each fall, college football tailgates. He considers himself to be a mostly lucky guy—despite the fact that he’s suffered from a horrible illness since he was a small child, one that has left him unable to speak or to move without a wheelchair.

Largely confined to his home, Daniel spends the hours he’s not online communicating with irate air travelers observing his neighborhood from his front porch. One young woman passes by so frequently that spotting her out the window has almost become part of his daily routine. Until the day he’s almost sure he sees her being kidnapped.

How Lucky is the unforgettable story of a fiercely resilient young man grappling with a physical disability, and his efforts to solve a mystery unfolding right outside his door.


We are happy to provide signed copies of How Lucky--Will has offered to sign stock for us, so you can get a signed first edition! Want him to personalize the book ("To Shawna...")? Leave a note in your order comments and we'll get the message to Will. There's something so special about a book that an author has signed just for you. This would make a great gift, too! 


Will Leitch is a contributing editor at New York magazine and writes weekly for the magazines Intelligencer and Vulture. He writes regularly for NBC News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Medium, and and is the founder of the late sports website Deadspin. He lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife and two sons.


Kevin Wilson is the author of the novels Nothing to See Here, The Family Fang (a New York Times bestseller adapted into an acclaimed film starring Nicole Kidman), and Perfect Little World, as well as the story collections Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, and Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife and two sons.

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How Lucky: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063073098
Availability: May be on our shelves or available in 5-7 business days
Published: Harper - May 11th, 2021

I enjoyed reading Will Leitch's debut novel, How Lucky. Picked it up because I wanted to read a novel by a local author; kept with it because I HAD to figure out how the plot lines would resolve. To my happiness, Leitch kept me guessing 'til the very end. (P.S. The Athens references were a delight!) -Janet Geddis

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Nothing to See Here Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062913494
Availability: May be on our shelves or available in 5-7 business days
Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

An expert at writing odd families, Kevin Wilson creates an especially unique cast in Nothing to See Here. Wilson isn't afraid of exploring the absurd--in this case with estranged twins who burst into flames--but through grounded writing that speaks profoundly of feeling misplaced and misunderstood. This story will leave you feeling tender and full of hope for the impossible. -Julie Jarema

The Family Fang: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061579059
Availability: May be on our shelves or available in 5-7 business days
Published: Ecco - April 17th, 2012

Perfect Little World: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062450340
Availability: May be on our shelves or available in 5-7 business days
Published: Ecco - October 24th, 2017

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