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Book Launch for William Dameron’s novel, The Way Life Should Be In conversation with Augusten Burroughs & Christopher Schelling

August 6, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us on Sunday August 6th from 4-7 at Mainestreet for  the book launch of William Dameron’s newest book called “The Way Life Should Be.” It will be an exciting evening with William Dameron, author of  The New York Times Editors’ Choice, The Lie for a celebration and launch of his debut novel, The Way Life Should Be. He will be in conversation with special guests, New York Times best-selling author Augusten Burroughs and literary agent, Christopher Schelling.

All of William Dameron books will be available for purchase from the  Village Toy Funatic and cocktails for purchase from Mainestreet!

William Dameron is an award-winning blogger, memoirist, essayist, and author of The Lie, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Times (UK), Telegraph, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Salon, HuffPost, Oprah Daily, Saranac Review, Literary Hub, Hippocampus Magazine, and in the book Fashionably Late: Gay, Bi & Trans Men Who Came Out Later in Life.

Now, in his fictional debut, THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE (Little A, August 6, 2023) Dameron tells the warm, funny, and unforgettable story of two families thrust together in closer-than-close quarters at their family cottage on the southern coast of Maine. As husbands Thomas and Matt build a new life for themselves after coming out and embarking on a second-chance marriage, their easy way of life—the way life should be—is upended when their three nearly adult children, each fleeing personal crises of their own―descend on their fathers’ bliss. Soon after, Matt’s aging parents arrive, along with his lonely sister and her thirsty influencer son, “ConMan.”

An anticipated peaceful summer in Matt and Thomas’s two-bedroom getaway quickly becomes crowded as they make room for their family, its past, and all its drama. During an unintentional family reunion, old lives, broken and in need of repair, are about to converge with the new. Over the course of an unforgettable summer, two fathers and their children will break apart and come together to understand what life still can be. Pain, anger, flaws and all, they’re determined to forge a loving way forward.

THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE is a big contemporary family drama set in a small space that sizzles with tensions and love and the messiness in between.

This event is open to the public.  If you can’t make it, feel free to stop at the Village Toy Funatic or call the store to pre-order the book.  We will get your information and make sure William signs the book for you.  Pre-orders will be taken up until 3pm on Sunday August 6th.


August 6, 2023
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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Ogunquit, ME 03907 United States
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