Discussing the end of the world sounds like a morbid topic, but not with author Matthew Landis. Sporting a yellow T-shirt with a silhouette of a gas mask, Landis kicked off the book tour for his latest novel “It’s the End of the World as I Know It” at Wyoming Area Secondary Center on Oct. 4. The day began with two assemblies — one for middle school and one for high school — in which Landis spoke of his writing journey. The author, who resides in Doylestown, also is an eighth-grade social studies teacher.
Encouraging students to read was a large portion of his presentation. “Nobody actually hates reading, just like nobody actually hates tacos. You just haven’t found the right kind of taco — or book,” he said.
Landis encouraged students to Google “Books like…” and list the title of a TV show or another book they enjoy. He also told students they shouldn’t feel obligated to finish a book they do not enjoy.
“If you don’t like a book you’re reading and it wasn’t assigned to you, break up with it,” he told students. “Life is too short to read books you don’t enjoy.”
Following the assemblies, Landis ran a Civil War photography workshop with members of Wyoming Area’s history club, and two creative writing workshops. The visit ended with a book sale and signing at the school library. In addition to “It’s the End of the World as I Know It,” copies of Landis’ other novels, “American League of Traitors” and “The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody” also were available.