HYBRID VIRTUAL/IN PERSON EVENT: Matthew McConaughey and Renée Kurilla

Join An Unlikely Story for a ticketed, in person/virtual hybrid event with Massachusetts illustrator Renée Kurilla in conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and #1 New York Times bestselling author Matthew McConaughey (who will be joining us virtually on screen) to discuss their new children’s book, JUST BECAUSE, that explores the contradictions all around us, and how they make us who we are. Jeff Kinney, owner of An Unlikely Story and author of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will be moderating this event. 


Each ticket comes with a copy of Just Because. Since Matthew will be joining us virtually, the books will be pre-signed by him, with Renee available in-person after the event to sign copies as well. We do not have companion tickets available for this event. If you do not need an extra copy of the book, we'd be happy to donate it on your behalf to a Title I school. There is no waitlist available for this event once tickets are sold out. 

In his debut children’s book, Just Because, Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award-winning actor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Greenlights, and father of three, explores the contradictions all around us, and how they make us who we are. Filled with his trademark humor and wisdom and beautiful illustrations by Renée Kurilla, McConaughey’s soulful and irreverent collection of life lessons empowers readers, big and small, to celebrate how we are all full of possibility. Why? Just because.

Matthew McConaughey is the Academy Award–winning actor and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Greenlights. He also created Greenlights: Your Journal, Your Journey, a guided companion that inspires readers to write down and reflect on their feelings, adventures, and dreams. Matthew and his wife, Camila, founded the just keep livin Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future. He is a professor of practice and a Minister of Culture for the University of Texas at Austin, where he lives with his wife and three children. Matthew is a storyteller, a tree house builder, and a pickle expert. You can visit Matthew on Instagram @OfficiallyMcConaughey or on Twitter @McConaughey.

Renée Kurilla is the author and illustrator of many books for young readers. She has a BFA in illustration and a minor in graphic design from Lesley University College of Art and Design. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, daughter, and a fish named Yoshi. You can visit Renée at Kurillastration.com or on Instagram and Twitter @ReneeKurilla.


Thursday, September 14, 2023 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Just Because By Matthew McConaughey, Renée Kurilla (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593622032
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2023