This Year’s One Book One Town Author to Speak at Fairfield University’s Quick Center, March 28

This Year’s One Book One Town Author to Speak at Fairfield University’s Quick Center, March 28

Local Author Ivan Maisel reflects on the loss of his son to suicide.

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Fairfield University is honored to host local author Ivan Maisel, whose memoir I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye: A Memoir of Loss, Grief and Love was chosen as this year’s Fairfield Public Library “One Book One Town” (OBOT) selection.

In partnership with the Library, Maisel will be speaking about his memoir on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on the University’s campus. This is the first time in the Library’s OBOT history that a book by a Fairfield author has been selected.

I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye is an honest, deeply emotional memoir in which the author reflects on the loss of his son, Max, to suicide, the impact of grief on family, and the painful journey that brought Maisel to understand grief is an expression of love.

Ivan Maisel is vice president/editorial and senior writer at and has covered college football for nearly four decades in various capacities at ESPN. He and his wife, Meg, reside in Fairfield where they’ve raised three children.   

Fairfield’s community reading initiative, named “One Book One Town,” began in 2008 when a committee of members from Fairfield Public Library, the Pequot Library, Fairfield University, Fairfield University Bookstore, and the Fairfield Public Schools met to select that year’s book.

Copies of I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye and its companion books are available to borrow at either location of Fairfield Public Library and at Pequot Library, or for purchase at the Fairfield University Bookstore. “One Book One Town” and its attendant programs are made possible through the sponsorship of The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library. 

To register for this Tuesday, March 28 event at the Quick Center for the Arts, visit

Posted On: March 14, 2023

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