GTKE: European Author David Machado: The Shelf Life of Happiness (UCF)

Event information
Venue:Orlando - Writer's Block Bookstore, Winter ParK


Join us at Writer's Block Bookstore at Winter Park (Orlando) and meet with European Union Prize for Literature and Author David Machado for a presentation on his book "The Shelf Life of Happiness", followed by reception

Ripped apart by Portugal’s financial crisis, Daniel’s family is struggling to adjust to circumstances beyond their control. His wife and children move out to live with family hours away, but Daniel believes against all odds that he will find a job and everything will return to normal.

Even as he loses his home, suffers severe damage to his car, and finds himself living in his old, abandoned office building, Daniel fights the realization that things have changed. He’s unable to see what remains among the rubble—friendship, his family’s love, and people’s deep desire to connect. If Daniel can let go of the past and find his true self, he just might save not only himself but also everyone that really matters to him.

Bio: Author David Machado hails from Lisbon, Portugal, and writes fiction for both adults and children. His books are popular in Portugal and have been awarded literary prizes, including the European Union Prize for Literature for the Portuguese version of this novel, Indice médio de felicidade (The Shelf Life of Happiness), which he adapted into a screenplay in 2016. When he's not traveling, he lives... David Machado was born in Lisbon in 1978. He has a degree in economics from ISEG, Lisbon's School of Economics and Management, but soon devoted himself to writing fiction and children's literature.


► To view flyer, click here

► This event is free and open to the public but you need to RSVP

► To RSVP and more information, contact Kerstin Hamann at


This project has received funding from the European Commission under the grant “Getting to Know Europe”