Published on: July 30th, 2021

Hillsdale in D.C. Hosts Dr. Matthew Mehan’s New Children’s Book Launch Event

Hillsdale College in D.C. hosted author and professor Dr. Matthew Mehan for a special preview of his new book, The Handsome Little Cygnet.  The event was well attended and included a reading, illustration display, and discussion “woke” education.

The book, illustrated by John Folley, details the story of a pair of swans and their cygnet—or baby swan—in Central Park, Manhattan, as the cygnet begins to grow up.  Folley’s designs and oil artistry have illustrated various children’s books, crests and logos, and illuminations.  Each page of The Handsome Little Cygnet contains carefully crafted artwork and poetic lines to deliver a rich story for children growing up today.

“Too much today children are taught that the distinction between the real and unreal is arbitrary, and this leaves them in doubt about everything including who and what they are,” said Larry P. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College. “This splendid book will set them on the road away from this madness and toward the good that they are made to love.”

The Handsome Little Cygnet is published by TAN Books and was released on July 20.  Those interested may purchase a copy from TAN, Amazon, and other bookstores across the country.

Dr. Matthew Mehan is the director of academic programs for Hillsdale in D.C. Hillsdale College’s campus in the nation’s capital, as well as an assistant professor of government for Hillsdale’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government.  Mehan has taught at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. His first book, Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals, hit bookshelves in 2018 and sold over 10,000 copies.

About Hillsdale in D.C.

Hillsdale in D.C. is an extension of the teaching mission of Hillsdale College to Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to teach the Constitution and the principles that give it meaning. Through the study of original source documents from American history—and of older books that formed the education of America’s founders—it seeks to inspire students, teachers, citizens, and policymakers to return the America’s principles to their central place in the political life of the nation.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 5.7 million. For more information, visit