Open Word Readings and Ideas: Sheila Heti
Reading 1 Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
An interview by Lee Henderson followed the reading.
Place Open Space 510 Fort Street, Victoria BC
Reading 2 Wednesday, February 22 at 3:00 p.m.
Place Rm D107, MacLaurin Bldg, University of Victoria
Artist Sheila Heti
Victoria — Currently Writer in Residence at the University of Western Ontario,
Sheila Heti is the author of the short story collection The Middle Stories
(McSweeney’s Books) the novel Ticknor (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and the
novel-from life How Should a Person Be? (Anansi). She recently published
an illustrated book for children, We Need a Horse (McSweeney’s McMullins),
with paintings by Clare Rojas, and a non-fiction book co-authored by Misha
Glouberman called The Chairs Are Where the People Go (Faber and Faber).
Heti studied playwriting at the National Theatre School in Montreal before
attending the University of Toronto to study art history and philosophy. One
of her recent publications is Otherworld Uprising with visual artist Shari
Boyle. She works as Interviews Editor at the Believer and since 2006 has
contributed long interviews with writers and artists to the magazine.
Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, n+1, McSweeney’s, Brick,
Geist, Maisonneuve, Bookforum, the Guardian, and other places, and her
writing has been translated into German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian,
Vietnamese, and Serbian.
In 2001, she created the Trampoline Hall lecture series, at which people deliver
lectures on subjects outside their areas of expertise. The shows have been
running monthly in Toronto since that time, have toured widely, and have sold
out every show since their inception. The New Yorker praised the series for
“celebrating eccentricity and do-it-yourself inventiveness.”
In 2008, she created The Metaphysical Poll, a blog that collected the sleeping
dreams people were having about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama during
the Democratic primaries. The blog received hundreds of dreams and press
in the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, the New Yorker, the
Economist, the LA Times, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere.
For detailed information about Heti and her many projects, visit