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Sheila Heti: How Should a Person Be?

Friday 29th March 2013 9am - 12 Midnight Bristol, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU Literary Event, Free Event

Reeling from a failed marriage, Sheila, a twenty-something playwright, finds herself unsure of how to live and create. When Margaux, a talented painter and free spirit, and Israel, a sexy and depraved artist, enter her life, Sheila hopes that through close - sometimes too close - observation of her new friend, her new lover and herself, she might regain her footing in art and life.

In How Should A Person Be?, using transcribed conversations, real emails, plus heavy doses of fiction, the brilliant and always innovative Sheila Heti has crafted a work that is part literary novel, part self-help manual, and part bawdy confessional. It's a totally shameless and dynamic exploration into the way we live now, which breathes fresh wisdom into the eternal questions: What is the sincerest way to love? What kind of person should you be? Sheila Heti is in conversation with writer Nikesh Shukla.

Sheila Heti is the author of: the story collection The Middle Stories (2001), published when she was 24; the novel, Ticknor (2005); an illustrated book for children, We Need a Horse (2011) featuring art by Clare Rojas; a book of 'conversational philosophy' called The Chairs Are Where the People Go (with Misha Glouberman); and the 'odd, original, and nearly unclassifiable' (New York Times) How Should a Person Be?. Visit her website at

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Author image © Sylvia Plathy Colour

Read our exclusive interview with Sheila Heti here.

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