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Celebrated Author Sheila Heti to Give Reading at Pomona College on Feb. 6

How Should a Person Be book cover

Sheila Heti, most recently the author of the celebrated novel How Should A Person Be?: A Novel From Life (2012) will give a reading of her work on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 4:15 p.m. at Pomona College (Crookshank 108, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont).

In How Should A Person Be?, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, Sheila, a twentysomething playwright, is trying to recover from a failed marriage and finds herself uncertain about how to live and create. When Margaux, a free-spirited painter, and Israel, a magnetic and depraved artist, enter her life, Sheila hopes that through close observation of them she might regain her footing in art and life. Using transcribed conversations, emails and fiction, Heti constructs a work that is part literary novel, part self-help manual and part bawdy confessional.

The New Yorker writes that Heti “has an appealing restlessness, a curiosity about new forms and an attractive freedom from pretentiousness or cant…How Should a Person Be? offers a vital and funny picture of the excitements and longueurs of trying to be a young creator in a free, late-capitalist Western city…This talented writer may well have identified a central dialectic of 21st-century postmodern being.”

“Sheila Heti's one of the most dynamic and unpredictable young literary talents to come along in a while, working in a wild variety of forms and styles, and to the great satisfaction of those who've followed her earlier books, she broke through to a wide popular success just last year with How Should A Person Be?, which has been bizarrely compared both to Henry Miller and to Lena Dunham's “Girls.” We couldn't be more excited to catch her at this thrilling moment in her still-young career,” says Jonathan Lethem, acclaimed writer and Pomona College professor in creative writing.

Heti is also the co- author of a book of conversational philosophy called The Chairs Are Where the People Go, with Misha Glouberman, which The New Yorker chose as one of its Best Books of 2011; the story collection The Middle Stories; the novel Ticknor; and an illustrated book for children, We Need a Horse, featuring art by Clare Rojas.

Heti works as interviews editor at The Believer and her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The London Review of Books and McSweeney’s.

For more information, contact: nancy.jugan@pomona.edu.

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