May 8, 2018
Autofiction is trendy. It's current technology. It's where a novel is autobiographical but also fictional, and where the two can't be pulled apart. (As if straight-up autobiography wasn't already fictional).

The Canadian author Sheila Heti tells us that "increasingly, I’m less interested in writing about fictional people because it seems so tiresome to make up a fake person and put them through the paces of a fake story." Her new novel, Motherhood, seems to be based on her own life — it re-processes her life through the filter of literature.

Heti discusses and launches her new book, as well as the broader questions around the genre of autofiction today, with the artist and writer Ross Simonini.

P.S.: Some advance praise for Motherhood: "This inquiry into the modern woman’s moral, social and psychological relationship to procreation is an illumination, a provocation, and a response—finally—to the new norms of femininity, formulated from the deepest reaches of female intellectual authority. It is unlike anything else I’ve read. Sheila Heti has broken new ground, both in her maturity as an artist and in the possibilities of the female discourse itself." — Rachel Cusk

P.P.S.: One reviewer said that if you buy her books, your best friend will steal them.

P.P.P.S.: Fuck Seth Price.

Sheila Heti is the author of seven books, including How Should a Person Be? (2012), which named one of the best novels of the year by The New York Times, The New Yorker, SF Chronicle, among others. She is co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes, which features the voices of 639 women from around the world. She is the former Interviews Editor of The Believer magazine.

Ross Simonini is an artist, writer, and musician. His first novel, The Book of Formation, was published by Melville House Books in 2017. He is the Interviews Editor of The Believer magazine.

This event is co-presented with CCA's MFA Program in Creative Writing.

This is the ninth event in our year-long season about and around the work of Seth Price.

6:30 pm: Sheila Heti in conversation with Ross Simonini

Location:
CCA Creative Writing Studio
195 De Haro Street
San Francisco

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