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Friday, 22 July 2011

THE CHAIRS ARE WHERE THE PEOPLE GO and Trampoline Hall

Okay, so I'll admit it. Those of us at the Librairie have a definite fondness for Sheila Heti's writing (exhibits A, B, C, D, E, F, etc.), and after reading The Chairs Are Where the People Go, I also have a pretty strong bias in favour of Misha Glouberman too.

If you're like us, you'll be delighted to hear that we were able to twist some arms and get them to launch the book in Montreal! It all goes down Tuesday August 2nd at 8 pm sharp at La Sala Rossa, 4848 Boul. Saint-Laurent, and tickets are available now at the Librairie D+Q (211 Bernard O.) and the Casa del Popolo (4873 Saint-Laurent).



Let me backtrack a bit. The book is now on sale! 

The Chairs Are Where The People Go is a collaborative work between Heti and Glouberman. It's a book "of everything Misha knows." The two compiled a list of subjects and, "as Misha talked, Sheila typed." What this produced was an utterly unclassifiable kind of a book, composed of very short chapters which  address very specific topics. At first glance, many of these topics seem of little relevance to my life, and part of what I liked was beginning a chapter balking at its topic, only to melt halfway through.

A few chapters I found particularly compelling were "Is monogamy a trick?"; "Making the city more fun for you and your privileged friends isn't a super-noble political goal"; "Harvard and Class"; and "Failure and Games". In the best of these pieces, Misha's meandering narration leads to insightful observations, (often unexpected) conclusions about race, politics, friendship, love, and various other things that define human interactions.  He does so in a thoughtful way: non-judgmental, wise, and profound, while coming at everything with a perspective that is remarkable in its singularity.

I'm left with the impression that one of his hallmarks is the ability to articulate underlying problems that too often go unarticulated.  Click on the Harvard and Class link to see what I mean.


Anyway, enough blabbing about the book. Instead, let me tell you more about our upcoming (less than two weeks away!) event with these fine folk. Misha and Sheila co-founded the immensely popular Trampoline Hall, a series of lectures where speakers talk on subjects outside their area of expertise. The Trampoline Hall series, hosted by Misha Glouberman, has travelled all across the USA and has run to sold-out houses in Toronto for a decade. And for the first time ever, they are bringing it to Montreal!

The launch party for The Chairs Are Where the People Go will feature readings by Glouberman and Heti, three Trampoline Hall presentations (curated by Mark Slutsky), and a Q&A session. 

The three presenters will be:
Marci Denesiuk ("Evolution and Shadow Puppetry")
Anthony Kinik ("The Evil Eye")
Jesse Staniforth ("The Theory of Relativity")


Let me say it one more time. Run, don't walk! Get your tickets at the Librairie (211 Bernard) or Casa (4873 Saint-Laurent). This is going to be a good one, folks, and all for five small dollars. Pick up your copy of the book at the store now, or purchase a copy at the event!

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