Elements of Wit and A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy Montreal Book Launch

On Saturday, November 29, join Sarah Lazarovic and Benjamin Errett for the launch of their respective books, A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy and Elements of Wit!

Sarah will begin with a workshop from 5-7 p.m. for which she will do free covet paintings. What does that mean? Tell her about a thing you covet, she will paint it, and you will take home the painting instead of the thing you wanted to spend money on! After the workshop, the authors will talk about their books with Montreal author Mireille Silcoff. There will be books for sale and signing!

A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy is a witty, gracious, and charmingly illustrated anti-consumer manifesto.

Like most people, Sarah Lazarovic covets beautiful things. But rather than giving in to her impulse to spend and acquire, Sarah spent a year painting the objects she wanted to buy instead.

Based on a visual essay that was first published on The Hairpin, A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy is a beautiful and witty take on the growing “slow shopping” movement. Sarah is a well-known blogger and illustrator, and she writes brilliantly without preaching or guilt-tripping. Whether she’s trying to justify the purchase of yet another particleboard IKEA home furnishing, debating the pros and cons of leg warmers or calculating the per-day usage cost of big-ticket items, Sarah’s poignant musings will resonate with any reader who’s ever been susceptible to an impulse buy.

Sarah Lazarovic is an artist and freelance journalist. She contributes to a handful of publications, and keeps you informed of these contributions at SarahL.com

Got wit?

We’ve all been in that situation where we need to say something clever, but innocuous; smart enough to show some intelligence, without showing off; something funny, but not a joke. What we need in that moment is wit—that sparkling combination of charm, humor, confidence, and most of all, the right words at the right time.

Elements of Wit is an engaging book that brings together the greatest wits of our time, and previous ones from Oscar Wilde to Nora Ephron, Winston Churchill to Christopher Hitchens, Mae West to Louis CK, and many in between.

With chapters covering the essential ingredients of wit, this primer sheds light on how anyone—introverts, extroverts, wallflowers, and bon vivants—can find the right zinger, quip, parry, or retort…or at least be a little bit more interesting.

Benjamin Errett is Director of Strategy at National Post, where he occasionally writes columns about people who are witty. You can find more Ben at elementsofwit.com

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