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Pure Colour: Sheila Heti in conversation with Sarah Ruhl

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Click here to reserve your place by purchasing a ticket which includes a hardback copy of Pure Colour.

Charis Books & More welcomes Sheila Heti in conversation with Sarah Ruhl for a launch event for Pure Colour, the new novel from Sheila Heti, author of Motherhood and How Should a Person Be?—co-hosted by Charis along with Politics and Prose Bookstore, Books & Books, Literati Bookstore, McNally Jackson Independent Booksellers, and White Whale Bookstore. This virtual event takes place on Crowdcast.

About Pure Colour:
Pure Colour is a galaxy of a novel: explosive, celestially bright, huge, and streaked with beauty. It is a contemporary bible, an atlas of feeling, and an absurdly funny guide to the great (and terrible) things about being alive. Sheila Heti is a philosopher of modern experience, and she has reimagined what a book can hold.

Here we are, just living in the first draft of Creation, which was made by some great artist, who is now getting ready to tear it apart.

In this first draft of the world, a woman named Mira leaves home to study. There, she meets Annie, whose tremendous power opens Mira’s chest like a portal—to what, she doesn’t know. When Mira is older, her beloved father dies, and his spirit passes into her. Together, they become a leaf on a tree. But photosynthesis gets boring, and being alive is a problem that cannot be solved, even by a leaf. Eventually, Mira must remember the human world she’s left behind, including Annie, and choose whether or not to return.

About the Authors:
Sheila Heti is the author of ten books, including the novels Pure Colour, Motherhood, and How Should a Person Be?, which New York magazine deemed one of the “New Classics” of the twenty-first century. She was named one of the “New Vanguard” by the New York Times book critics, who, along with a dozen other magazines and newspapers, chose Motherhood as a top book of 2018. Her books have been translated into twenty-four languages. She lives in Toronto and Kawartha Lakes, Ontario.

Sarah Ruhl’s plays include In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Melancholy Play; For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Oldest Boy, Stage Kiss, Dear Elizabeth, Eurydice, Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, and a translation of Three Sisters. She has been a two-time Pulitzer prize finalist and a Tony award nominee. Her plays have been produced on and off-Broadway, around the country, and internationally where they have been translated into over fifteen languages. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the Steinberg award, the Sam French award, the Susan Smith Blackburn award, the Whiting award, the Lily Award, a PEN award for mid-career playwrights, and the MacArthur award. You can read more about her work on Her newest book is Smile: The Story of a Face and a collection of poems. Love Poems in Quarantine is available for pre-order now. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama, and she lives in Brooklyn with her family.

This is a ticketed event which includes a copy of the book. Pure Color will be published on February 15 and books will be shipped or available after the event. You may choose to have your book shipped to you anywhere in the U.S. or you may choose porch pick up at our store in Decatur, GA. You will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite with your viewing link and a separate email from Charis Books and More when your book has shipped or is ready for pick up. Thank you for supporting your independent feminist bookstore since 1974. Click here to buy your ticket now.

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Reserve your place by purchasing a ticket which includes a hardback copy of Pure Colour.