PEN Canada, in association with the Royal Ontario Museum, presents the next event in the Ideas in Dialogue series. Jian Ghomeshi and Sheila Heti discuss the interplay between traditional memoirs and writing that blends fictional facts and factual fictions. Moderated by Mark Medley.
Jian Ghomeshi is a broadcaster, writer, musician and producer. He is the host and co-creator of the national daily talk program, Q, on CBC Radio One and CBC TV. His first book, 1982, is a memoir told across ten intertwined stories of the songs and musical moments that changed his life.
Sheila Heti is the author of five books. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, n+1, McSweeney’s, Harper's, and Bookforum, and other places. Most recently, she published How Should a Person Be? , a novel about a playwright named Sheila that combines transcribed conversations, real emails and fiction.
Mark Medley is the National Post's Books editor and oversees the paper's books blog, The Afterword. He will be moderating the conversation.