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“An original form of self-exposure emerges as we see some of the author’s [Sheila Heti’s] verbal habits laid bare.”
Kirkus Reviews

The award-winning, beloved author of Pure Colour Sheila Heti returns to ALOUD with her new thrilling confessional Alphabetical DiariesOver a 10-year period, Heti kept a record of her thoughts, then arranged the sentences from A to Z. Known for her experimental literary workspassionate and reflective, joyful and despairingHeti masterfully structures her diary entries into a pastiche of unconventional structure that keeps the reader entirely engaged.  

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Featured Author and Moderator:

Sheila Heti

Sheila Heti is the author of 11 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 21st 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 24 languages. She lives in Toronto.

Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea is the author, most recently, of Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir of My Infertility. She is a creator of Drag Queen Story Hour, a recipient of awards from PEN/America and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the publisher of DOPAMINE Books.


This program will take place at the Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Click here for a list of public transportation options.

We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is available at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. If you park at the Westlawn Garage, 524 S. Flower Street lot, there is a $8 charge if you exit after 9:00 PM ($1 with Library card validation before 9:00 PM).

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As this program is free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at the start of each program.

You are welcome to come as a standby guest. Standby numbers are distributed one hour before the program on a first-come, first served basis. Admission is subject to availability.

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Yes, the author will be available to personalize your book.

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