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Shelia Heti and Elif Batuman in Conversation
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 6:30PM

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Spend an evening with two masterful practitioners of the autobiographical novel, a compelling literary format that tantalizingly blurs the line between memoir and fiction. Sheila Heti uses the conventions of both novels and diaries in Motherhood, her meditative and revelatory account about deciding whether to have children. Elif Batuman’s semi-autobiographical The Idiot delights in probing the gaps between reality and the stories we impose on it. Join these acclaimed writers as they examine the dynamics of the autobiographical novel and the humor, truth, and self-discovery that sometimes only fiction can allow. Co-presented with the Brooklyn Historical Society. This event is part of the World Voices Festival My Story stream, supported by Amazon Literary Partnership.