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Virtual Event: Sheila Heti with Elif Batuman

February 18, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST


Join us on Friday, February 18th at 6pm PT when Sheila Heti is joined virtually by Elif Batuman to celebrate the release of her latest novel, Pure Colour!

Presented in proud partnership with our friends at Elliott Bay Books, Skylight Books, A Room of One’s Own, and Seminary Co-op.

Tickets include access to the virtual event with Heti and a soon to be selected interlocutor, as well as a copy of Pure Colour with signed bookplate. Audience Q+A to follow.

Please note this is a ticketed event

Tickets can be purchased here

About Pure Colour

The world is failing to remain a world. It is coming apart. The ice cubes are melting. Species are dying. People, too—of different things. But what if this world is just a first draft, made by some great artist in order to be destroyed?

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.

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.

About Sheila Heti

Sheila Heti is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including Motherhood and How Should a Person Be?, which New York magazine called one of the “New Classics of the 21st Century.” She was named one of “The New Vanguard” by the book critics of The New York Times, who, along with a dozen other magazines and newspapers, chose Motherhood as a top book of 2018. Her books have been translated into twenty-one languages.

About Elif Batuman

Elif Batuman’s first novel, The Idiot, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in the UK. She is also the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. She has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010 and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. Her second novel, Either/Or, will publish in May.


Copies of the book will be shipped on or as close to publication date (2.15.22) as possible. Ticket holders will receive tracking via email.

Ticket holders will receive a login link closer to event start date with Crowdcast password.

This is a ticketed live-stream event, and a recording will be available for one week after event date for those unable to watch live.

To attend the event, you must purchase a ticket through the Eventbrite page linked above. Purchase of Pure Colour made through the bookstore website does not grant entry to the event.

We cannot ship books outside of the U.S. We apologize for any inconvenience.


February 18, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST
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