Sheila Heti is the creator of the popular Trampoline Hall Lecture Series, at which people speak on subjects outside their areas of expertise. The series was praised in The New Yorker for "celebrating eccentricity and do-it-yourself inventiveness." Her first book, The Middle Stories, was published by McSweeney's when she was twenty-four, translated internationally, and hailed by The Globe and Mail as "stylish genius." Her recent novel, Ticknor (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), is about an unhappy man on his way to a dinner party, carrying a pie. The Philadelphia City Paper wrote: "It would be a mistake to call this young Canadian author promising, she delivers like a motherfucker."