Lecturing on topics one knows nothing about may be a liability for professionals, but for participants in Sheila Heti's Trampoline Hall lecture series, it’s a requirement. Since late 2001, the monthly Toronto-based talks have been a fixture of the city’s arts scene, inviting speakers to wax poetic on topics ranging from “The Lazy Sociopath” to “Secret Eating” and “Teenage Circumcision.” In honor of the Heti and Misha Glouberman’s new book, The Chairs Are Where the People Go, they've taken the series on the road, and will appear tonight for a book-promo-cum-Trampoline-Hall event at the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn with writers Sara Marcus and Adam Sternbergh. More details are available here.
"It’s sad, but our feud is beyond repair": Margaret Drabble talks about a lifetime of enmity with her sister A. S. Byatt.
Members of the National Book Critics Circle are naming their favorite comic novels, which include Charles Portis’s Masters of Atlantis, Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two Birds, and Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim (duh). Our favorite selection: George and Weedon Grossmith's Diary of a Nobody.
Google has announced its first e-reader, the iRiver Story HD, which reportedly looks a lot like a Kindle. There’s at least one big difference: The iRiver will allow you to buy from Google's e-bookstore.
Vogue editor Anna Wintour is reportedly gearing up to write her memoir—or at least to find someone else to write it.