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August 1, 2006
The City of Toronto and Toronto Life magazine announce the “face the arts” recipient for August: Sheila Heti
The City of Toronto and Toronto Life magazine, as part of Toronto’s Live With Culture campaign and Toronto Life’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, are pleased to announce internationally-renowned author Sheila Heti as the “face the arts” recipient for August. Ms. Heti will be featured on the “face the arts” website at as well as in the August issue of Toronto Life magazine.

About Sheila Heti
Sheila Heti was born and raised in Toronto. When she was 18, she moved to Montreal to study Playwriting at the National Theatre School. Several years later, she attended the University of Toronto for Art History and Philosophy.

Her first book, The Middle Stories, was published when she was 24 by House of Anansi Press in Canada and McSweeney’s Books in the United States, and then translated into German, French, Spanish and Dutch.

In 2001, she created the popular Trampoline Hall Lecture Series, in which people speak on subjects outside their areas of expertise. The shows ran monthly in Toronto at the Cameron House for several years, and now play at Sneaky Dee’s. The series was praised in The New Yorker magazine for “celebrating eccentricity and do-it-yourself inventiveness.”

Heti recently published her first novel, Ticknor, about an unhappy man on his way to a dinner party, while carrying a pie. The book was praised in Esquire as “a work brilliantly crafted to deliver its revelations and redemptions.” It was shortlisted for the Trillium Prize, translated into French, and published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the United States.

Each month, a different photographer is chosen to create the portraits of the recipients for the pages of Toronto Life. Lee Towndrow photographed Sheila Heti for Toronto Life’s August issue. Towndrow is a photographer and multidisciplinary artist. In the past 12 years, besides extensive commercial photography and photojournalism, he has designed numerous album covers, created special visual effects for music videos and commercials, and mounted conceptual art exhibits in Buenos Aires. He lives and works in Toronto and Valencia, Spain.

About “face the arts”
The “face the arts” program is designed to acknowledge and provide wider exposure for 10 extraordinary Toronto-based cultural mavericks who, through artistic promise, achievement or vision, have enriched the cultural life of this city now and for future generations. From March until December 2006, a different individual from diverse artistic disciplines will be featured within the pages of Toronto Life and on

Funding for “face the arts” has been provided by the City of Toronto, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Government of Canada through the Cultural Capital of Canada program. Toronto Life is a presenting sponsor of this program.

Live With Culture is a 16-month celebration of Toronto’s extraordinary arts and cultural communities, shining a spotlight on the vibrant and diverse activities happening in the city each and every day. From September 2005 until the end of 2006, Live With Culture showcases the vast scope of the city’s culture of creativity and inspires Torontonians to make culture part of their daily lives. How do you live with culture? Visit, the ultimate guide to Toronto’s culture scene.

Media contact:
Rita Davies
Toronto Culture



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