Sheila Heti is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the novels Ticknor, Motherhood, and How Should a Person Be? and the story collection, The Middle Stories. She was named one of "The New Vanguard" by The New York Times book critics; a list of fifteen women writers from around the world who are "shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." In 2013, Time listed her as one of 150 Most Influential People in World. Her books have been translated into twenty-one languages.
Her most recent novel, Motherhood, was chosen by the book critics at the New York Times as one of their top books of 2018, and New York magazine chose it as their top book of the year. Her novel, How Should a Person Be? was named one of the 12 “New Classics of the 21st century” by Vulture. It was a New York Times Notable Book, a best book of the year in The New Yorker, and was cited by Time as "one of the most talked-about books of the year.”
Her play, All Our Happy Days are Stupid, had sold-out runs at The Kitchen in New York and Videofag in Toronto. She is currently developing a new play called The Dug Out.
She is the former Interviews Editor of The Believer magazine, and has conducted many long-form print interviews with writers and artists, including Joan Didion, Elena Ferrante, Agnes Varda, Dave Hickey and John Currin. Her fiction and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Bookforum, n+1, Granta, The London Review of Books, and elsewhere.
She has spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Yorker Festival, the 92nd Street Y, the Hammer Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and more; at Princeton University, Columbia, Brown, Claremont College, Wesleyan, Rice University, and elsewhere. She has appeared internationally, including at the Cuirt Festival (Ireland), Festival Americas (Paris), Lit Link (Croatia), The Month of Author’s Readings (Czech Republic), Lit.Cologne (Germany), the Centre of Contemporary Culture (Barcelona), the Sydney Writer’s Festival, and the Open Book Festival (Cape Town).
She is the founder of the Trampoline Hall lecture series, appeared in Margaux Williamson’s film Teenager Hamlet, and sporadically posts new episodes to her podcast, Podcast with Raisins.
She lives in Toronto.