Sheila Heti reads from her book How Should a Person Be? in front of Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon on the fifth floor.

Sheila Heti is the author of five books, including the story collection The Middle Stories, the novel Ticknor, and the children’s book We Need a Horse. With Misha Glouberman, she wrote The Chairs Are Where the People Go, a book of “conversational philosopy” that The New Yorker chose as a Best Book of 2011. Last year, she published How Should a Person Be? A Novel from Life, which The New York Times Book Review called an “odd, original, and nearly unclassifiable book...unlike any other novel I can think of.” Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The London Review of Books, n+1, McSweeney’s, Bookforum, and others. She is currently teaching a master class at Columbia called What Is Character? She is the interviews editor at The Believer and has contributed many interviews with writers and artists to the magazine.