Sherwin Sullivan Tjia In Conversation with Misha Glouberman for "You Are A Cat!" Launch

Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 3:00pm
The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W.
Sherwin Sullivan Tjia In Conversation with Misha Glouberman for "You Are A Cat!" Launch

Sherwin Sullivan Tjia In Conversation with Misha Glouberman for "You Are A Cat!" Launch

Trampoline Hall host, Misha Glouberman chats with author and illustrator Sherwin Sullivan Tjia about the involved creation of Tjia’s mew book, You Are A Cat!, the debut release from his gamebook-inspired  "Pick-a-Plot" series. Join Tjia for a Q&A and an illustrated presentation on planning an interactive book, creating the feline POV and the legalities of a "Choose Your Own Adventure" style book. But wait, that’s not all…prepare for the unveiling of Tjia’s new "E-Z PURR" cat emulation system, a CD with over an hour of cats purring.

Saturday, November 5, 2011 
The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West
Doors open at 2:30 pm; Event starts at 3:00 pm
Admission is $5.00 or FREE with a book purchase

Meow, Mewl & Maul. Only you can do it all. You are Holden Catfield. But your family calls you Holden. Or sometimes Mr. Catfield. You’re a cat! And you just woke up spooned behind the knees of Julie, the daughter in the dysfunctional family you live with. It’s a brand new Caturday! What are you going to do? Unlike dogs, you do what you want!

If you decide to go back to bed, turn to page 17. Venture outside and visit your girlfriend on page 8, or head further downtown to page 35. The choice is yours! But beware, being a cat isn’t all napping in sunbeams and curling up on laps. There are funny noises coming from the upstairs bathroom, a tomcat in the alley who doesn’t like to be crossed, and a strange man on the corner who is always giving you free samples of catnip...

Inspired by the gamebook fad of the ’80s — You Are a Cat! is lavishly illustrated from the first-person feline floor purrspective. The complete package from writer & artist Sherwin Tjia, whose graphic novel The Hipless Boy was nominated for a Doug Wright Award & four Ignatz Awards, the kittenish & catactular You Are a Cat! is a catventure you won’t forget & the closest you’ll come to being a cat without dying & reincarnating as one. For more information, visit Conundrum Press

Sherwin Sullivan Tjia is a Montreal-based poet, painter and illustrator. He is the author of Gentle Fictions, Pedigree Girls, The Hipless Boy, The World is a Heartbreaker, and You Are a Cat!. The World is a Heartbreaker was a finalist for the A.M. Klein Poetry Award. The Hipless Boy was a finalist for the Doug Wright Award and also nominated for four Ignatz Awards. In his spare time, he organizes Slowdance Nights, Love Letter Reading Open Mics, Crowd Karaoke singalongs, and Strip Spelling Bees.

Misha Glouberman is the host of Trampoline Hall, a non-expert barroom lecture series invented by Sheila Heti. He runs a number of participatory events, including Terrible Noises for Beautiful People, where non-musicians create improvised sound pieces together. He is the author, also with Sheila Heti, of The Chairs Are Where the People Go, a book of everything he knows, published by Faber and Faber. This fall, he is teaching a class called How to Talk to People About Things, an introduction to negotiation and communication skills, presented by the Barnicke Gallery at Hart House, University of Toronto. He claims to be Canada’s foremost charades instructor, a claim which has thus far gone unchallenged. He is also available to facilitate conferences and meetings. To learn more or to get announcements of his events, visit

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.

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