Book Clubs
& Readings

 

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Available now in print or audio in the U.S., Canada, Australia/NZ, and the UK
Optioned for television by Muse Entertainment.

 

 



Upcoming Readings & Events


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Sarah Selecky will be reading at various locations this summer and fall from her novel Radiant Shimmering Light.
 

Details will be posted below as locations are finalized.

London, UK

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Seattle, WA

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Portland, OR

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw Writing Festival
Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21, 2019

California, CA

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 18, 2019


  • “Selecky bucks expectations…a radically gentle takedown of capitalist spiritualism.”

  • “An intriguing novel which will elicit a wide range of responses from readers. I can’t think of a more perfect novel for a book club.”

  • “Selecky pokes fun at the culture of online empowerment that attracts women in particular — that strange mix of spirituality, philosophy and self-help with a healthy dash of capitalism — without mocking or dismissing it. . . . Smart and subtle.”

  • “A killer satire . . . [and] a funny, tender, gimlet-eyed dive into the cult of self-improvement.”

  • “In Radiant Shimmering Light, [Sarah Selecky] nails the Perfect-Yourself 35-43 gen in all of its hopeful internet-brand-conscious pyramid-scheming empowering goddessiness. Social satire + cultural insight whipped into a yummy froth! You’ll laugh + shed a tiny precious tear, my petals!”

  • “Selecky's sharp parody explores female friendship and questions the role of consumerism in women's empowerment and self-improvement trends.”

  • “[A] page-turning debut . . . The author explores the power and distraction of social media, the paths to creativity, and how intense devotion to a cause can either consume one's identity or allow one to flourish, resulting in a searing look at mass market–oriented transformation.”

About Sarah

Sarah Selecky earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and her writing has appeared in top Canadian magazines and quarterlies such as The Walrus, The New Quarterly, and The Journey Prize Anthology.

Sarah is the author of This Cake Is for the Party, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, as well as the new novel Radiant Shimmering Light.

She is also the creator of internationally-acclaimed creative writing school (and MFA alternative) Sarah Selecky Writing School, which includes collaborations with Margaret Atwood, George Saunders, Karen Joy Fowler, and other authors.

www.sarahselecky.com/books
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  • “Selecky's vivid, smartly satirical tale will make you feel like you've fallen into an exquisite painting, a women's empowerment cult and a midlife crisis all at once.”

  • “If you've ever fallen asleep during savasana in yoga class or gotten a headache from your essential-oil mix, Sarah Selecky's hilarious debut novel about self-help gurus and the people who follow them is for you . . . There's plenty of laughs-but lots of truth, too.”

  • “[A] cheeky satire that deftly pokes fun at self-help culture . . . You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll cringe at how much of your social-media-obsessed self you recognize in these pages.”

  • “Our online world provides endless humorous possibility and here is a book that's witty, timely, and smart with regard to social media. But then, quite wonderfully, Selecky's story turns more complicated than it first appeared. Bursting with energy and color, every page delights and provokes. This book is a dazzler.”

    Author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

  • “[A] darkly hilarious satire . . . This novel delivers an unforgettable take on authenticity, success, and storytelling in today's digital age.”

  • “Selecky's biting, tragicomic first novel is an insider look at the intersection between the sincerity of belief and the commodification of aspiration . . . [Her] deadpan tone, punchy writing, and vivid characters transport readers to a specific, highly diverting world that hits close to the bone and sparks the self-reflection it's spoofing.”