In addition to his event planning career, Tjia has published both poetry (2005's The World Is A Heartbreaker) and graphic novels. 2009's The Hipless Boy chronicled a hapless protagonist making his way through Montreal's art scene with extreme tenderness. This week, he'll convince the scholastic to strip down to their skivvies at Buddies in Bad Times for another edition of his Strip Spelling Bee, and launch his new book You Are A Cat!, a choose-your-own adventure style narrative from the point of view of a feline.
I talked to Sherwin over email about his book launch, why he'd love to host a speed dating event for the suicidal, and the differences between Montreal and Toronto.
"I lied to my mother and told her it was a brown mud snake I found on the Humber River so she'd let me keep it," said Collier. "And it started growing and growing, and when she had company over one day, I actually told them I had a boa constrictor. I remember her turning to me, shocked, with her mouth hanging wide open. But she had already liked the snake. I made sure she liked it before I divulged."
Read my review of The Grape in the bars section.