Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00 PM
Book Launch, Book Signing: Toronto Lit Up

The Monarch Tavern

12 Clinton St
Toronto M6J 2N8
Cost: FREE

Join Coach House Books and the Toronto International Festival of Authors in celebrating the release of Andrew Kaufman’s The Ticking Heart through Toronto Lit Up!

There will be a very special live broadcast from 93.5 Metaphoria F.M. A once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed!

Part modern fable, part detective novel, a journey through grief in the imaginary world of MetaphoriaOne cold winter night, Charlie shares a cab with a stranger in a purple hat. As they talk, a cloud of purple smoke overwhelms him and he wakes up to find himself behind the only desk in the Epiphany Detective Agency. Charlie, as it turns out, is trapped in Metaphoria, an otherworldly place that reality has forgotten, a place where everything means something else. His first client is Shirley Kintsugi, who insists on hiring Charlie to find her husband’s missing heart. In fact, she’s so insistent that she replaces Charlie’s heart with a bomb. He has twenty-four hours to find Twiggy Kintsugi’s heart – and its meaning – or his own will explode.

Tender and brutal, optimistic and despairing, this modern fable by the author of the cult hit All My Friends Are Superheroes takes a fresh look at what it means to fall into, and out of, love.


Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Click here for more information.



  • Andrew Kaufman

    Andrew Kaufman lives and writes in Toronto. He is the author of international bestseller All My Friends are Superheroes, The Waterproof Bible, ReLit Award–winner The Tiny Wife, and Born Weird, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail and was shortlisted for the Leacock Award for humour. The Ticking Heart is his latest book.