When Sarah Dearing celebrates the publication of her latest novel The Art of Sufficient Conclusions at the Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton, at Henderson south of College, 416-531-5833) tonight at 7:30 pm, she won't be doing so alone.
Paula Eisenstein, Jason Heroux and Jim Smith - the authors of Flip Turn, Natural Capital and Happy Birthday, Nicanor Parra respectively - will be joining her as Mansfield Press releases its fall lineup in time for award season. Publisher/editor Denis De Klerck and editor Stuart Ross host. Admission is free and the public is welcome, especially if they're in the mood for buying books.
We spoke to Dearing on the eve of the launch.
What does the title mean and what's the book about?
"It comes from a longer quote from Samuel Butler: ‘Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.' The heroine is on a quest to find a connection to her long-dead father through research into his secretive past. She uncovers layers and layers of allusion and is challenged to decipher fact from fiction. Ultimately she realizes it's up to her to choose what to believe."
"(Insert long rasping laugh here). I'd rather go to dinner and just eat."