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All Things Move: Book Launch and Conversation

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Upstart & Crow Studio


Join Upstart & Crow and Biblioasis on Thursday, May 4 for an evening of conversation in celebration of Jeannie Marshall’s beautiful new book, All Things Move: Learning to Look in the Sistine Chapel.

The book is an incredibly clever and articulate exploration of our relationship to art, especially art that we may not have an affinity for, or that comes with difficult cultural connotations. It’s approachable and enriching, and we love it.

The evening’s conversation will take place between the author and The Tyee’s culture editor, Dorothy Woodend. Our co-presenter is the incredible Canadian small press, Biblioasis. This event is free, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

We ask that you RSVP, as capacity is limited. Thank you!

About the book:

A deeply personal search for meaning in Michelangelo’s frescoes — and an impassioned defence of the role of art in a fractured age.

What do we hope to get out of seeing a famous piece of art? Jeannie Marshall asked that question of herself when she started visiting the Sistine Chapel frescoes. She wanted to understand their meaning and context, but in the process, she also found what she didn’t know she was looking for.

All Things Move: Learning to Look in the Sistine Chapel tells the story of Marshall’s relationship with one of our most cherished artworks. Interwoven with the history of its making and the Rome of today, it’s an exploration of the past in the present, the street in the museum, and the way a work of art can both terrify and alchemize the soul. An impassioned defence of the role of art in a fractured age, All Things Move is a quietly sublime meditation on how our lives can be changed by art, if only we learn to look.

About the author:

Jeannie Marshall is a writer who has been living in Italy with her family since 2002. A nonfiction author, journalist, and former staff features writer at the National Post in Toronto, she contributes articles to Maclean’s and the Walrus and has published literary nonfiction in The Common, the Literary Review of Canada, Brick, and elsewhere.

More about Upstart & Crow:

Located on Granville Island, Upstart & Crow is a literary arts studio for curious readers and creative storytellers alike. We are international in our outlook, and local in our sensibilities. We create opportunities to surface new talent and champion bold ideas through events, workshops, literary launches, unique partnerships — and yes, we also sell books.


The main studio of our shop is accessible for folks with mobility aids, though there is a small mezzanine with stairs that will not be accessible. All books are on the main floor. There is a washroom on the main floor available for attendees.

All Things Move: Learning to Look in the Sistine Chapel


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