Hanging out with Sheila Liming: Book Launch

An evening at Champlain College with Sheila Liming, moderated by Dr. Amy Schiller
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
375 Maple St
Burlington, VT 05401

Join us at at 5:30pm on January 24th for an exciting book launch with Champlain College associate professor Sheila Liming. Sheila will be in conversation with Dr. Amy Schiller of Dartmouth College. 
This event will take place at the Champlain Room of Champlain College, in Burlington, VT.
Phoenix Books will be on hand with copies of Professor Liming's new book for purchase.


A smart and empowering book about the simple art of hanging out … and of taking back our social lives from the deadening whirl of contemporary life.

Almost every day it seems that our world becomes more fractured, more digital, and more chaotic. Sheila Liming has the answer: we need to hang out more. 

Starting with the assumption that play is to children as hanging out is to adults, Liming makes a brilliant case for the necessity of unstructured social time as a key element of our cultural vitality. The book asks questions like what is hanging out? why is it important? why do we do it? how do we do it? and examines the various ways we hang out—in groups, online, at parties, at work.

Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time makes an intelligent case for the importance of this most casual of social structuresand shows us how just getting together can be a potent act of resistance all on its own.

Sheila Liming is an associate professor at Champlain College (Burlington, VT), where she teaches classes on literature, media, and writing. She is the author of two books, What a Library Means to a Woman (Minnesota UP, 2020) and Office (Bloomsbury, 2020), and the editor a new edition of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence (W.W. Norton). Her essays have appeared in venues like The Atlantic, McSweeney’s, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, and The Point.

Dr. Amy Schiller is a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College whose work explores the role of philanthropy in contemporary society. She received her PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. Her research has appeared in New Political ScienceSociety, and her public writing has been published in The AtlanticThe Washington Post, and The Nation, as well as a contributed essay to The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism (Columbia University Press, 2020).

Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time By Sheila Liming Cover Image
ISBN: 9781685890056
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Published: Melville House - January 24th, 2023