Friday, June 14 at 6PM

speaking and signing



Please note: Second floor tickets are now sold out!



- Tickets are only available via Eventbrite. They are not available in-store. 

- Tickets cost $17.99 (plus fees) and include one copy of Calypso in paperback. 

- Tickets purchased now qualify ONE person for entry to our 2nd floor event space and a spot in the signing line on June 14th. Access to the 2nd floor for the event will begin at 4pm and is limited to those with tickets numbered 1-400. NOTE: Second floor tickets are now sold out!

  • Specific seats chosen on the ticket map DO NOT correspond to an actual seat. The numbers denote your position in the signing line only. Tickets will be called in chronological order.

- Books will be given to ticket holders the day of the event. They are not available for pickup at BookPeople prior to the event.

- Our first floor will also be open for those who wish to listen to the event without a ticket. Those without a ticket will be able to enter the signing line at the end of the event. 

- Seating on the second floor is limited to those who are physically unable to stand to for the event. We appreciate your cooperation with this as we try to make everyone comfortable for the event.

- We expect this to be a late but fun night.


If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.


David Sedaris is the author of the books Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.

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Friday, June 14, 2019 - 6:00pm
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