DAVID SEDARIS - Theft By Finding

Tuesday, June 13th at 7pm

speaking & signing
Theft By Finding

Ariel Levy
speaking & signing
The Rules Do Not Apply




Wristband distribution to ticket holders begins at 9am on 6/13. 



  • Tickets are now available. 
  • Tickets are only available via Brown Paper Tickets. They are not available in-store. 
  • Tickets cost $28 (plus service fee) and include one copy of Theft By Finding.
  • Each ticket qualifies ONE person for a wristband, distributed at 9am on June 13th. 
  • Wristbands are limited and are required for entrance to our 2nd floor event space, where the reading will be held. The event space will open at 5pm on June 13th.
  • All ticket holders will be given a book in the signing line to meet David Sedaris. 
  • Ticket holders without wristbands and the general public will be able to listen to the event on the 1st floor of BookPeople and will be allowed to enter the general signing line. 

Please note: Tickets will be processed by Brown Paper Tickets, not BookPeople. Brown Paper Tickets will issue a refund of the full face value of your tickets and the service fee within 12 hours of purchase or if the event is canceled or postponed. After that 12 hour period, tickets are non-refundable. If you purchase a ticket, cannot attend the event, and cannot refund the ticket via Brown Paper Tickets, we will hold a copy of Theft By Finding for you at BookPeople for 30 days after the date of the event. You may not pick up the book in advance of the event. 



  • This event will be at BookPeople, 603 N Lamar.
  • Entrance to the event space begins for wristband holders at 5pm. Event begins at 7PM
  • Books will be distributed in the signing line for the event. Books will not be available at BookPeople prior to the event.
  • After David Sedaris speaks, he will sign books. He will sign any backlist titles as well as copies of Theft By Finding. Those on the 2nd floor will be first in line, then ticket holders on the 1st floor, then the general public. 
  • We do expect this to be a long night of signing, but a fun one! 


  • Give us a call (512) 472-5050
  • Or shoot us an email: online (at) bookpeople.com


David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making

One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book ReviewNew York's "Vulture", The Week, Bustle, BookRiot

David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making

It's no coincidence that the world's best writers tend to keep diaries. If you faithfully record your life in a journal, you're writing every day--and if you write every day, you become a better writer. David Sedaris has kept a diary for forty years. This means that if you've kept a diary for a year of your life or less, Sedaris is at least forty times better at writing than you are.

In his diaries, he's recorded everything that has captured his attention--overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and with them he has honed his self-deprecation and learned to craft his cunning, surprising sentences.

Now, for the first time, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world in Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002. This is the first-person account of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.

Most diaries -- even the diaries of great writers -- are impossibly dull, because they generally write about their emotions, or their dreams, or their interior life. Sedaris's diaries are unique because they face outward. He doesn't tell us his feelings about the world, he shows us the world instead, and in so doing he shows us something deeper about himself.

Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that there's no such thing as a boring day--when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, adventure waits around every corner.


A dazzlingly written, profound memoir about a woman experiencing unthinkable loss and learning to accept that life is often beyond our control—and that reinvention and moving forward is still possible.

“People have been telling me since I was a little girl that I was too fervent, too forceful, too much. I thought I had harnessed the power of my own strength and greed and love to a life that could contain it. But it has exploded.”

As a young woman Levy decided that to be a writer would be like being a professional explorer; she’d be free to do and travel anywhere she chose. When, as a 38-year-old working journalist, she left for a reporting trip to Mongolia she thought she had figured out her life: she was married, pregnant, financially secure and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true.

“In the last few months, I have lost my son, my spouse, and my house. Every morning I wake up and for a few seconds I’m disoriented, confused as to why I feel grief seeping into my body, and then I remember what has become of my life.”

In gorgeous, moving, sharp, unforgettable prose, Levy describes her own ill-fated assumptions: thinking that anything is possible, that the old rules do not apply, that marriage doesn’t have to mean monogamy, that aging doesn’t have to mean infertility. In telling her own searing story, Levy has captured a portrait of our time, of the shifting forces in American culture, of what has changed and what has remained. And of how to begin again.


David Sedaris is the author of the books Let's Explore Diabetes with OwlsSquirrel Seeks ChipmunkWhen You Are Engulfed in FlamesDress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimMe Talk Pretty One DayHolidays on IceNaked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.


ARIEL LEVY joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008. Levy received the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism for her piece “Thanksgiving in Mongolia.” Levy teaches at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, every summer, and was a Visiting Critic at the American Academy in Rome in 2012. She is the author of the book Female Chauvinist Pigs. Before joining The New Yorker, she was a contributing editor at New York for twelve years.

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Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316154727
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - May 30th, 2017

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812996937
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Published: Random House - March 14th, 2017

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