GEOFF DYER - White Sands

Thursday, May 19 at 7PM

Award Winning Author
speaking & signing
White Sands:

Experiences from the Outside World









Geoff Dyer returns to BookPeople to introduce his highly anticipated new book White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World. Fans familiar with his work, Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It, The Ongoing Moment, and most recently, Another Great Day at Sea,  will recognize his trademark wit and wisdom as well as his unique perspective while he travels and notes his surrounding. We're excited to bring him back! He will be speaking and signing this evening. Come join us! 


From “one of our most original writers” (Kathryn Schulz) comes an expansive and exacting book—firmly grounded, but elegant, witty, and always inquisitive—about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when we step outside ourselves. 

Geoff Dyer's perennial search for tranquility, for “something better,” continues in this series of fascinating and seemingly unrelated pilgrimages—with a tour guide who is in fact not a tour guide at the Forbidden City in Beijing, with friends at the Lightning Field in New Mexico, with a hitchhiker picked up near a prison at White Sands, and with “a dream of how things should have been” at the Watts Towers in Los Angeles. 

Weaving stories about places to which he has recently traveled with images and memories that have persisted since childhood, Dyer tries “to work out what a certain place—a certain way of marking the landscape—means; what it’s trying to tell us; what we go to it for.” One of the essays takes its title from Gaugin’s masterwork, and asks the same questions: Where do we come from, what are we, where are we going? The answers are elusive: in French Polynesia, where he travels to write about Gaugin and the lure of the exotic, when he visits the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see the masterpiece in person only to be told it is travelling, when he and his wife journey to Norway to see, but end up not seeing, the Northern Lights. But at home in California, after a medical event that makes Dyer see everything in a different way, he may finally have found what he’s been searching for.


Geoff Dyer is the author of many books including But Beautiful (winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize); The Missing of the Somme; Out of Sheer Rage; The Ongoing Moment (winner of the ICP Infinity Award); Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; Zona; Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It; and, most recently, Another Great Day at Sea. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, his many awards include the GQ Writer of the Year Award, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and a 2015 Windham-Campbell Prize. Also in 2015, Dyer was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages. He is writer in residence at USC and lives in Venice, California. 

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Event date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703-5413
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ISBN: 9781101870853
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Pantheon - May 3rd, 2016

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