GEORGE SAUNDERS - The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

Sunday, December 6 at 2PM

A Very Special Storytime
With Bestselling Author


speaking & signing
The Very Persistent
Gappers of Frip

Juice, milk & cookies will be served!


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, humans of all ages, join us this afternoong for a very special storytime with storytelling dynamo George Saunders, bestselling author of The Tenth of December. Nibble cookies and sip a bit of milk (juice for the lactose intolerant) as George reads to us from The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, the story of a seaside village where three families learn lessons about community and kindness as they come to terms with gappers who are interfering with their goats! If you've never experienced a live reading by Mr. Saunders, you're in for a very special treat. Join us as we celebrate this delightful story, beautifully illustrated by Lane Smith. The speaking portion of the event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip from BookPeople. 


  • The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public.
  • Tickets are required to join the signing line.
  • Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip from BookPeople.
  • Books & tickets are now available to pre-order. Purchasing a book online automatically assigns you a ticket for the signing. There is no separate "ticket" item to add to your cart.
  • Tickets are lettered. The line for the signing will form according to ticket letter after the author speaks.

Can't make the event? You can pre-order a signed, personalized copy of The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. Makes a great gift for readers on your holiday shopping list, young and old. We ship worldwide!


In the seaside village of Frip live three families: the Romos, the Ronsens, and a little girl named Capable and her father. The economy of Frip is based solely on goat's milk, and this is a problem because the village is plagued by gappers: bright orange, many-eyed creatures the size of softballs that love to attach themselves to goats. When a gapper gets near a goat, it lets out a high-pitched shriek of joy that puts the goats off giving milk, which means that every few hours the children of Frip have to go outside, brush the gappers off their goats, and toss them into the sea. The gappers have always been everyone's problem, until one day they get a little smarter, and instead of spreading out, they gang up: on Capable's goats. Free at last of the tyranny of the gappers, will her neighbors rally to help her? Or will they turn their backs, forcing Capable to bear the misfortune alone? 

Featuring fifty-two haunting and hilarious illustrations by Lane Smith and a brilliant story by George Saunders that explores universal themes of community and kindness, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is a rich and resonant story for those that have all and those that have not. 


George Saunders is the author of four short story collections (including the recent New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist Tenth of December), an essay collection (The Braindead Megaphone), and a children’s book (The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, illustrated by Lane Smith). In 2006, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and was named a MacArthur Fellow. He teaches at Syracuse University.


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Event date: 
Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703-5413
The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip Cover Image
By George Saunders, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780812989632
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - November 24th, 2015

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