PATTON OSWALT @CPC-I'll Be Gone in the Dark


Wednesday, March 27 at 7PM 
speaking and signing
I'll Be Gone in the Dark

In conversation with Suzy Spencer

at Central Presbyterian Church


  • Tickets are SOLD OUT.
  • This event takes place at Central Presbyterian Church at 200 E. 8th St, Austin, TX 7870
  • Pre-ordered books will be given to ticket holders the day of the event. They are not available for pick-up at BookPeople prior to the event.
  • A ticket+book admits one person to the event, and includes a paperback copy of I'll Be Gone in the Dark. It is $17.99 plus tax.
  • Seating is general admission; first come, first served.
  • Books are pre-signed. There will be no live signing. 

Please note: If you purchase a ticket and cannot attend the event, we will hold a copy of I'll Be Gone in the Dark 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. 


For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle’s dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.


Michelle McNamara (1970–2016) was the author of the website True Crime Diary. She earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota, and had sold television pilots to ABC and Fox and a screenplay to Paramount. She also worked as a consultant for Dateline NBC. She lived in Los Angeles and is survived by her husband, Patton Oswalt, and their daughter, Alice.


Patton Oswalt is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor and writer. He is known for his role as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens, voicing Remy in the Pixar film Ratatouille, co-starring alongside Charlize Theron in Young Adult and guest starring as Eric Koenig on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Oswalt has appeared in six stand-up specials and won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for his Netflix special Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping


Suzy Spencer is a journalist and author of five nonfiction books, including the New York Times bestselling true crime WastedBreaking Pointthe story of Houston mother Andrea Yates; and Secret Sex Lives: A Year on the Fringes of American Sexualitya memoir about her journalistic research into Americans’ alternative sex practices, though some people describe it as the story of an uptight, white Southern Baptist chick who delves the worlds of swinging and BDSM . . . or maybe she just circles around those worlds. You be the judge. Secret Sex Lives was named a Publishers Weekly Editor’s Pick and a Kinsey Institute Recommended Read. Most impressive of all, it had its launch party at BookPeople.

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