Please note: This is a ticketed event. All attendees must be on the registered list for entrance to the event. Premium ticket admits 1, includes a first edition copy of Calypso, and priority entrance in the signing line. Limited Standing Room Only ticket admits 1, does not include a book, and entry to the Signing Line will follow Priority Ticket holders.
- Seating for Priority Ticket holders will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
- No photos or recording of any kind will be permitted for the duration of this event.
- Following his talk, David will sign copies of Calypso as well as backlist titles and essay or magazine collections in which his writing is featured.
#1 New York Times-bestselling author and Grammy Award-nominated spoken word artist David Sedaris joins us at Books Inc. Opera Plaza in celebration of his uproarious and poignant new essay collection, Calypso.
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.