David Sedaris discusses and signs Calypso


Jun 28, 2018 – 6:00 PM

695 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101 Map

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Vroman's Bookstore and Alta present David Sedaris discussing and signing 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. (Little Brown and Company) Due to the limited capacity of our event space this is a ticketed event. Tickets admit one and include one copy of David Sedaris' new book, Calypso.  Event guidelines:- Mr. Sedaris will sign all his titles, but he will only sign books.- Absolutely NO photography or video, please. Do not bring a camera.  There will be two groups of tickets for this event: SOLD OUT - Primary Ticket Group: Because this event will be upstairs in the Vroman’s event space, seating will be limited. Only the first 130 ticket buyers will be permitted upstairs for the presentation. Seating upstairs will be first come first served for the Primary Ticket Group once they have checked in and received their copy of Calypso. Any ticket holders not in their seat by 5:45pm will forfeit their seat. Secondary Ticket Group: Once the tickets for the Primary group have sold out we will release tickets for the Secondary ticket group also through Eventbrite. These ticketed customers will not be allowed upstairs during the presentation, and will only be allowed upstairs to get their books signed once the upstairs starts to clear out. On the day of the event when secondary ticket group check in and receive their book they will also receive a lettered line ticket for the signing line. We will try to have the presentation played throughout the store so secondary ticket group may listen, however we cannot guarantee this possibility. Questions? Please call (626) 449-5320 or visit
David Sedaris: David Sedaris may well be the closest thing the literary world has these days to a rock starhis speaking engagements are now consistently standing-room-only, a far cry from his early days as a housecleaner in New York City. Sedaris made his comic debut recounting his strange-but-true experiences of his job as a Macys elf clad in green tights, reading his SantaLand Diaries on National Public Radios Morning Edition. His sardonic wit and incisive social critique have since made him one of Americas pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which Sedaris slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of the bestsellers Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day, both of which became immediate bestsellers. Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name The Talent Family and have written several plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobblers Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service. His essays appear regularly in Esquire and The New Yorker. Sedaris original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ in Chicago. In 2001, David Sedaris became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He was named by Time magazine as Humorist of the Year in 2001. His book Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim was published in June 2004, and an anthology of stories, Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories, edited by David Sedaris, was published in April 2005. In 2005, David Sedaris was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album ("Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim") and Best Comedy Album ("David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall").

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