We are thrilled to welcome award-winning author David Sedaris to An Unlikely Story! Sedaris is the author of twelve books, including A CARNIVAL OF SNACKERY, THE BEST OF ME, and CALYPSO, and he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. During this event, Sedaris read from his new book HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, his first new collection of personal essays since the bestselling CALYPSO. In HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, Sedaris captures his most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant upheavals from living through the Covid pandemic, and expresses in precise language both the misanthropy and desire for connection that drive us all. If we must live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than the incomparable David Sedaris. Cindy House, author of Mother Noise and Sedaris' former student, will open the event with a short reading. Following Sedaris' reading will be an audience Q & A and signing. See the ticketing information below.
**Please note photos will not be allowed during the presentation or signing.
"Admission into the signing line + the book " This ticket includes admission for one into the Meet & Greet where you can have your book signed and one copy of Sedaris' HAPPY-GO-LUCKY. Signing Line/Meet & Greet tickets are unlimited and Sedaris will sign and personalize his new book, and all copies of his previous titles, available in paperback below and at the event. Attendees with signing line tickets will be emailed the week of the event with their designated arrival time. **Please note photos will not be allowed during the signing.**
If you cannot make the event, but would like a personalized copy of Sedaris' books, please order them from our website by June 9th and include the name of the person you would like your books inscribed to.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
David Sedaris returns with his first new collection of personal essays since the bestselling Calypso.
Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask—or not—was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things. As Happy-Go-Lucky opens, he is learning to shoot guns with his sister, visiting muddy flea markets in Serbia, buying gummy worms to feed to ants, and telling his nonagenarian father wheelchair jokes.
But then the pandemic hits, and like so many others, he’s stuck in lockdown, unable to tour and read for audiences, the part of his work he loves most. To cope, he walks for miles through a nearly deserted city, smelling only his own breath. He vacuums his apartment twice a day, fails to hoard anything, and contemplates how sex workers and acupuncturists might be getting by during quarantine.
As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris too finds himself changed. His offer to fix a stranger’s teeth rebuffed, he straightens his own, and ventures into the world with new confidence. Newly orphaned, he considers what it means, in his seventh decade, no longer to be someone’s son. And back on the road, he discovers a battle-scarred America: people weary, storefronts empty or festooned with Help Wanted signs, walls painted with graffiti reflecting the contradictory messages of our time: Eat the Rich. Trump 2024. Black Lives Matter.
In Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris once again captures what is most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant about these recent upheavals, personal and public, and expresses in precise language both the misanthropy and desire for connection that drive us all. If we must live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than the incomparable David Sedaris.
Praise for Happy-Go-Lucky:
“Sedaris's many fans will be filling up reserve lists for a fresh infusion of his unique candor and comedy… though his tone is more poignant than pointed, the essential Sedaris humor reassuringly endures. Amid the barbed quips, there is genuine sorrow, an empathy born of arduous experience.”—Carol Haggas, Booklist (starred review)
“A sweet-and-sour set of pieces on loss, absurdity, and places they intersect… Sedaris remains stubbornly irreverent even in the face of pandemic lockdowns and social upheaval.”—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for David Sedaris:
“Sedaris has such a gift for illuminating small things… His essays exist for a reason—namely, to describe and preserve his family. His family is the deciding factor that makes him a warm and funny writer to the core.”—Liana Finck, New York Times Book Review
“David Sedaris is a singularly talented humorist who lands acerbic zingers with the calculating precision of a kamikaze pilot… He’s maintained league-of-his-own status by staying light on his feet: Just when you’re expecting a wry jab, he clocks you with a poignant gut punch.”—Rachel Rosenblit, Washington Post
“Sedaris is a fun, wickedly funny companion. But for all his playful irreverence and potty humor, he also brings a sharp moral eye to his subjects…He illuminates the manifold wonders (and weirdness) of everyday life.”—Cornelia Channing, Vulture
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David Sedaris is the author of twelve previous books, including, most recently, A Carnival of Snackery, The Best of Me, and Calypso. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. In 2019, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, the Jonathan Swift International Literature Prize for Satire and Humor, and the Terry Southern Prize for Humor.