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David Sedaris, Calypso

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
David Sedaris Calypso at Bookshop Santa Cruz

LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN. PLEASE CALL THE STORE TO INQUIRE: 423-0900

Bookshop is thrilled to welcome the hysterical David Sedaris for an in-store book talk and signing of his brand new book, 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.

As a requirement of his publisher, this appearance will be held at Bookshop Santa Cruz, so tickets are limited. The store will be closed for this event: Tickets will be required for entry. We have three ticket packages available for this event, each to be sold on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • Central SeatingSOLD OUT! Seating in the main part of the store with a sight line to Sedaris at the podium.—
  • Additional SeatingSOLD OUT! Seating in the paperback fiction room with limited sight lines but with viewing on a large monitor.
  • Standing Room—Standing room only. No sight line is guaranteed but you can hear the whole performance.

All ticket packages are $32 which includes one ticket to the event plus one copy of his new book, Calypso. Your ticket will also give you prioritized access to the signing line.

Please note: The store will be closed for this event and a ticket is the only way to attend.

SIGNING LINE ONLY OPTION: Since David Sedaris is so awesome, he wants everyone to have the opportunity to say hello and get books signed. SO, after he is done with his book talk, Bookshop will re-open our doors for the signing portion of the evening. We will call folks up to have books signed according to the number on their ticket, but non-ticket holders can reserve their spot in the signing line by purchasing Calypso (they'll receive numbered signing line voucher at the register, or you may choose the signing line voucher option below). 

Not able to buy the new book? You can still say howdy to Sedaris and get any of his other books signed--as long as you don't mind waiting until the end. Sedaris has graciously agreed to stay at the store until everyone's had a chance to have books signed--or until his hand stops working. David will stay to meet each and every one of you!

This book/ticket package includes one ticket that guarantees you a space in our standing room only areas, plus one copy of Calypso. There is no guarantee of a sight line of David Sedaris. Line up early if you want the best spot; doors open at 6:30. Late admittance may not be guaranteed. Fire lanes will be strictly enforced, so please respect marked lanes.

Book/tickets can not be shipped, and must be picked up at Bookshop Santa Cruz, preferably prior to the event. Tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be replaced if lost.


This book/ticket package includes one ticket with a guaranteed seat is in the center of the store, where the chairs face the podium, with open seating, and one copy of Calypso. Doors open at 6:30; ticket required for entry. Late seating may not be guaranteed.

Book/tickets can not be shipped, and must be picked up at Bookshop Santa Cruz, preferably prior to the event. Tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be replaced if lost.


This book/ticket package includes one ticket for a guaranteed seat is in our additional seating area in our Fiction room, with a live video feed of David Sedaris, with open seating, as well as one copy of Calypso. These seats will not have a line-of-sight to David Sedaris during the book talk portion of the event. Doors open at 6:30; ticket required for entry. Late seating may not be guaranteed.

Book/tickets can not be shipped, and must be picked up at Bookshop Santa Cruz, preferably prior to the event. Tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be replaced if lost.


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