Author event with David Sedaris, author of Calypso (signing line tix only)

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Parnassus Books is thrilled to be hosting David Sedaris on Friday, June 15th at 7:00 pm for his new book, Calypso. If you would like to attend, please read this event information carefully and in its entirety, as it contains very important info regarding event details. 

Tickets for this event will be available starting on Thursday, May 10th at 10am Central Standard Time, and may be acquired via this link. Each ticket is $30.59 and includes one copy of the book and admits one person to the store for the reading. Every attendee must have a separate ticket.

Seating Tickets ** SOLD OUT ** The first 100 tickets for this event will reserve a seat in the store for the reading. Additionally, each ticket guarantees a spot in the signing line after the reading.

Standing Room Tickets ** SOLD OUT ** Once the first 100 tickets have been purchased, the next 100 tickets are standing room only. Additionally, each ticket guarantees a spot in the signing line after the reading.

Signing Line Only Tickets: Once we reach capacity in the store, we will begin forming a signing line outside of the store. Each signing line only ticket will guarantee a spot in the signing line after the reading.

A note about seating: Because of our layout and capacity limitations, we can only accommodate 200 people inside the store. We also will not be able to provide chairs for every attendee, and not all parts of the store will have full visibility. However, David Sedaris will be here until EVERYONE in line has a chance to meet him and get a book signed.

Signing line information: Your ticket number will assign you to a signing line group. Attendees will be invited to join the signing line based on their ticket number. Each ticket admits one person.

Additional information:

David Sedaris will stay and sign for every attendee. For context, our last event with the author went until 1:30am. There are plenty of great restaurants in our plaza. We encourage you to patronize our fellow businesses while you wait for your signing line group to be called.

There is to be no photography, recording, or video for the entire evening, reading or signing.

Please do not ask the author to sign books written by other people.


Why not host the reading and signing at a bigger venue? Mr. Sedaris loves doing book signings and readings in bookstores themselves, and for additional contractual reasons this was organized as an in-store event.

Can I listen to the reading if I don't buy a ticket? Due to the capacity of the store space, the reading itself will be limited to the first 200 ticket holders.

When will ticket holders receive their copies of the book? You will receive your book when you check in at the event on June 15.

If I don't buy a ticket, when can I join the signing line? Once ticket holders have gotten their books signed, we'll open up the signing line to all. It's unlikely this will happen before 9pm.

I can't come. Can I order a signed book? YES! You can do so via our website.

Is Mr. Sedaris really going to stay and sign books for everyone? Yes!

About 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 writing has 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 tumour joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet - and it just might be his very best.

Event date: 
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215