David Sedaris In-Person
June 15 @ 5 PM
Join Anderson’s Bookshop for an in-person event and signing line with bestselling author David Sedaris to celebrate his new collection of personal essays, Happy-Go-Lucky on Wednesday, June 15 at 5pm CT. David will be joined by Cindy House, author of Mother Noise. He will read from his new book and then there will be a numbered signing line. No photography will be allowed.
IMPORTANT EVENT DETAILS: The author and publisher would like to allow as many people as possible into the bookshop for this event to hear the presentation and join the signing line. Because of this, we have two ticket options: book + chair (a limited number of tickets that guarantee you will be seated during the presentation and while waiting for your place in the signing line) and book + standing room only. Please note that this will likely be a crowded event and it may be some time before your turn in the signing line comes up.
More about HAPPY-GO-LUCKY:
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.
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.