An Evening with David Sedaris

 Friday, June 7, 6pm

Left Bank Books

David Sedaris, CalypsoPLEASE NOTE:  Online ticket sales will end at noon 6/7, but signing line tickets will still be available at the door from 3:00 p.m. until David leaves the building!

Left Bank Books welcomes best-selling author and humorist David Sedaris who will be discussing and signing his book Calypso.

As you know, if you read David’s writing, see him on his epic tours, or hear him on the radio – there’s no better storyteller. David has a knack for making us cringe, laugh-out-loud and cry, all in the span of a few lines. This particular collection seems to take an even deeper and darker, more introspective, turn, and surpasses his best writing yet.

With a keen eye toward the loss of his mother, and sister Tiffany, and as he and his father age and find new ways to communicate in an increasingly politicized climate, David delivers the very best of his talents here. You will love these stories, and find them to be a wonderful addition to his varied and beloved backlist.

“Laugh-out-loud funny, true and introspective.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

David is the bestselling author of the books Theft by Finding, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.


All tickets are $20.00, include a paperback copy of Calypso and admission to the booksigning portion of the program.  Tickets in Tiers 1-3 include admission to David’s talk. General Admission tickets are for the booksigning line “meet and greet” following the talk.


Program format:

David Sedaris will speak to ticketholders in Tier 1 through 3 inside the bookstore for about 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A opportunity.

A book signing will follow and David will first autograph books by ticket holders in order of purchase:

Tier One, Tier Two Tier Three, and General Admission.  He will then greet people without tickets, i.e., folks who did not buy a paperback copy of Calypso through Left Bank Books’ event ticketing procedure.

Please refer to the FAQs for more information on how to get the most out of this very special evening.


Inside the store seating and standing room is extremely limited! Do not delay if you want to hear and/or see David before the book signing.

  • Tier 1 tickets are on a first come basis and include seating in the main area of the store where it is possible to see and hear David.
  • Tier 2 tickets are on a first come basis and include seating on the main floor in an area with limited to no visibility.
  • Tier 3 tickets are on a first come basis and include standing and sitting room on the bookstore’s lower level where you can hear but you won’t be able to see.
  • General Admission Signing Line tickets provide admission to the book signing after the presentation.



I got a ticket. Can I pick up my book early?
You can pick up your book anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7.  

I got a ticket but didn't come to the event after all. Can I still have my book?
You can pick up your autographed, prepaid copy of Calypso or contact us to arrange to have it shipped to you for 99 cents, anytime before July 7, 2019. Individuals who do not pick up their copy of Calypso or arrange to have it shipped by July 7, 2019, will forfeit their book.


I got an inside-the-store ticket. What should I expect?

Please refer to the description of each tier in the ticket information for seating and standing room information.
If you have any special needs, or physical limitations, please contact to ensure that we can accommodate you.
You will be admitted to the store, please plan to arrive no later than 5:30, and, depending upon the ticket you have, you will be able to see and/or hear David's presentation and participate in the q&a session after. You will then be prioritized for the booksigning according to your ticket tier.

What time should I get there?
We will be closing the store for set-up at 2:30 p.m. and reopening for Tier 1-3 ticket holders only at 3:30 p.m.  We anticipate that an outdoor line will likely form well in advance of this.  If you line up beforehand, please be respectful of the neighborhood and keep the sidewalk clear for pedestrians.  We recommend arriving no later than 5:30.

Will there be any refreshments?
There will be bottled water and emergency snacks for blood sugar issues. You may bring in a non-alcoholic beverage and light snacks if needed, but we will be at full capacity and for safety reasons, you will not be able to have a picnic dinner in our store! So please plan accordingly! And please clean up after yourself!


So, I got a General Admission Ticket. What does that mean?

You get a paperback copy of Calypso
You get a wristband with for your assigned book signing group.
You will be pre-sorted into a group to be admitted to the store to meet David, and have your copy of Calypso, plus anything else written by David, personalized and autographed.

You mean I don't get to hear Sedaris's talk?
If you arrive in time and fit on the sidewalk in front of our store, you may be able to listen to the presentation via the outside speakers. Otherwise, plan to show up only for the booksigning portion of the program.

Why didn't you hold this event at a larger venue?
Because David's contract with his speaking agency requires that his book promotion tours take place inside a bookstore. We are not able to take the event to a larger space.
David is legendary for taking his time with all of his fans. 

I am in a General Admission signing group. How long should I expect to wait?
You should expect to wait for a while! It is unlikely that David will make his way to the General Admission line until at least 8 pm or later. Left Bank Books will be tweeting David's progress, so if you stay connected, you can have dinner in the area, or even somewhere else. We will keep you updated so you don't have to stand in line on the sidewalk for the entire time. If you missed the call for your group because you haven't finished dinner or something, get in line anyway.

PLEASE NOTE: Our last in-store book signing with David Sedaris lasted 10, yes ten, hours. So pay attention to our social media and enjoy your evening in the Central West End to its fullest! And remember, it is always worth waiting to meet David!


I already have Calypso, or I don't want to buy Calypso, can I still come and get something autographed?

Yes. If you don't buy a General Admission ticket (that comes with a very giftable paperback copy of Calypso) you can wait until all ticket holders have gone through the line after which it will be your turn. David is committed to meeting all of his fans. BE ADVISED: It is entirely possible that your turn will come after midnight.


Where can I park?

In addition to the metered parking on Euclid and McPherson, St. Louis Parking has a pay lot (credit card only)  block north of the bookstore on Euclid. It will set you back $5.
There is also a pay parking garage two blocks south of us on Euclid next to the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library.

This is a long night! Where can I eat?
The Central West End is full of wonderful restaurants. Please refer to The Central West End Scene to find your options. Check back on the David Sedaris Facebook event page for special offers from our restaurant neighbors.

Can I take pictures?
Short answer: NO. David Loves his fans with a capital L, so even though he doesn't like to take pictures, he does like to spend as much time as he sees fit with each person.

Will David sign anything besides Calypso?
David will sign anything he has written, that he has not already autographed, including magazines with articles by him in them. He will NOT sign anything written by someone else. He will NOT sign body parts.

What if it rains/snows/hails/anything else St. Louis weather can throw at us?
This event will continue rain or shine and there is no possibility of an alternate venue.  If you are outside, you should dress and accessorize appropriately.  Again, while you will need to be near the store to hear the listening party, during the signing line, you can go anywhere, including many area restaurants that are open late, and watch our Twitter for your cue to return to the store.  If the weather becomes dangerous, we will update everyone in-person and online in real-time.

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Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
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ISBN: 9780316392426
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 4th, 2019