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David Sedaris at Main Street Books

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* Online orders for Calypso are closed. All books are available in the store and at the Calypso Block Party on Thurs, May 31st!

Main Street Books has the profound honor of hosting New York Times bestselling humorist David Sedaris on Thursday, May 31st at 6:00 PM inside our bookstore. Sedaris will read from his newest book, Calypso. In partnership with neighboring businesses, we are hosting a Block Party

The reading: 6 PM

*The reading will be broadcast live to the Block Party in the parking lot between Summit Coffee and Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
*Sedaris will read from Calypso inside Main Street Books and sign books for inside guests promptly after the reading.
*NO PHOTOS OR VIDEOS PERMITTED. Guests who are found recording will be escorted out of the store.
*Main Street Books will open its doors for the reading at 5:30 p.m. 
*As with any in-demand event, the earlier you arrive, the better your seats will be.
*Upon arrival, you will be prompted to present a photo ID that matches the name on your ticket order. Your ticket includes a copy of Calypso which you will receive upon entry.
*If you purchased tickets on behalf of someone else, please plan to arrive with your guest(s). Your guest(s) will not be granted admission until you have checked in and confirm ed that they are the intended recipient of your additional ticket(s). 

The signing line: approximately 8 PM until end of line
After reading and signing books for inside guests, Sedaris will sign books for our signing line guests outside at our Block Party.
*The signing line will form at a designated tent at the Block Party (in the parking lot between Summit Coffee and Ben & Jerry's).
*Guests may begin lining up after 4 PM.
*Live audio will broadcast to the signing line and surrounding Block Party at 6 PM.
*Guests will be assigned to groups using wristbands in the order that they arrive in the signing line. We will call Signing Groups to the signing table over our PA system and on our Twitter account (@mainstbooksdav).
*Signing line priority will be given to guests who have purchased Calypso from Main Street Books, but no purchase is necessary to wait in the signing line to meet Sedaris.
*Guests are encouraged to eat dinner at neighboring restaurants while they wait for their Signing Group to be called back. We are in walking distance of numerous excellent restaurants including KindredMandolino's, and Flatiron Kitchen, which are partners in sponsoring our Block Party. Additional options are Mestizo Contemporary Mexican, Davidson Icehouse, Soda Shop, Famous Toastery, Il Bosco Italian, & Carrburrito's.
*Sedaris will meet every person who waits in the signing line. 
*NO PHOTOGRAPHS WITH SEDARIS WILL BE PERMITTED. We will have an alternative David that you may pose with after you have your book signed (ahem . . . this David is a little older, a little taller, and in his birthday suit). #statueofdavid

Calypso Pre-order Pick-up: 4 PM until 12 AM
We encourage everyone to place a pre-order to guarantee that they have a copy of Calypso for the Block Party signing line. 
*Your pre-ordered book will be available for pick-up at the designated book tent at the Block Party. 
*Please be prepared to present a photo ID that matches the information on your order when you pick up your pre-ordered book.

The Benefit Block Party: #CalypsOlympics 6 PM - 10 PM
Our #CalypsOlympics Block Party is going to be the best signing line entertainment we've ever conjured! The theme of the party, inspired by the title of Sedaris' book, is CalypsOlympics. Festivities include friendly, Sedaris-themed competitions, the Gyro Twins Food Truck, live music on Summit Coffee's outdoor stage, and a signing table where Sedaris will meet all of his fans.

Our Block Party is free, but please come prepared to open your hearts and wallets to our partner non-profit organizations; we will be encouraging voluntary donations at each CalypsOlympics event. Main Street Books will match the funds raised by the most successful non-profit partner.

CalypsOlympics Events made possible by our partnering sponsors and include:
*You Are Engulfed in Questions: speed-trivia benefitting Davidson Lifeline / sponsored by Mandolino's Pizza
*Where’s Hugh? a scavenger hunt benefitting Davidson Housing Coalition / sponsored by AR Workshop Davidson
* The Flapjack Stack: stack iHOP pancakes to benefit Ada Jenkins Center / sponsored by Kindred restaurant
* Me Walk Quickly One Day: speed-walking contest to benefit / sponsored by the Tutor Doctor
* Greek Chariot pedicab rides / sponsored by The Village Inn
* Pin the Boxers on the Statue of David: take a selfie with your signed book and this alternative David

The Davidson Housing Coalition works with the larger community to preserve and create affordable housing options, and to prepare families and individuals for financial stability and homeownership.
The Ada Jenkins Center exists to help people in our community create lasting solutions for health, education, and economic stability.
Davidson Lifeline supports suicide prevention and mental health awareness in our community. is a nonprofit website for news and information about Davidson and its environs for the people who live and work here

Earlier Event: May 30
Tunes & Tales with Jamie
Later Event: June 2
Summer Kickoff Party