The Harvard Book Store has some lovely events and readings scheduled for early June -- the main one we're excited about is David Sedaris on June 6, though we just found out it was sold out! Oi. Obvs the HBS would have hosted the former Christmas elf at a larger venue -- like, say, the Orpheum?!? -- but due to the literary rock star's contractual obligations he can only read from his new book of pseduo-memoirish stories, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, in small locations. Lucky ticket holders are in for an intimate and exciting event. We are exceedingly jealous and, as usual, scold ourselves for not being more timely with the ticket-buying. Whenever we read essays about things like how his mom gave him cigarettes in his Easter basket in The New Yorker, the voice inside our head actually reads them IN SEDARIS'S VOICE, which sounds like a talking baby kitten on speed. We heart him so. And yet! The HBS understands our needs and yours. We've been told:
However, we will have an audio feed for folks outside, and anyone wishing to wait can have their books signed by Mr. Sedaris after the ticket-holding folks inside the store are taken care of. Anyone who was unable to purchase a ticket is welcome to join the signing line outside of the store on the night of the event. We will have an audio feed for these folks, and we hope to have video as well. Once the audience inside has had its books signed, we'll let the patient people into the store from the signing line outside.
It's worth noting that tickets ARE still available for Lewis Black (Me of Little Faith) on June 7 at the First Parish Church, as well as our beloved Andre Dubus III (The Garden of Last Days) on June 9 at the Brattle. Not to mention Barbara Ehrenreich's discussion of her latest tome, This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation. Tickets for that go on sale June 9, so begin with the mental-planning...now!