David Sedaris (2014)

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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT (A public signing in the store will follow the sold out reading.)

This event includes a book signing


June 7, 2014
5:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


There will not be a standby line for this event.

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. A public book signing will follow the sold out reading and signing at approximately 8pm. Once ticket holders have the opportunity to have their books signed, the signing line will open up to all, and Mr. Sedaris will stay and sign books until the last person gets his or her book signed! Learn more.

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome back bestselling author DAVID SEDARIS for an in-store reading and signing, celebrating the release of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls to paperback.

Ticketing and Signing Line Procedure

$19.50 tickets go on sale ONLINE ONLY on May 16 at 9am. Each ticket includes one admission to the store for the reading and one paperback copy of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. 

[OVERFLOW TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT]: These tickets are for overflow standing room (and some seating) at other locations in the store, with full audio and some viewing screens of the talk. All tickets guarantee a spot in the signing line after the reading.

75 tickets for this event [NOW SOLD OUT] will reserve a seat in the room where Mr. Sedaris will be speaking.

Please note that there is no photography or other recording permitted at this event.

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

A guy walks into a bar car and...

From here the story could take many turns. When the guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.

Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy. The common thread? Sedaris masterfully turns each essay into a love story: how it feels to be in a relationship where one loves and is loved over many years, what it means to be part of a family, and how it's possible, through all of life's absurdities, to grow to love oneself.

With Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why he is widely considered the "the funniest writer in America"

"Sedaris is a remarkably skilled storyteller and savvy essayist. He weaves together vivid images and sensations into a coherent whole that packs a serious emotional punch....Yes, David Sedaris is really that good. And based, on this latest collection, he's getting only better." —Los Angeles Times


Why not host the reading and signing at a bigger venue off-site? 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 (from 5 to 6pm) will be limited to ticket holders.

When will ticket holders receive their copies of the book? Copies of the book will be distributed to ticket holders when they arrive and check in for the event that afternoon. 

If I don't buy a ticket, when can I join the signing line? We'll have a number system in place that evening for joining the signing line, and we'll be posting a timeline to our Twitter (@HarvardBooks) throughout the evening. 

I can't come. Can I order a signed book? YES! We'll be taking orders for signed paperback copies of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls only. Place your order (with the option for a personalized inscription) here. Please also see our signed event book FAQ.

Is Mr. Sedaris really going to stay and sign books for everyone? Yes, he's that awesome.

David Sedaris
David Sedaris

David Sedaris

David Sedaris is the bestselling author of the books Calypso, 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.

Photo Credit: Ingrid Christie

Tickets for this event are sold out.

TICKET HOLDERS: Please note that your ticket ONLY guarantees you admission until five minutes before an event begins. Additionally, tickets purchased online may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.

All ticket purchases are non-refundable.

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1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.

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While we can't guarantee fulfillment of a signed book pre-order, our authors are almost always able to sign extra books to fulfill such orders.

Ordering a signed book on harvard.com:

  • Add the book to your shopping cart and then click Checkout.
  • Specify in Order Comments that you want a signed copy of the book.
  • Please note: online orders for signed copies must be placed at least one business day before the event. If you are ordering the day of, please call us instead.

Ordering a signed book by phone:

  • Call us at (617) 661-1515 and one of our booksellers will take your order. Specify you'd like a signed copy.
  • If you are requesting a personalized inscription and/or requesting your book be shipped, we'll need to take down credit card information. If you are planning to pick up the signed book in the store, you can pay on pick-up.


Can I request a personalized inscription?
Unless otherwise noted, we are happy to take requests for the author to sign your book to a specific person, but we can't guarantee it. If you do get a personalized inscription, the book will be non-returnable. We will require credit card information when you place the order.

Do signed books cost more?
There is no extra fee for a signed book!

Do I have to pick it up in the store, or can you deliver my signed book?
As with all web or phone orders, we can hold your book for in-store pickup, or ship it anywhere in the country.

I am planning to attend an author event. Do I need to pre-order a book?
No need. We'll be selling books at the event, and nearly all of our events include a signing at the end of the talk.

More questions? Give us a call!

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