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John Jeremiah Sullivan (Pulphead)
Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)
Sister Elizabeth Donderstock's cheeseballs are all the religious community of Clusterhaven has left. But when they cease to appreciate her properly, Sister Elizabeth decides to take her cheese balls out into the great, wide world. Where she finds alcoholics, Ukrainians with cockney accents, mysterious peanuts, and that ever-elusive self respect. A quirky marriage of religion, alcoholism, and dairy products, The Book of Liz is David and Amy Sedaris' devilish take on the universal need to find one's bearings in a world that keeps shifting under your feet.
Beloved humorist and bestselling author David Sedaris is making a stop at the War Memorial to celebrate the release of his latest literary adventure Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. If you've never seen him share his stories live, get this special event on your calendar now. You'll laugh so hard that your face will hurt for hours after.
When: 7 p.m., Sun. 4/24
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave.
Just in time for beach reading, David Sedaris’ latest, When You Are Engulfed in Flames comes out in paperback this June. His latest collection of essays focuses on him turning 50, matters of death and mid-life crisis-ing. And just in time for plane travel season, Sedaris is also included in a forthcoming collection of stories about air travel, Flight Patterns: A Century of Stories about Flying (also in June.)