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Storytimes, David Sedaris and more

Dear Gentle Reader,

Volunteer Wrappers Needed! Come by McIntyre’s on Friday, May 25th from 11am-1pm to help package up our Ready Readers books for Chatham County students. No sign-up necessary–just drop by for some fun and camaraderie. And a hearty thank you to all who donated to our Ready Readers project where we give to every rising third grader in the Chatham County public schools a book to take home for the summer.

Friday, May 25th at 10:30am
Friday Storytime
Today’s Theme: Animal Jam

Sunday, May 27th at 2pm
North Carolina Poetry Society reading with Valerie Macon, Patty Cole, Ricki Garni


Ricky Garni grew up in Florida and Maine, was educated at Exeter and Duke, and has lived off and on in the Triangle since 1977. Over the years he has worked as a teacher, wine merchant, studio musician, composer and graphic designer. He began writing poetry in 1978 and has produced over forty volumes of prose and poetry since 1995. In 2001, his poetry was subpoenaed in court, in order to assert that his testimony was not valid as he was “clearly not of sound mind.” He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize on seven occasions.

Valerie Macon’s poetry decorates the walls of businesses, has been sung in concert at the New England Conservatory, and appears in a variety of anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and online venues. She has won several awards from the NC Poetry Society, has been a Gilbert Chappell student winner, a two time Pushcart Prize nominee. Most recently, her work appears in Visions International, Kakalak, Winston Salem’s Poetry in Plain Sight, and The Daniel Boone Personal Essay Project. She has four books of poetry, Shelf Life, Sleeping Rough, A String of Black Pearls and The Shape of Today. Her writing about homelessness inspired her to found the Garden of Eaten to grow food for the hungry.

Patty Cole is a poet, essayist who lives in western Chatham County with her husband, Hoyt, on a farm. She is a member of the North Carolina Poetry Society and was a 2015 finalist of the McIntire’s Light Verse Award and a finalist of the 2010 Poet Laureate Award. She is published in several journals and anthologies, such as: Wild Goose Poetry Review, Broad River Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, Voices From the Porch Anthology, and The Sound of Poets Cooking Anthology. Of this body of work, Alice Osborn, Vice President of NCPS, writes “…We’re reminded that when we embark on any journey, we may lose our innocence, but gain deep knowledge, so drink up these poems to find the bits of your life in the dust lining every room, sticking to cobwebs where memories hang.”

Tuesday, May 29th at 10:30am
Storytime with Miss Sarah
Today’s Theme: Mermaids

Friday, June 1st at 10:30am
Friday Storytime
Today’s Theme: Summer’s Here!

Friday, June 1st at 6:30pm *Ticketed Event*
David Sedaris shares from Calypso, his first book of essays in five years

Please note: There are a limited number of tickets for the event at 6:30pm. A ticket does not necessarily guarantee a seat, but it will get you a signed copy of Calypso and a spot in the Barn. At 7:30pm, Mr. Sedaris will begin signing books at McIntyre’s. Roost is staying open so folks have a place to gather for a drink and some pizza.

If you do not get a ticket from us to hear him speak, you can still come out and with the purchase of Calypso, get in the signing line as he loves his fans.

David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

If you’ve ever laughed your way through David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting with Calypso. You’d be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny–it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet–and it just might be his very best.

David Sedaris is the author of the books 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 the best from the usual suspects:
Pete, Sarah, Mouse, Billy, Johanna, Anna, Kelley, Hazel and Keebe