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Public Works: John Hodgman presents Medallion Status

October 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Booksmith hosts John Hodgman, who will be presenting and discussinghis new book Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms. He will take many questions from the audience. Pending local availability, he will also interview one or more famous corgis of Instagram. After the presentation, he will then sign and personalize copies of Medallion Status until there are none left to sign or personalize. You must have a physical copy of Medallion Status, purchased from Booksmith, to enter the signing line. If you are one person who buys TWO copies of Medallion Status (including pre-orders from Booksmith, and/or audiobook/e-book editions of Medallion Status), John Hodgman will personally hand you an exclusive reward. The first person to purchase SEVEN physical copies of Medallion Status on the evening of the event will be automatically upgraded to the most comfortable seat available next to John Hodgman at the signing table, and that person (and one companion) may sit and chat with him throughout the signing. Other upgrades and loyalty bonuses will be announced on the night of the event. You will get your money’s worth. That is all.

Tickets –> https://medallionstatus.bpt.me

Please note: This ticketed event will be held at Public Works: 161 Erie St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Tickets can be purchased in advance here and are not guaranteed to be available at the door. Please read the ticketing information carefully and direct any questions to events AT booksmith DOT com.

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After spending most of his twenties pursuing a career as a literary agent, John Hodgman decided to try his own hand at writing. Following an appearance to promote one of his books on The Daily Show, he was invited to return as a contributor. This led to an unexpected and, frankly, implausible career in front of the camera that has lasted to this very day, or at least until 2016.

In these pages, Hodgman explores the strangeness of his career, speaking plainly of fame, especially at the weird, marginal level he enjoyed it. Through these stories you will learn many things that only John Hodgman knows, such as how to prepare for a nude scene with an oboe, or what it feels like to go to a Hollywood party and realize that you are not nearly as famous as the Property Brothers, or, for that matter, those two famous corgis from Instagram. And there are stories about how, when your television gig is canceled, you can console yourself with the fact that all of that travel that made your young son so sad at least left you with a prize: platinum medallion status with your airline.

Both unflinchingly funny and deeply heartfelt, Medallion Status is a thoughtful examination of status, fame, and identity — and about the way we all deal with those moments when we realize we aren’t platinum status anymore and will have to get comfortable in that middle seat again.

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John Hodgman is a writer, comedian, and actor. He is the author of The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, That Is All, and Vacationland. He is the host of the popular Judge John Hodgman podcast and also contributes a weekly column under the same name for The New York Times Magazine.

—– > PLEASE NOTE < ----- > This event is 21+. No exceptions.

> All tickets are standing room only. Requests for special seating arrangements need to be made at least three days in advance by emailing events@booksmith.com.

> Doors at 6pm. Program at 7. Program includes signing.

> Signing + photo details TBA soon.

> Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All ticket sales are final.

> If you can’t attend the event but would like to order a signed copy of Medallion Status and/or any of Mr. Hodgman’s books, order below and add your request in the special field: https://www.booksmith.com/event/offsite-john-hodgman-medallion-status-true-stories-secret-rooms.


October 23, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Public Works
161 Erie St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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415 496 6738