Ben Folds - A Dream About Lightning Bugs

Ben Folds - A Dream About Lightning Bugs

Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

A Cappella Books welcomes Ben Folds, celebrated American singer-songwriter and former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, for a special in-store book signing event on Saturday, October 26 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.

Event Guidelines (Know Before You Go)

  • Admission to the signing line on October 26 requires buying a new book from the event host, A Cappella Books. The purchase price of the book is $28 + tax and fees.

  • To ensure that the signing line moves quickly, we ask that purchaser have no more than one other person with them in line.  

  • Folds will only sign books for purchasers present at the event. Folds will not sign any memorabilia or instruments. 

  • Photos will be allowed from the signing line only; there will be no stopping to pose for photos.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Street parking in Inman Park is extremely limited. We recommend using Uber, Lyft or taking MARTA. A Cappella Books is a short walk from the Inman Park MARTA Station and Little 5 Points.

 If you are unable to attend, you may pre-order a signed copy here:

About the Book

Reflections on art, life, and music from the genre-defying icon, in a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs.

Ben Folds is a celebrated American singer-songwriter and former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, beloved for hit songs such as “Brick,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “Rockin’ the Suburbs,” and “The Luckiest.” Now, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming-of-age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. He opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock anti-hero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance.

In the title essay, “A Dream About Lightning Bugs,” he recalls his earliest childhood dream—and realizes how much it influenced his understanding of what it means to be an artist. In “Cheap Lessons” he returns to the painful life lessons he learned the hard way—but that luckily didn’t kill him. Folds also ruminates on the nature of creativity in the digital age, the absurdity of life on the road, and the challenges of sustaining a multi-decade and multifaceted career in the music business. Collectively, these stories embody the message Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you’ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, but everybody does, and life flies by in seconds.

About the Author

Ben Folds is an American musician who has created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor to William Shatner, as well as music for film and TV. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra" soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts. Folds was also a judge for five seasons on NBC’s "The Sing-Off," and in 2017 he was named as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Folds is also an outspoken champion for arts education and music therapy funding in our nation’s public schools, has served for more than five years as an active member of the distinguished Artist Committee of Americans for the Arts, and was just named to the Board of the Arts Action Fund. "A Dream About Lightning Bugs" is his first book.