- Check-In at 6:15PM. Seating is first-come, first-served.
- Ticketholders will receive a copy of Gretchen Rubin's book at check in the evening of the event.
- Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.
On Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00pm, Warwick's and the University of San Diego will host Gretchen Rubin as she discusses and signs her new book, Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World. Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential observers of happiness and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Outer Order, Inner Calm; The Four Tendencies; Better Than Before; and The Happiness Project. Her books have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. She hosts the top-ranking, award-winning podcast “Happier with Gretchen Rubin,” where she explores practical solutions for living a happier life. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
For more than a decade, Gretchen Rubin had been studying happiness and human nature. Then, one day, a visit to her eye doctor made her realize that she'd been overlooking a key element of happiness: her five senses. She'd spent so much time stuck in her head that she'd allowed the vital sensations of life to slip away, unnoticed. This epiphany lifted her from a state of foggy preoccupation into a world rediscovered by seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching.
In this journey of self-experimentation, Rubin explores the mysteries and joys of the five senses as a path to a happier, more mindful life. Drawing on cutting-edge science, philosophy, literature, and her own efforts to practice what she learns, she investigates the profound power of tuning in to the physical world.
From the simple pleasures of appreciating the magic of ketchup and adding favorite songs to a playlist, to more adventurous efforts like creating a daily ritual of visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and attending Flavor University, Rubin show us how to experience each day with depth, delight, and connection. In the rush of daily life, she finds, our five senses offer us an immediate, sustainable way to cheer up, calm down, and engage the world around us - as well as a way to glimpse the soul and touch the transcendent.
Life in Five Senses is an absorbing, layered story of discovery filled with profound insights and practical suggestions about how to heighten our senses and use our powers of perception to live fuller, richer lives - and, ultimately, how to move through the world with more vitality and love.
Julia Dixon Evans is the author of the novel How To Set Yourself on Fire. Her short fiction and essays can be found in McSweeney’s, Literary Hub, Paper Darts, Barrelhouse, Pithead Chapel, Like The Wind and elsewhere, and her short fiction won the 2019 National Magazine Award for Fiction. As a public media journalist, she covers visual art, music, literature, dance and theater for KPBS, the NPR and PBS affiliate in San Diego. Her arts writing has also appeared in the A/V Club, Surface Design, Voice of San Diego, CityBeat and elsewhere, and she has received several writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists' San Diego Chapter. She is also the founding editor of Last Exit, a journal, workshop and reading series dedicated to building literary community in San Diego.