Regulator Bookshop—How many times do we read praise of depression? Not often, right? In Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy. Wake Forest University professor Eric Wilson takes an unusual viewpoint: He asks why Americans pursue happiness so urgently, and pop pills and read self-help books. Wilson argues melancholia is the entry to an emancipated culture—no depression, then no Hemingway, Dickinson or Van Gogh. Discard your useless happiness and head for a better world. Wilson discusses and signs copies of his book at at 7 p.m. Visit www.regbook.com for more. —Bruna Zacka
This event has been rescheduled for April 14.