“The Last Days of Roger Federer”: Considering Creativity and Aging

Parallel Stories with Geoff Dyer

In his latest book, the idiosyncratic and indefatigable Geoff Dyer turns his well-honed wit and sharp-edged wisdom to the consideration of endings. Taking a closer look at endings of significant events in life, and even life itself, Dyer, in conversation with friend, fellow author, and professor in the Asian American Studies Department at UCSB, Sameer Pandya, examine the achievements of writers, painters, musicians, and athletes that have meant something to him as he approaches "late middle age." With his signature playful charm and penetrating intelligence, he considers the intensifications and modifications of experience that come when an ending is within sight, and moves us seamlessly from the brush strokes of J. M. W. Turner to the tennis strokes of Roger Federer.

This book on last things, written while life as we know it seemed to be coming to an end, is at heart, a tale about how to go on living with art and beauty.

Book signing to follow.

This event is in person at Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Mary Craig Auditorium.

In an effort to create the safest possible environment, please note visitors who plan to attend an event in SBMA’s Mary Craig Auditorium must show proof of being fully vaccinated with a booster (if eligible) OR, in some cases, supply a negative Covid-19 medical test result (taken within 72 hours prior to each event), along with an official photo ID, before entering the venue. All visitors must also follow SBMA’s mask policy and wear a mask while attending events in SBMA's Mary Craig Auditorium.

Share This
Santa Barbara Art Museum

Museum Hours

Tues - Sun 11 am - 5 pm
Thurs 11 am - 8 pm
Closed Mondays and holidays
» see complete schedule

Visit Us

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
» view map


Find SBMA on