Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., invites the public to meet nationally acclaimed writer, comedian and actor John Hodgman Wednesday, May 30, at 2 p.m. Hodgman will be signing copies of the just-released paperback edition of his latest book, “Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches.”

The book is a memoir (mostly true) about Hodgman’s life before and after buying a house on the Blue Hill peninsula. Of the book’s subtitle, he said, “If you naturally believe you don’t deserve happiness, the beaches of Maine are for you.”

Hodgman also is the author of three books of fake facts and invented trivia; host of his own podcast, “Judge John Hodgman,” where he settles serious disputes between real people; a columnist for The New York Times; and a former “Daily Show” contributor. He also is known for his portrayal of PC in a series of TV ads for Apple.

Although Hodgmaniacally funny (readers learn the horror of freshwater clams and the evolutionary purpose of the mustache), “Vacationland” also is a poignant and sincere account of one human facing his forties. All are invited to kick off the start of summer by meeting Hodgman and picking up “Vacationland,” which, he said, is now in “a new, flexible/disposal format perfect for shoving into tote bags and leaving behind in the bathrooms of summer rentals.”

For more information, call 338-9009 or email leftbank@myfairpoint.net. The shop is open daily with plenty of free parking in front.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.