AN EVENING WITH DAVID SEDARIS
With sardonic wit and perceptive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. His books Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day and, the latest, Theft by Finding are just some of the titles of his collection, now in more than 10 million copies in 25 languages.
Sedaris’ essays have appeared in The New Yorker, and his original radio pieces have been heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ in Chicago. Among his many honors are the Thurber Prize for American Humor, Time’s “Humorist of the Year” and Grammy nominations for “Best Spoken Word” and “Best Comedy” albums.
Join Sedaris for a brilliant evening as he reads from an unpublished book and answers questions from the audience. Following the show, stay for one of his legendary book signings, where he continues to engage and entertain his loyal fans long after the curtain closes.
David’s longtime friend Jeffrey Jenkins will make an appearance to talk about the new book David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium, available October 10, compiled and edited by Jenkins. It includes interactive components, postcards, and never-before-seen photos and artwork from David’s diaries. Here’s a look:
An Evening with David Sedaris
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition, especially apparent in his latest book, a collection of his diaries entitled Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) (May 2017).
Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). He is the author of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. Each of these books was an immediate bestseller. He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. His pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are over ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages.
He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service.
Sedaris’s original audio pieces can often be heard on the public radio show This American Life. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His latest audio recording of new stories (recorded live) is “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure” (November 2009). A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (2013). Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 entitled “Meet David Sedaris.”
As a companion piece to Theft By Finding, Jeffrey Jenkins published and edited an art book of Sedaris’s diary covers, entitled David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium (October 2017). A forthcoming book of essays entitled Calypso is set to be published June 2018, and a second volume of his diaries is expected for summer 2019.
This evening’s performance will include a special appearance by Jeffrey Jenkins, David’s longtime friend and editor of the new David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium.
Following the performance, please join David in the lobby for his book signing. The queue will start in the lobby and stretch back into theater. Photos are not permitted.
If are not staying for the book signing, please exit through the doors inside the theater.
NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEO RECORDING IS ALLOWED AT ANY TIME DURING THE PERFORMANCE.