David Sedaris is not just a columnist and he is not just an essayist. He is a true raconteur as compelling as Hunter S. Thompson without the drugs, or John Waters without the strange obsessions. He is a keen observer of culture and personality, giving the reader a detailed mental picture with just a few well-chosen words. Sedaris grips you at the beginning of a story and doesn’t let go until the end. You are with him for the ride.Thank goodness the stories are short, or I would never get anything done.
Sedaris started his writing career in 1994 with “Barrel Fever,” a collection of stories and essays. He has been a regular on the PRI/Chicago Public Radio show, This American Life, and a frequent guest of late-night talk show host Craig Ferguson. In the last 30 years or so he has published six more books, including the award-winning “Me Talk Pretty One Day.”
Sedaris will be appearing at Royce Hall May 3rd at 8pm. You can almost certainly expect more tales of the outlandish Sedaris family, his adventures on book tours, and perhaps some updates on the quirky French village he and his husband call home. A recording of his speaking at Carnegie Hall was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album, so you know he’s funny as hell. He does admit to embellishing a little, but who cares when the stories are so fantastic? Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of our generation’s greatest writers.
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