Best-selling author and humorist
David Sedaris, beloved satirist, will read new and unpublished material on the Lied Center stage as well answer questions and sign books at the event. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent 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. Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times bestseller and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.
“Sedaris’s droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the greatest humorists writing today.” – Chicago Tribune
Best known for his personal essays and short stories, Sedaris is also 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. In 2018, he was awarded the Terry Southern Prize for Humor as well as the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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, 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 five 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 his New York Times best-selling book Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977–2002), Jeffrey Jenkins published and edited an art book of Sedaris’s diary covers, entitled David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium. He is currently working on a second volume of his diaries.