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Writers series to feature David Sedaris

June 30, 2010

Chapman University’s Distinguished Writers Series will present bestselling author David Sedaris on Wednesday, October 27 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall.   Tickets will go on sale soon at $40 for the general public, $10 for students – more ticketing details, including contact information and on-sale date, will be announced as they are finalized.

Hailed as “the preeminent humorist of his generation” (Entertainment Weekly), David Sedaris is beloved by readers for his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques. 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.  He is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as the collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller.

There are 7 million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 25 languages.  He was the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories.  Sedaris’ pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. His newest book, a collection of fables titled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), is set for release this fall.

David Sedaris

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.  David Sedaris’ original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International. 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).

Sedaris will read from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk and his other works during his Chapman appearance, and he will also participate in a Q&A with the audience.  He will also be delighted to sign his books, which Barnes & Noble will have on sale in the Memorial Hall lobby.

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