When cultural historians of the future attempt to account for the surging popularity of oral history and performance memoir in the early 21st century, it is safe to say that the most oft-spoken name will be “Sedaris.” A generation after the great Spalding Gray made high art of his formidable neuroses, David Sedaris established himself as a more welcoming and user-friendly writer and reader of humor, social criticism and Whitmanesque songs of self.
Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate best-seller. The audio version of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls is a 56th annual Grammy Awards nominee for Best Spoken-Word Album.
He is the author of the New York Times best-selling collection of fables titled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also 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. There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 25 languages.
The Bardavon presents best-selling humor writer David Sedaris at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. Sedaris will read from his work and answer questions. A book-signing will take place in the theater lobby after the show. Tickets for David Sedaris cost $48 general admission, $43 for members and may be purchased at the UPAC box office at 601 Broadway in Kingston, (845) 339-6088; the Bardavon box office at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-2072; or via Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 (Bardavon member discounts are not available through Ticketmaster). For more information, visit www.bardavon.org.