Special Event with Author David Sedaris, Sunday, April 19th, 2009

david-sedarisAnnounced Today: Special Event with David Sedaris benefiting the Kay Cattarulla Endowment for the Literary and Performing Arts on Sunday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.

The event will be held at the McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, Southern Methodist University, 6405 Boaz Lane, Dallas, Texas 75275.

Do not wait to purchase these tickets. There was limited seating when I went online to purchase my ticket tonight. Tickets range from $25-65 and you can reserve your ticket and seat online. I went with the 2nd balcony for $35 (+$5 off if you purchase online.) Sedaris is amazing - I love when he is on This American Life. His stories, I can always somehow relate, and they are hilarious. Like a good book, I get sad when I know his story is about to end. I almost never know until the silent pause right after he says the last word, and my heart melts, and the audience applauds.

Here's what the DMA posted on their site about this event:

David Sedaris may well be the closest thing the literary world has these days to a rock star—his speaking engagements are now consistently standing-room only.

Sedaris made his comic debut in 1992, when National Public Radio began broadcasting his “SantaLand Diaries.” The great skill with which Sedaris slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and Esquire, and his original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life. There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into twenty-five languages.

In 2001 Sedaris received the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and Time magazine named him “Humorist of the Year.” His wit has been compared to that of Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker, and Publishers Weekly dubbed him “Garrison Keillor’s evil twin.”

The San Francisco Chronicle says that “Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.”

His latest collection of essays is When You Are Engulfed in Flames. In them he recounts the buying of a human skeleton, a parasitic worm that once lived in his mother-in-law’s leg, and his own attempt to quit smoking—in Tokyo.

At this event, Sedaris will read from new and unpublished material.

Works by Sedaris
Essays and Stories: When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Barrel Fever (1994)
Audio Recordings: David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall (2003), which received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album in 2005; The David Sedaris Box Set (2002)

Promotional Partner: KERA 90.1 FM

Purchase tickets online.
Arts & Letter Live official site.
Listen to commentaries by David Sedaris on NPR.

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