Author Sedaris to read at YSU

Staff report


Best-selling author David Sedaris, one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers, presents a reading from his latest book, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the DeYor Performing Arts Center downtown.

The free presentation is part of Youngstown State University’s Skeggs Lecture Series. Tickets are mandatory and are limited to four per person and must be picked up between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (or until they run out) at the Information and PC Lab in Kilcawley Center at YSU. Tickets must be picked up in person.

For information, call the YSU Office of Alumni and Events at 330-941-3497.

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” and “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” each of which became a best-seller.

Seven million copies of his books are 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.” One of his newest books, a collection of fables titled “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary,” was published in September 2010 and immediately hit the NYT Bestseller Fiction List.

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. The 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.

Sedaris’ original radio pieces often can be heard on “This American Life,” distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ.

He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His most-recent live album is “David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure.”

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