About David Sedaris
The great skill with which David 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 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 bestseller. The audio version of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled 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 collections The Best American Essays.
Sedaris’ highly-anticipated collection of diary entries, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) brings together selections from the diaries that are the source of his remarkable autobiographical essays. For nearly four decades, Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. In Theft by Finding, due out in June, Sedaris gives us his favorite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime readers only think they know. Tender, hilarious, illuminating and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation’s greatest comic geniuses. A remarkable illustrated volume of artwork and images selected from his diaries, David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium, edited by Jeffrey Jenkins, will be published in the fall.
Sedaris 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. Sedaris original radio pieces can often be heard on public radio’s This American Life. Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released after a premier at the Sundance Film Festival (2013).
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