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An Evening with David Sedaris

LIVE EVENT: Thursday, October 12, 2023, at 7:30 pm | Tickets go on sale August 22, 2023 at 10am! 
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David Sedaris leaning over a typewriter in a library

Photo courtesy of David Sedaris. Image taken by Anne Fishbein.

“Sedaris’s droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the greatest humor-ists writing today.” — Chicago Tribune

The best-selling author and well-known NPR humorist, playwright, and comedian David Sedaris returns to Cullowhee for An Evening with David Sedaris. With more than 16 million copies of his books in print, Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The October 12th event includes a live reading of new material, time for audience members to ask questions for the author, and book signings before and after the event. Sedaris’ books will be available for purchase at the event through the City Lights Bookstore of Sylva.

David Sedaris will sign books before and after the main event! City Lights Bookstore in Sylva is the official book seller for the event and will provide a selection of David Sedaris books for sale, along with some suggestions of books from other authors, suggested by David Sedaris himself. 

David Sedaris in a suite holding a pipe in a library.

Photo courtesy of David Sedaris. Image taken by Anne Fishbein.

David Sedaris is one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is a master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers.

Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Calypso, which was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. He is the author of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. He is also the author of an essay length ebook titled Themes and Variations. Each of these books was an immediate bestseller. He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. His pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” The first volume of his diaries Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) was a New York Times best-selling book. As a companion piece to the book, Jeffrey Jenkins published and edited an art book of Sedaris’s diary covers, entitled David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium. His book, The Best of Me, is a collection of 42 previously published stories and essays, about which novelist Andrew Sean Greer wrote in the New York Times: “You must read “The Best of Me.” It will be a new experience, knowing that enough time has passed to find humor in the hardest parts of life. More than ever — we’re allowed to laugh.” The second volume of his diaries, A Carnival of Snackery, Diaries (2003-2020) was also a New York Times bestseller and the audiobook was selected as part of Apple’s Best Audiobooks of the Year for 2021. His new book, Happy-Go-Lucky, debuted at number one on the New York Times best-seller list.

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.

David Sedaris' book cover "Happy Go Lucky". A black and white photo of a traditional clown holding a poodle with a toddle standing off to the side looking at the dog.


Sedaris has been nominated for five Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His audio recordings include “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure” and “David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall.” A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (2013). Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 entitled “Meet David Sedaris.” In 2019 David Sedaris became a regular contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, and his Masterclass, David Sedaris Teaches Storytelling and Humor, was released.

There are over 16 million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 32 languages. He has been awarded the Terry Southern Prize for Humor, Thurber Prize for American Humor, Jonathan Swift International Literature Prize for Satire and Humor, Time 2001 Humorist of the Year Award, as well as the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In March 2019 he was elected as a member into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2020 the New York Public Library voted Me Talk Pretty One Day one of the 125 most important books of the last 125 years.

We look forward to seeing you at An Evening With David Sedaris, on October 12, 2023, at 7:30 pm. Doors will open to the performance 30 min before the show is set to start. Please note, the WCU Fine Art Museum will be open one hour before this event from 6:30-7:30PM.  The WCU Fine Art Museum is open for one hour before any ticketed event at Bardo Arts Center. 

Discover more about David Sedaris by visiting his website. Find the David Sedaris on Facebook

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