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An Evening with David Sedaris

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7:30PM 

“Sedaris ain’t the preeminent humorist of his generation by accident.” - Entertainment Weekly

David Sedaris


David Sedaris will sign books before and after the event!

David Sedaris is a well-known NPR correspondent, humorist, author, playwright, comedian, and more. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition.

David Sedaris, Calypso

Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times best-seller, and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. The audiobook of Calypso has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best-Spoken Word Album category.


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. 

No photography permitted. Mature content.

*Ticket Prices | Buy Online
$25: Adult
$20: WCU Faculty Staff
$20: Seniors 65+
$5: Students 

*Ticketing fees apply


Colin Wasmund in David Sedaris' Santaland


Sedaris is also well-known for his plays, such as his holiday comedy, “The Santaland Diaries,” that was recently performed at Bardo Arts Center in fall 2017, presented by the WCU School of Stage and Screen.

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. 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.


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 Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). He is the author of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. 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.” There are over ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. In 2018, he was awarded the Terry Southern Prize for Humor, 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.  

Sedaris’s original audio pieces can often be heard on the public radio show This American Life. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His latest audio recording of new stories (recorded live) is “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure” (November 2009). 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.” 

As a companion piece to his New York Times best-selling book Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), Jeffrey Jenkins published and edited an art book of Sedaris’s diary covers, entitled David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium. He is currently working on a second volume of his diaries.  

Co-sponsored by David Orr Belcher College of Fine & Performing Arts, Offices of Student Success, and Office of the Provost.

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. 

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