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Bestselling author David Sedaris visits Miller

by Bethany Gauthier

March 22, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of David Sedaris.
David Sedaris
Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Miller Auditorium
KALAMAZOO--Grammy-nominated comedian and bestselling author David Sedaris will visit the campus of Western Michigan University for a single performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in Miller Auditorium.

Purchase tickets online

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. He authored "Barrel Fever" and "Holidays on Ice" as well as personal essay collections "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 bestseller. There are a total of 7 million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 25 languages. He also edited "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." His newest book, a collection of fables titled "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary," was published in September 2010 and immediately hit the New York Times Bestseller list for fiction.

He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name "The Talent Family" and have written a half-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," the Obie Award-winning "One Woman Shoe," "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 "This American Life," distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ. Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His most recent live album, "David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure," was released in November 2009.


"An Evening with David Sedaris" is part of the Lake Michigan Mailers Spotlight Series. Tickets are on sale now and range from $15 to $40. They can be purchased online at, or by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858. Group discounts are available at (269) 387-2312.

Visit for more information on Miller's complete 2010-11 season.