By Troy Brooks
Come on out for a night of wit, satire and social critique with national Public Radio humorist and bestselling author David Sedaris at The Schaefer Center on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. The famous author will read stories and essays for about an hour followed by a 20-30 minute Q-and-A. After the show, there will be a book signing in the lobby giving the audience a chance to talk to him in person.
Sedaris’s work has had a profound influence on American humor through his many books, essays and collections. Many of his notable titles include Naked, Me Talk Pretty, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and his most recent work, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owl, the audio version of which won the 56th Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling collection of fables, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary and his works regularly appear in the New Yorker. His radio pieces have been heard on the public radio in “This America Life.”
“David Sedaris is at the top of his game,” said Anna Gaugert, director of marketing and public relations at Appalachian State. “He’s one of those writers who is writing all the time. He’s a people watcher. People can relate to him and I think he puts it in a way where you hear these critiques, he turns it into a funny light that shows how we can all be human.”
The last time Sedaris visited Boone was about 10 years ago. While he does tour a lot each year the Schaefer Center is his only stop in North Carolina this year.
“He’s going to be talking about his most recent works,” said Gaugert. “Even the most diehard fans can learn something new at this performance.”
Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for faculty/staff and retired faculty/staff and $20 for students and children (3 and up). You may purchase tickets online at theschaefercenter.org/events/id/294 or call either 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.
To learn more about Sedaris, visit www.davidsedarisbooks.com