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Humorist David Sedaris returns to Akron after five-year hiatus

Published: October 6, 2016 12:00 AM
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WKSU presents author/humorist/diarist/public radio favorite David Sedaris at the Akron Civic Theatre Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available through the Akron Civic Theatre box office, located across the street from the Theatre on the first floor of the Ohio Building. Tickets may be purchased in person or by calling 330-253-2488. Find more information at WKSU.org or AkronCivic.com.

This will be Sedaris' first Akron engagement since 2010. During the event, Sedaris is expected to read a variety of stories from his eight books, numerous anthology contributions and other pieces that may or may not have been previously published. He will sign books following the mainstage appearance.

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

Sedaris, who briefly attended Kent State University in the late 1970s, was discovered by public radio icon Ira Glass and made his NPR debut reading from his now legendary "SantaLand Diaries" in 1992. Sedaris' voice became a regular public radio fixture, from additional NPR segments and later his contributions to Glass' popular program, 'This American Life.'

Beginning with 'Barrel Fever' in 1994, Sedaris began publishing a string of bestselling books including the seasonally-themed '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.' He is the author of the NYT-bestselling collection of fables entitled 'Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary' (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in 'The Best American Essays.'

The audio version of 'Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls' earned him his third Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. David Sedaris' next book will be a collection of his diaries, entitled 'Theft By Finding' (summer 2017).

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