David Sedaris

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General Information

Name: David Sedaris

Pen Name: None

Born: 1956 in Binghamton, New York

Website: http://barclayagency.com/sedaris.html

Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidsedaris

Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Sedaris moved to Chicago in 1983. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute in 1987. He also taught writing at School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a short time.

Biographical and Professional Information

David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated humorist, writer, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor.

Sedaris was raised in a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1983, he moved to Chicago and graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987. While working a string of odd jobs across Raleigh, Chicago and New York City, Sedaris was discovered reading his diary in a Chicago club by radio host Ira Glass, who asked Sedaris to appear on his weekly local program The Wild Room. His success there led to a monthly segment for National Public Radio based on entries in his diary.

His first collection of short stories, entitled Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays, was published in 1994 and became a national best-seller. Sedaris has also been published in print and online by Esquire Magazine, Slate, the New York Times, and The New Yorker. He has written six plays, five with his sister Amy Sedaris (some under the pen name of The Talent Family) including The Little Frieda Mysteries, Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, Incident at Cobbler's Knob, and The Book of Liz. In 2005 Sedaris edited Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules, an anthology of stories from his favorite authors.

Most of his books are available in a CD format and there are also four audio collections, Live at Carnegie Hall, The Ultimate David Sedaris Boxed Set, The David Sedaris Box Set and Live for Your Listening Pleasure. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim was nominated for a Grammy Award in for best spoken-word album, and David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall received a Grammy nomination for best comedy album.

He currently resides in England.

Published Works

  • Barrel Fever, Stories and Essays, Little, Brown, 1994 (Reprinted 2006)
  • Santaland Diaries, Little, Brown, 1998
  • Naked (autobiographical essays), Little, Brown, 1998 (Reprinted 2004)
  • Holidays on Ice (short stories), Little, Brown, 1998
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day (autobiographical essays), Little, Brown, 2001
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Back Bay/Little, Brown, 2004
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Little, Brown, 2008
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, Little, Brown, 2010
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Little, Brown, 2013
  • Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), Little, Brown, 2017

Titles at Your Library

Barrel Fever

ISBN: 0349119767
Release Date: 2006-07-01

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The Santaland Diaries

ISBN: 057540261X
Release Date: 2000

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ISBN: 0753812487
Release Date: 2001-02-15

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Holidays on Ice

ISBN: 0316078913
Release Date: 2010-10-20

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Me Talk Pretty One Day (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

ISBN: 0613674650
Release Date: 2001-06-05

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Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim

ISBN: 0316057894
Release Date: 2004

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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

ISBN: 0316038407
Release Date: 2011-10-04

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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

ISBN: 0316154695
Release Date: 2013-04-23

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Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

ISBN: 0316154725
Release Date: 2017-05-30

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Literary Awards

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

  • Lambda Literary Award for Humor, 2005

Me Talk Pretty One Day

  • Lambda Literary Award for Humor, 2001
  • James Thurber Prize for American Humor, 2001

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Agent: Steven Barclay

321 Pleasant St.

Petaluma, CA 94952

External Links

David Sedaris on WorldCat


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