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David Sedaris Inducted Into The American Academy of Arts and Letters

David Sedaris, is one of the new class of inductees into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

His membership safely confirmed, Sedaris joins an elite group which over the past century and a half has included Langston Hughes, Georgia O’Keeffe and John Updike. This year, the academy voted in 11 new members, among them the multimedia artist Meredith Monk, poet-playwright Claudia Rankine, poet-essayist Grace Schulman, author-essayist Ian Frazier, author-conservationist Terry Tempest Williams and violinist-composer Chen Yi.

Others include four Pulitzer Prize winners from a variety of fields: playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, fiction writer Edward P. Jones, historian Stacy Schiff and poet Natasha Trethewey.

An honor society founded in 1898, the academy has 240 core members, in the categories of books, music and art. New artists are voted in after previous ones die, with those dying over the past year including Philip Roth, Donald Hall and Ursula K. Le Guin.

New members will formally join in May, at a ceremony held at the academy’s complex in upper Manhattan, where composer David Del Tredici will give the keynote address. The academy will also hand out literary medals, and Rankine, Yi and Sedaris are among those who have been awarded in the past. Sedaris was honored last year with a Medal for Spoken Language.

David Sedaris is the bestselling author of the books Calypso, Theft By Finding, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4.

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David Sedaris Announces New Book, Calypso

David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

If you’ve ever laughed your way through David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting with Calypso. You’d be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny—it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet-and it just might be his very best.

The 288 page hardcover is due on May 29, 2018 and can be ordered HERE.

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David Sedaris Announces Book Tour To Promote Theft by Finding

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David Sedaris has announced a book tour for his latest work Theft by Finding. With Theft by Finding, readers are getting a chance to look behind the curtain of David Sedaris’ eccentric mind. The book is made up of excerpts from the diaries that have inspired his stranger than fiction essays over the years. The 23-stop tour will kick off in Brooklyn on May 30. On some stops, Sedaris will be joined by Ariel Levy, a writer for The New Yorker and author of the upcoming memoir The Rules Do Not Apply, out March 14. This is Sedaris’ latest work since 2013’s essay collection Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls.

Theft by Finding comes out May 30.

The tour dates are as follows:

Tuesday, May 30th – Brooklyn, NY – Powerhouse Arena (Launch Event)
Wednesday, May 31st – New York, NY – McNally Jackson
Friday, June 2nd – Toronto, Canada – Indigo Books (Bay Bloor)
Sunday, June 4th – Boston, MA – Harvard Bookstore
Monday, June 5th – Grand Rapids, MI – Schuler’s Books
Tuesday, June 6th – Chicago, IL (Naperville) – Anderson’s Bookstore (joined by Ariel Levy)
Wednesday, June 7th – Milwaukee, WI – Boswell’s Books
Thursday, June 8th – Louisville, KY – Carmichael’s Bookstore
Friday, June 9th – Nashville, TN – Parnassus Books
Saturday, June 10th – Atlanta, GA (Athens) – Avid Bookstore
Monday, June 12th –Homewood, AL – The Alabama Booksmith
Wednesday, June 14th – Tulsa, OK – Booksmart Tulsa at Magic City Books
Thursday, June 15th – Omaha, NE – The Bookworm of Omaha
Friday, June 16th – Kansas City, MO – Rainy Day Books
Saturday, June 17th – St. Paul, MN – Common Good Books (joined by Ariel Levy)
Monday, June 19th – Bozeman, MT – The Country Bookshelf
Tuesday, June 20th – Vancouver, BC – Indigo Books (Granville)
Wednesday, June 21st – Spokane, WA – Auntie’s Bookstore

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Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2016) By David Sedaris To Be Published On June 6, 2017

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For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print.

Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime readers only think they know. Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation’s greatest comic geniuses.

The 368 page hardcover will be published on June 6, 2017.

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Read The Latest David Sedaris Short Story, A Modest Proposal

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The current issue of The New Yorker magazine has published David Sedaris’ latest short story, A Modest Proposal.

London is five hours ahead of Washington, D.C., except when it comes to gay marriage. In that case, it’s two years and five hours ahead,…

Read it HERE.

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Read David Sedaris’ New Essay, Company Man

David Sedaris has a new essay in the June 3, 2013 issue of the New Yorker magazine. You can read the essay, “Company Man” HERE.

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