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Author David Sedaris to visit Playhouse Square

September 30th, 2010

Author David Sedaris will be at the  State Theatre at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland Oct. 12. Sedaris will present an evening book reading as well as a signing. Author of best-selling novels such as “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” and “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” Sedaris is best known for his sardonic and self-deprecating humor.

His books reflect his upbringing in Raleigh, N.C., along with drug use and homosexuality.

“I think that he likens back to a lot of his childhood experiences when he’s writing his books,” said senior Jimmy Burry.

However, while he may seem as if he’s an open person, Sedaris rarely appears on television for interviews. Instead, he travels the world giving large, sold-out readings to those who garner a ticket.

Before Sedaris’s career was launched, he spent time in college writing and painting artwork.

The author dropped out of college and took on various jobs such as working as a cleaner, Santa’s elf at Macy’s, and an apple picker.  He decided to return to school to study art in Chicago at the age of 27, and realized that writing was his calling after he received  good response from a short essay he’d written.

In fact, today, devotees of the author say that his work is incomparable to that of any other author.

“What makes Sedaris’s work so great is that his uniqueness isn’t something you’d expect from anyone else,” said Burry.

Sedaris was first publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcasted his essay “SantaLand Diaries.” Since then he has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album.

Today his original radio pieces can often be heard on “This American Life,” distributed nationally by Public Radio International.

Steven Barclay of Steven Barclay Agency, who represents Sedaris, said the reading at the State Theatre will coincide with Sedaris’ recent publication, “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.”

However, he will most likely be reading from an unpublished piece.

“David most often only reads from new and unpublished pieces,” Barlcay said.

“He may read a little from the new book, but [the reading will feature] more material not yet published too.”

Tickets for the event range in price from $10-$40 and can be purchased via-phone by calling 216-241-6000 or 866-546-1353.