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About David Sedaris
David Sedaris is one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. Known for his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, he's the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition.
Calypso is his latest collection of essays. A New York Times bestseller, and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, the audiobook has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category.
Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) as well as Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, which is a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. Each of these books was an immediate bestseller.
Sedaris also was the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. His pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. There are over 10 million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. In 2018 he was awarded the Terry Southern Prize for Humor, as well as the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In March 2019 he was elected as a member into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
In addition, he and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family”, writing a half dozen plays including Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob and The Book of Liz.
Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His latest audio recording of new stories is 2009's David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure. A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released in 2013. Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 entitled Meet David Sedaris.
Last updated: May, 2019