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Humorist David Sedaris Sets UW Halloween Appearance

October 21, 2014
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Humorist and author David Sedaris will read from his works and sign copies of his books Friday, Oct. 31, at the University of Wyoming. (Hugh Hamrick Photo)

National Public Radio humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris will speak at the University of Wyoming’s College of Arts and Sciences auditorium Friday, Oct. 31. The event, sponsored by Wyoming Public Media, features new and unpublished readings of Sedaris's work and a book signing and optional Halloween costume contest.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and Sedaris will sign books from 6:45-7:25 p.m., followed by the public event at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for rows 5-20 cost $40.50; tickets for rows 21-36 cost $30.50; and balcony tickets cost $20.50. Tickets are available at the Wyoming Union information desk and Performing Arts box office; by calling (307) 766-6666; and online at

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, 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.

He is the author of “Barrel Fever” and “Holidays on Ice,” as well as collections of personal essays, “Naked”; “Me Talk Pretty One Day”; “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” and his most recent book, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” each of which became an immediate bestseller.

Additionally, he wrote the New York Times bestselling collection of fables titled “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.” More than 7 million copies of his books are in print and they have been translated into 25 languages.

Sedaris's original radio pieces can often be heard on “This American Life,” distributed nationally by Public Radio International and airing Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. on Wyoming Public Radio. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album.

The optional Halloween costume contest will be before the start of the show. Arrive early to participate in the contest.

For more information about the UW appearance, email Brenda Bland,

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