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Reserve Free Tickets to See David Sedaris Beginning March 4

February 12, 2020 — Humor author David Sedaris is coming Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. to the Historic Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The best-selling author of “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” serves up witty satire and hilarious social commentary.

Admission is free. Reserve your beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, by going to the Gillioz reservation site at, or call 417-863-9491. All seats are reserved. Limit 2 tickets per person.

Print your e-ticket receipt to show at door. A $2 handling fee charged for pick up at will call window.  

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., David will sign books from 6-6:45 p.m. before the presentation, and after the show. His books will be available for purchase.

David will read from new and unpublished material, and entertain a 20- to 30-minute Q&A with the audience. 

This one-night-only Springfield event is underwritten by the Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Library, and hosted by the Gillioz Theatre and the Library. 

David Sedaris’ visit caps the Library’s annual celebration of reading, The One Read. Visit for a schedule of all the One Read events and book discussions in March and April devoted to humor and what’s so funny.

  “Sedaris ain’t the preeminent humorist of his generation by accident,” wrote
Whitney Pastorek of Entertainment Weekly. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.”

David Sedaris was publicly recognized – and rocketed to fame – in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "Santaland Diaries," which it replays during the holidays.

 His nationally best-selling essay collection “Calypso” was published in June 2018, and a second volume of his diaries is expected in summer 2021. His other books and collections of humorous essays include “Theft By Finding,” “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk,” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “Holidays on Ice,” “Naked,” and “Barrel Fever.”


Kathleen O'Dell
Community Relations Director
(417) 616-0564
Sarah Jane Rosendahl
(417) 616-0566

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