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Reserve Free Tickets to See David Sedaris Beginning March 4

February 20, 2020 — Reserved, free tickets will be available beginning 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4 to hear humor author David Sedaris on Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at 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 tickets by going to the Gillioz reservation site for Sedaris tickets  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.  

On May 1, doors will 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.

The author will read from new and unpublished material, and entertain a 20- to 30-minute Q&A with the audience.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 the One Read site for a schedule of all the One Read events and book discussions in March and April devoted to humor and what’s so funny.

 With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition. Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times best-seller, and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. The audiobook of Calypso was nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category.

Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel FeverHolidays on IceNakedMe Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimWhen You Are Engulfed in FlamesLet’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). He is the author of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. Each of these books was an immediate bestseller. He was also 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 twelve million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 27 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 2020 the New York Public Library voted Me Talk Pretty One Day one of the 125 most important books of the last 125 years. 

He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service. 

Sedaris’s original audio pieces can often be heard on the public radio show This American Life. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His latest audio recording of new stories (recorded live) is “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure” (November 2009). A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (2013). Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 entitled “Meet David Sedaris.”  In 2019 David Sedaris became a regular contributor to CBS Sunday Morning.


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

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