Best-selling author returns to Popejoy

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With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. 

For almost 20 years, this internationally acclaimed humorist has entertained audiences with his astute, satirical assessment of the human condition. Sedaris’ latest book, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” debuted at Number One on the New York Times Bestseller List. Sedaris comes back 3 p.m. Nov. 10 to Popejoy Hall.  

Sedaris’ writing became well known after radio show host Ira Glass heard Sedaris reading excerpts from his diary in a Chicago club. Glass asked Sedaris to read on his program, “The Wild Room.” This then led to an appearance on National Public Radio, where Sedaris read “The SantaLand Diaries,” about his experiences working as a Christmas elf at Macy’s department store.

His first book, “Barrel Fever,” was published in 1994 and featured the now-famous “SantaLand Diaries.” Sedaris has since published seven more books and served as editor of the 2005 anthology “Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules.” He has also released 11 audio recordings, including “Live at Carnegie Hall.”  

Throughout his career, Sedaris has earned acclaim and accolades. In 2001, he received the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the title of “Humorist of the Year” from Time Magazine, both for his book “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” In 2004, his audio book version of “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” was nominated for a Grammy® Award for Best Spoken Word Album.

After 2010’s decidedly different, “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary,” a collection of animal fables, Sedaris made a return to form with “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls.” Released in April and dedicated to his sister, actress Amy Sedaris, the book combines Sedaris’ trademark essays with six hilarious short monologues. In addition, the film C.O.G., adapted from an essay in the 1997 collection, “Naked,” premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Tickets for David Sedaris are currently on sale for $59, $54, $44 and $20. Tickets can be purchased at the UNM Ticket Offices and select area Albertsons locations. 

Online purchases can be made through popejoypresents.com or unmtickets.com. To charge by phone, call 877-664-8661 or 925-5858. Group orders for 15 or more can be placed by calling 344-1779.