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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Sedaris  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1956 in Binghamton, New York


Illinois Connection

Sedaris moved to Chicago in 1983. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute in 1987. He also taught writing at School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a short time.

Biographical and Professional Information

David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated humorist, writer, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor. Sedaris was raised in a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1983, he moved to Chicago and graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987. While working a string of odd jobs across Raleigh, Chicago and New York City, Sedaris was discovered reading his diary in a Chicago club by radio host Ira Glass, who asked Sedaris to appear on his weekly local program ''The Wild Room''. His success there led to a monthly segment for National Public Radio based on entries in his diary.

His first collection of short stories, entitled ''Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays'', was published in 1994 and became a national best-seller. Sedaris has also been published in print and online by ''Esquire Magazine'', ''Slate'', the ''New York Times'', and ''The New Yorker''. He has written six plays, five with his sister Amy Sedaris (some under the pen name of ''The Talent Family''). In 2005 Sedaris edited ''Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules'', an anthology of stories from his favorite authors.

''Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim'' was nominated for a Grammy Award in for best spoken-word album, and ''David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall'' received a Grammy nomination for best comedy album.

Sedaris currently resides in England.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim''''' *Lambda Literary Award for Humor, 2005 '''''Me Talk Pretty One Day''''' *Lambda Literary Award for Humor, 2001 *James Thurber Prize for American Humor, 2001