Spend “An Evening with David Sedaris” on November 10 when the master of satire returns to The Soraya with his sharp wit and incisive social observations!
“If you read someone else’s diary, you get what you deserve.” – David Sedaris
Whether it’s his sardonic wit or famously reedy voice, bestselling author David Sedaris is one of the most observant writers of the human condition. With essays in “The New Yorker,” bestselling books like “Calypso,” tours and readings on NPR, Sedaris is one of the most recognizable humorists in America today. Spend an evening with David Sedaris at The Soraya as he reads from his latest book, “The Best of Me,” a collection of 42 previously published stories and essays. The evening will also include a book signing before and after the show. Novelist Andrew Sean Greer wrote in the “New York Times”
“You must read “The Best of Me.” It will be a new experience, knowing that enough time has passed to find humor in the hardest parts of life. More than ever — we’re allowed to laugh.”
“An Evening with David Sedaris”
Thursday, Novembert10 10 at 8:00 pm
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Tickets for “An Evening with David Sedaris” are $41 to $109 and are available at www.thesoraya.org and by calling 818-677-3000.
About David Sedaris
David Sedaris is a master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers. Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of “Barrel Fever,” “Holidays on Ice,” “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”, and “Calypso,” which was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. He is the author of “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary,” a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. He is also the author of an essay length eBook titled “Themes and Variations.” Each of these books was an immediate bestseller. Sedaris 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.” The first volume of his diaries “Theft By Finding: Diarie”s (1977-2002) was a New York Times best-selling book. As a companion piece to the book, Jeffrey Jenkins published and edited an art book of Sedaris’s diary covers, entitled “David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium.” He is currently working on the second volume of his diaries, “A Carnival of Snackery,” “Diaries” (2003-2020) (Little Brown/Hachette, October 5, 2021).
Sedaris 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 Dramatists Play Service.
Sedaris has been nominated for five Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His audio recordings include “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure” and “David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall”. 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,” and his Masterclass, “David Sedaris Teaches Storytelling and Humor,” was released.
There are over 16 million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 32 languages. In 2018 Sedaris 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.
About Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)
The 2021-22 Season marks the 10th Anniversary for the celebrated Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) located on the vibrant and diverse campus of California State University in the heart of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.
Under the leadership of Executive and Artistic Director Thor Steingraber, The Soraya continues its vigorous commitment to innovating, exceling, and amplifying access by offering a wide variety of performances that reflect LA’s many distinctive communities and featuring new and original work from the Los Angeles region as well as artists from around the world. In 2020, The Soraya’s online programs garnered attention from around the globe and from media such as The New York Times.
In addition to its LEED Gold certified venue—a rarity among performing arts centers—the 1700-seat Soraya has been nationally recognized for its environmentally sustainable practices and programs.
After enduring a year without live performances, the 2021-22 season will offer a joy-filled reunion featuring a vibrant program of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family, and international events that will further establish The Soraya as one of the top arts companies in Southern California that uplifts and inspires its audiences.