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David Sedaris 

When: Fri., June 30, 7 p.m. 2017

Just because you're a popular author does not necessarily mean your diary will be a good read. For certain kinds of writers, it might even spoil the mystery a little. But David Sedaris, whose latest book, Theft by Finding, I recently spotted on a prime bookstore rack inside New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal, is the ideal popular author-diarist. What characterizes his oeuvre is a fascination with certain types of moments and situations: the awkward, surreal, ridiculous, not necessarily dramatic moments that make up the bulk of the Western human experience. Sedaris has been treating his audiences at book signings to excerpts from his decades-long diary-keeping, but this collection is the first to gather a representative sampling. Recounting a quarter-century swath beginning with the author as a twenty-year-old in 1977, this compendium offers short, sharp glimpses rather than an exhaustive linear progression. Sedaris recently likened it to "someone else's yearbook," but surely anyone else's wouldn't provide this much kick. —David Klein

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