The closest thing to a David Sedaris memoir you will find

Author and comedian David Sedaris is the preeminent humorist of his generation. Photo provided.

by Rob Howard
Associate Editor

David Sedaris, “Ain’t the preeminent humorist of his generation by accident,” says Entertainment Weekly’s Whitney Pastorek. So it’s no surprise that Sedaris’ latest book, Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002, is eagerly awaited. The book will be released May 30.

Sabrina Callahan, Director of Publicity at Little, Brown and Company, Sedaris’ publisher, said, “These pages are the closest thing to a memoir David has written and they give us a glimpse into his early life, his family, his struggles with money and his search for an artistic point of view.

“Along the way we watch the development of his unique voice, with a timbre and cadence unmatched by any other chronicler of the human condition writing today.”

Sedaris’ “official website” talks about Theft By Finding, saying, “For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses.

“Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries.

“From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime readers only think they know. Tender, hilarious, illuminating and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation's greatest comic geniuses.”

The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

“Sedaris’s droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the greatest humorists writing today,” says the Chicago Tribune.

Sedaris is the bestselling author of the books Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4.

He lives in England with his long-time partner Hugh Hamrick.

With the publication of Theft By Finding, Sedaris has launched a book tour, with two stops in The Gayly’s region. He will be at Booksmart Tulsa at Magic City Books June 14, and at Rainy Day Books in Kansas City, Mo. June 16. Check store websites for details related to time and access.

Theft By Finding will be available at Amazon in several formats and at bookstores on May 30.

Copyright 2017 The Gayly – May 17, 2017 @ 12:50 p.m.