David Sedaris is one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers—a master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers. His recent book The Best of Me is a collection of 42 previously published stories and essays, about which 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.”
Sedaris’ next book, Happy-Go-Lucky, his first new collection of personal essays since the bestselling Calypso, will be released by Little, Brown and Company on May 31, 2022.
Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, 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, and 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: Diaries (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’ diary covers, entitled David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium. A second volume of Sedaris’ diaries, A Carnival of Snackery, Diaries (2003–2020) was published last October.
Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen plays that 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 by 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 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 entitled Meet David Sedaris. In 2019, Sedaris became a regular contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, and his master class, David Sedaris Teaches Storytelling and Humor, is available from masterclass.com.
There are over 16 million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 32 languages. In 2018, he 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, Sedaris was elected as a member of 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.