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June 16, 2004

'Sold Out' Sedaris Reading Will Be Broadcast On WSUI June 27

The "Sold Out" reading by NPR humorist David Sedaris (left) will be a special event on "Live from Prairie Lights," hosted by Julie Englander on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910, at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 27.

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Because of Sedaris' popularity, Prairie Lights Books issued free tickets for the in-store reading, and all the tickets were quickly snatched up.

Sedaris is the author of the bestsellers "Barrel Fever" and "Holiday on Ice," as well as two collections of personal essays, "Naked" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day," which was published in 2001 and immediately became a national bestseller.

Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name "The Talent Family" and have written several 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," the Obie-winning "One Woman Shoe," "Incident at Cobbler's Knob" and "The Book of Liz," which was published in book form by Dramatist's Play Service.

His essays appear regularly in Esquire and The New Yorker.

Sedaris' original radio pieces can often be heard on "This American Life," distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ in Chicago.

In 2001, Sedaris became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He was named by Time magazine as "Humorist of the Year" in 2001. His new book is "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," just out this month.

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