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David’s 40-City US Fall Tour
David Sedaris is getting ready for his 40-City US Fall 2016 Tour, which begins October 5th in New Jersey, does a long trek across the US, and ends with several nights at Town Hall in NYC. Click here to see the complete list of cities and official links for obtaining tickets—David hopes to see you there! Remember to get your tickets through official box offices as to not encourage the ever-growing scalper population.
What’s New, What’s Coming…
Here is some very good news—David will be publishing his edited diaries, in a book entitled THEFT BY FINDING, in June 2017 and will once again be coming to a bookstore near you. This news is so hot off the presses, you can’t even Google it. Follow David on Facebook to keep informed about upcoming tours and book news.
David has chosen his recommended book for the Fall 2016 tour —Eileen: A Novel. It’s a book NPR calls “dark, damaged fun,” and was written by an author, Ottessa Moshfegh, whom The LA Times calls a “crucial writer.” David will be promoting Eileen: A Novel on his tour.
Eileen: A Novel Paperback– August 16, 2016 by
From the Publisher. A lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s is pulled into a very strange crime, in a mordant, harrowing story of obsession and suspense, by one of the brightest new voices in fiction. Longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.
So here we are. My name was Eileen Dunlop. Now you know me. I was twenty-four years old then, and had a job that paid fifty-seven dollars a week as a kind of secretary at a private juvenile correctional facility for teenage boys. I think of it now as what it really was for all intents and purposes—a prison for boys. I will call it Moorehead. Delvin Moorehead was a terrible landlord I had years later, and so to use his name for such a place feels appropriate. In a week, I would run away from home and never go back.
This is the story of how I disappeared.
The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father’s caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys’ prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a buff prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father’s messes. When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and proves unable to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.
Played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England in the days leading up to Christmas, young Eileen’s story is told from the gimlet-eyed perspective of the now much older narrator. Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Vladimir Nabokov, this powerful debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary literature.
David (and his rarely seen partner Hugh) were featured in the recent documentary, Do I Sound Gay? Click here to view a clip, where you’ll have the pleasure of seeing David and Hugh in their home in Sussex.
“Hugh could set me on fire while I was asleep. I will never ever leave him. I do not ever want to be single again.”
(David Then and Now)
Upcoming Tour Dates
Wed 5 / Oct 2016 / MORRISTOWN, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
Thurs 6 / Oct 2016 / NEW HAVEN, CT Shubert Theatre Pre-sale Password: SQUIRREL
Fri 7 / Oct 2016 / ANNANDALE ON HUDSON, NY Richard B. Fisher Center for the Perf Arts at Bard College
Sat 8 / Oct 2016 / ITHACA, NY State Theatre
Sun 9 / Oct 2016 / ROCHESTER, NY Theatre on the Ridge / Kodak Center for the Performing Arts
Mon 10 / Oct 2016 / TOLEDO, OH Stranahan Theater
Tues 11 / Oct 2016 / PITTSBURGH, PA Carnegie Music Hall
Click to see full tour sechedule
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls Now in Paperback!
In which David asks…
“If you stepped out of the shower and saw a leprechaun standing at the base of your toilet, would you scream, or would you innately understand that he meant you no harm?”
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