David Sedaris Reads To The Masses In Union Square

by JACQUELINE CHANCER · June 4, 2008

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Let the book readings begin…

Tonight at 7 P.M. within the walls of the Union Square, Barnes and Noble bookstore, the famously funny author David Sedaris will be reading from his new book, When You are Engulfed in Flames, to a crowd of beloved readers (whom I will be amongst). Get this, it's a free event.

This is certainly a very exciting and rare occasion, for American author Sedaris lives in Paris with his long-time companion. Author of four essay collections, all of which have become New York Times bestsellers, spanning from Naked (1997) to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), this new book is another non-fiction compilation that is sure to have your laughter written on the pages.

Am I the only one who is in absolute love with Sedaris' family? If you've never read Sedaris, you will fall in love with each and every one of them (it's a very large family). They are like a reality television show that is actually engaging. The madness Sedaris weaves with his words is intoxicating; you can't help but stare at the trainwreck that is his family. You feel as though Sedaris hates his family, but they hold such an important place in his life that he can't help but write about it. It's like James Joyce, who felt suffocated in Ireland and spent the majority of his life abroad (mainly in Paris, do I see a connection?). Though Joyce believed Ireland stifled him intellectually, all of his work revolved in some way or another around Ireland (need I even say Dubliners?). Either way, Sedaris will have you believing your family is normal.

Sedaris will be reading amongst other authors including Nathan Englander. Also, tomorrow, B&N will hold a reading by Salman Rushdie.