Best-selling author David Sedaris returns to the Raue Center

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Best-selling author David Sedaris returns to the Raue Center November 4 at 8 p.m. David Sedaris is the bestselling author of Calypso, Theft By Finding, 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.

With a sardonic wit and incisive social criticism, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. 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 dealing with the human condition today.

David Sedaris, the “champion storyteller” (Los Angeles Times) returns with his first new collection of personal essays since the best-selling Calypso.

Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper and whether or not to wear a mask was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things. When Happy-Go-Lucky opens, he learns to shoot with his sister, visits muddy flea markets in Serbia, buys gummy worms to feed ants, and tells jokes in a wheelchair to his nonagenarian father.

But then the pandemic hits and, like so many others, he’s stuck, unable to tour and read for audiences, the part of his job he loves the most. To cope, he travels for miles through an almost deserted city, smelling only his own breath. He vacuums his apartment twice a day, fails to accumulate anything, and ponders how sex workers and acupuncturists might cope during quarantine.

As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris finds itself changed as well. His offer to fix a stranger’s teeth rebuffed, he straightens his own and ventures out into the world with newfound confidence. Newly orphaned, he reflects on what it means, in his seventh decade, to no longer be someone’s son. And back on the road, he discovers an America scarred by the battles: weary people, empty storefronts or festooned with Help Wanted signs, walls painted with graffiti reflecting the contradictory messages of our time: Eat the Rich. Trump 2024. Black lives matter.

In Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris once again captures the most unexpected, hilarious and poignant in recent upheavals, personal and public, and expresses in precise language both misanthropy and longing. connection that drives us all. If we are to live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than the incomparable David Sedaris.

David Sedaris will deliver a 60-minute reading followed by 20-30 minutes of questions from the audience. There will be a book signing in the lobby before and after the event, no photography or videography of any kind will be permitted. Additionally, there will be no beverage service during this event.

Tickets start at $50 ($35 for RaueNOW members) and can be purchased online at rauecenter.org or through the box office at 815.356.9212 or 26 N. Williams Street in downtown Crystal Lake.

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For more information, visit rauecenter.org or contact our box office at 815-356-9212.

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