NPR humorist and bestselling author David Sedaris to read at Wingate University

David Sedaris (photo credit to Hugh Hamrick
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University presents NPR humorist and bestselling author David Sedaris on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium. This will be his only North Carolina performance on his 2013 fall tour. The performance will include adult language and content.

With wit and social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. He slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness as a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris’s original radio pieces can be heard on This American Life, distributed by National Public Radio. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure” is his latest audio live recording of new stories.

He wrote Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as personal essay collections including: Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. His most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, debuted in the number one spot on The New York Times bestseller list in April. Sedaris is the author of The Times bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. Sedaris’s essays appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” Seven million copies of his books are in print and have been translated into 25 languages.

He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written several plays, produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center and The Drama Department in New York City. One play, One Woman Shoe, received an Obie Award, an Off-Broadway Theatre Award.

Tickets are $28-$47 and can be purchased online at or by calling the Batte Center Box Office at 704-233-8300 or CarolinaTix at 704-372-1000.

The Batte Center
Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyer-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located a short five minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is two blocks off of Highway 74 and only 19 miles southeast of Charlotte’s I-485 outerbelt. Free parking is plentiful and performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility. Complimentary pre-show beverages and snacks are provided courtesy of Stone Table catering in Monroe, N.C.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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