Have you ever had to ask a loved one to pop a pimple or lance a boil located on a part of your body where the sun doesnt shine? Or sucked on a lozenge and found it falling from your mouth into the lap of a total stranger? Or had the water shut off in your house and, due to laziness and lethargy, decided to fill your coffeemaker with the water from a vase of flowers?
David Sedaris has; the regular New Yorker and This American Life contributor explores these situations and many more, in his latest collection of essays, When You Are Engulfed in Flames. The best-selling author of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Me Talk Pretty One Day was discovered reading his diary by radio host Ira Glass, who asked him to appear on the weekly radio program The Wild Room. Sedaris shot to prominence in 1992 when he read an essay on National Public Radios Morning Edition show; the infamous SantaLand Diaries described his escapades working as an elf at Macys department store during Christmastime.
Since then, Sedaris has published a number of novels and collections of his essays, as well as plays co-authored with his sister, actor Amy Sedaris. Hell read from and sign When You Are Engulfed in Flames today at noon at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street; tickets to his talk have been available with the purchase of Flames since June 3, but you can still get free tickets for the book-signing line at 11 a.m. today. Call 303-436-1070 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.
Sun., June 22, noon, 2008