Talk and Signing with #1 NYT Bestselling Author David Sedaris

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

Schuler Books & Music
2660 28th Street SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316154727
Availability: On Our Shelves Now-Click on title for location specific availability.
Published: Little Brown and Company - May 30th, 2017

We are over the moon to be able to welcome David Sedaris back for his first bookstore tour in years, for the release of one of the most anticipated books of the season, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)!

Ticketing Info: This will be a ticketed event, with tickets available via pre-order of Theft by Finding from beginning at 10 am on Monday, May 1st. Pre-sales will end on Sunday, May 28. Ticket sales will resume IN-STORE ONLY at the 28th St. location on Tuesday, May 30th at 9am. Pre-sale books/tickets will be available for pick-up at the 28th St. store beginning on release day, May 30th. Guests may pick up their books/tickets any time after that, or may wait to claim them on event day. Please present your web order receipt to receive your books/tickets

Event Details:

  • Seating at the event will be first-come first-served. The book signing will proceed after the author talk in approximate ticket number order (we will call tickets in groups of 10).
  • David is happy to sign any and all items that he has written. No photography or videos will be allowed.

About the Book

David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making

It's no coincidence that the world's best writers tend to keep diaries. If you faithfully record your life in a journal, you're writing every day--and if you write every day, you become a better writer. David Sedaris has kept a diary for forty years. This means that if you've kept a diary for a year of your life or less, Sedaris is at least forty times better at writing than you are.

In his diaries, he's recorded everything that has captured his attention--overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and with them he has honed his self-deprecation and learned to craft his cunning, surprising sentences.

Now, for the first time, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world in Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002. This is the first-person account of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.

Most diaries -- even the diaries of great writers -- are impossibly dull, because they generally write about their emotions, or their dreams, or their interior life. Sedaris's diaries are unique because they face outward. He doesn't tell us his feelings about the world, he shows us the world instead, and in so doing he shows us something deeper about himself.

Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that there's no such thing as a boring day--when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, adventure waits around every corner.

"The thrill of Sedaris's nonfiction lies in the absurd details of his memories, burnished with enough polish and comic timing to wonder how true they are (after you've stopped laughing). Now we'll finally have access to the raw material -- fragments of the writer's personal diaries that you might recognize from the banter in his prolific and hilarious live readings." ―Boris Kachka, New York
"Sedaris fans will thrill to this opportunity to poke around in the writer's personal diaries, which he has faithfully kept for four decades and used as raw material for his hilarious nonfiction as well as his performances."―Paul S. Makishima, Boston Globe
"Scintillating... Sedaris is a latter-day Charlie Chaplin: droll, put-upon but not innocent, and besieged by all sorts of obstreperous or menacing folks... Sedaris's storytelling, even in diary jottings, is so consistently well-crafted and hilarious that few will care whether it's embroidered."―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Sedaris' diaries are the wellspring for his cuttingly funny autobiographical essays, and he now presents a mesmerizing volume of deftly edited passages...Sedaris is caustically witty about his bad habits and artistic floundering...A candid, socially incisive, and sharply amusing chronicle of the evolution of an arresting comedic artist."
Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
"Raw glimpses of the humorist's personal life as he clambered from starving artist to household name... though the mood is usually light, the book is also a more serious look into his travails as an artist and person... A surprisingly poignant portrait of the artist as a young to middle-aged man." ―Kirkus (starred review)
"For those curious about the mind of a comic genius, this is a great place to start." ―Melissa Kravitz, amNewYork
"A David Sedaris book is always a welcome addition to any personal library - his hilarity, his self-deprecation, his compassion for (and amusement with) the human condition, and his clear joy at making his readers laugh out loud are all what make a David Sedaris book great."―E. Ce Miller, Bustle
"As brilliant and hilarious as anything Sedaris has previously published." ―Zack Ruskin, SF Weekly

David Sedaris is the author of the books 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. He lives in England.