An Evening with David Sedaris to Benefit CCA Scholarships

David Sedaris [photo: Anne Fishbein]

Best-selling author and NPR humorist David Sedaris will appear at a special benefit reading for California College of the Arts (CCA) on May 3, 2012, at Zellerbach Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus. The evening will include a reading from new and unpublished material, a book signing, and, for sponsorship donors, a VIP cocktail party with the author at Berkeley Art Museum. Proceeds will benefit the CCA Scholarship Fund.

“We are delighted to have David help us raise funds for student scholarships,” said CCA President Stephen Beal. “I have had the pleasure of knowing David for many years -- he was a former art student of mine -- and he is truly one of the funniest and smartest writers working today. With this event we hope to raise more than $150,000 to support talented young artists, architects, designers, and writers at CCA.”

About David Sedaris

“David Sedaris’s droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the greatest humorists writing today,” raves the Chicago Tribune. His newest book, a collection of fables titled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, was an immediate bestseller. He is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice as well as collections of personal essays, including When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Naked, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. Sedaris’s essays appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays.

Sedaris’s original radio pieces can be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His most recent live album is David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure (November 2009).

He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written six plays, which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe (which received an Obie Award), Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service.

Tickets and Information

To purchase tickets, call 510.642.9988 or visit the Zellerbach Hall ticket website. To attend the VIP cocktail party with Sedaris at the Berkeley Art Museum, call 510.594.3776 or email Kelly Dawson at kdawson2@cca.edu. Event sponsors at $350 and above may ride the complimentary CCA private motor coach round trip from San Francisco to the VIP party and reading in Berkeley. For more information, visit An Evening with David Sedaris event website.

CCA Trustee Kay Kimpton Walker is chair of this benefit fundraiser for student scholarships.

Annieglass is the presenting sponsor of An Evening with David Sedaris. Party sponsors are Muscardini Cellars and Blue Angel Vodka. The book signing is sponsored by Books Inc.