One of the funniest writers out there (his sister, Amy Sedaris, is coincidentally also one of them) is touring bookstores for his new book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames. For those lucky enough to live in a town with a decent bookstore, there's a good chance he will be in your town (such as Baton Rouge). Here's a link to his calendar:
P.S. - For those in Baton Rouge too lazy to click on the link (K), he'll be at the Barnes and Nobels in CitiPlace June 18 starting at 7:00 PM.
Thanks, Brien!! I went to see him speak at LSU's Union Theater a couple of years ago, and he was as hilarious as always. The first time I heard him on NPR, I actually had to pull my car over because I was laughing so hard. (It was part of his series on living in France: After misreading a sign and ending up at clinic for venereal disease, he finally succeeds in having a tooth pulled and is trying to find someone--anyone--in charge of billing to help him pay his tiny fee to the French socialized health care system. When no one seems interested in getting paid he observes that "it was like everyone was on Demerol.") Unfortunately, I'm writing instead of teaching this summer, so it's unlikely I'll be able to purchase When You Are Engulfed in Flames for him to sign, but this is still good to know just in case...
I guess I'm pretty crass, but I always try to bring the earliest book of any author's to sign (unless, of course, it was totally atrocious). Especially if I can't afford to buy the latest book. Of course, I so rarely get the chance to get anyone besides Buddy Romer to sign books (and he signed my Complete Guide to William Shakespeare by Isaac Asimov, so now that I think about it, I'm probably the wrong person to give advice on the subject).
You actually asked Buddy Roemer to autograph something for you? Why?
Oh, and vote the REVOLUTION!
Because I was at the cafe in Books-A-Million with Kat and she didn't believe me when I said that was Buddy Romer, so I took my recently purchased copy of Isaac Asimov's Complete Guide to Shakespeare to him and asked him to sign as proof he was who I said he was. On reflection, it's not really proof at all, but it was convincing at the time.
FWIW, I went to see David Sedaris at B&N. I was surprised by how many people showed up--he spoke from the music section on the second floor, and practically the entire first floor was packed. My friend Aimee and I stood on the second floor near the escalators to watch him, and while the view wasn't as good as when I paid to see him at LSU, it was still good. His stories were typical David Sedaris--entertaining, funny, with a touch of the grotesque.
I didn't get him to sing anything, but then from Me Talk Pretty One Day on I've bought his stuff on iTunes so that I can hear him speak the words. Thanks for the heads up, Brien--I wish you could have been here to see him!!!
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