David Sedaris to keynote PLA President's Program

Contact: Kathleen Hughes
PLA Manager, Communications
312-280-4028

khughes@ala.org

For Immediate Release
February 7, 2005

David Sedaris to keynote PLA President's Program

CHICAGO – David Sedaris, essayist and radio contributor, will keynote the PLA President’s Program (part of the ALA Auditorium Speaker Series) on Monday, June 27, 5 – 6:30 p.m., during the upcoming ALA Annual Conference.

Sedaris first came to national attention recounting the strange-but-true experiences of his job as a Macy's elf, reading his "SantaLand Diaries" on National Public Radio's (NPR) Morning Edition.
A frequent and popular contributor to NPR, he also is the author of the bestsellers "Barrel Fever" and "Holidays on Ice," as well as the essay collections, "Naked" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day," which immediately became national bestsellers.
His most recent book is "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim" (June, 2004).
His essays also appear regularly in
Esquire and
The New Yorker.

Along with his sister, actress Amy Sedaris, he has co-written several plays that have been produced at various theatres in New York City. His original radio pieces often can be heard on "This American Life," distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ in Chicago. In 2001, Sedaris became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
He was named by
Time magazine as Humorist of the Year in 2001.

The annual PLA Service Awards will be presented prior to the Sedaris appearance. Following these activities is a gala, music-filled reception.
There is no charge for attending this event and pre-registration is not required. Sedaris appears by special arrangement with the Steven Barclay Agency
www.barclayagency.com.

In addition to this session, PLA will present more than twenty continuing education programs, and three preconference programs during the conference.
For more information regarding the conference, visit
www.pla.org
or
call 800-545-2433, ext. 5752. PLA is a division of the American Library Association.