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David Sedaris Reads About Animals for FREE

It’s Sedaris week in NYC! In case you missed Amy’s reading last Thursday, David Sedaris is reading at Barnes and Noble tonight. But his will involve less crafts and more anthropomorphism. His newest book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, is short stories about animals where squirrels and chipmunks go on dates, owls have diabetes and cats go to baboons to get their hair did.

It’s a slight departure from his usual snarky essays about buying taxidermy kittens in Europe, moving to Japan while quitting smoking, working as an elf at Macy’s and his brother passing off a bong as a vase to his mother. But only slight. He wrote the book after hearing South African folk tales and thought that he could do better. Even if you’ve never read his stuff before, you should go to the reading. Number one, he’s hilarious. Number two, he has one of the most distinct voices ever. Three, he when signing books he’ll things like, “Marcie, you don’t know fuck about shit.”

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David Sedaris Reading
Barnes and Noble
33 East 17th Street between Park Ave South and Broadway [Union Square]
Monday, November 8

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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.