"I attributed their behavior to the fact that they didn't have a TV, but television didn't teach you everything," David Sedaris writes of his out-of-touch neighbors' unfamiliarity with Halloween in Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. "Asking for candy on Halloween was called trick-or-treating, but asking for candy on November first was called begging, and it made people uncomfortable. This was one of the things you were supposed to learn simply by being alive, and it angered me that the Tomkeys did not understand it." Sedaris always seems to back up his cocked-eyebrow musings with an elliptical, non-judgmental conclusion that lets the reader do the rest of the heavy lifting. It's a trait that has not only made him one of our funniest essayists, but perhaps the most surprisingly poignant. This collection borrows heavily from previously published material in Esquire, GQ and The New Yorker and some that has been read on This American Life. Normally when Sedaris makes a trip to New Orleans, it's for huge nerd-fests at the Orpheum -- he absolutely killed last time -- so this decidedly more intimate event at Garden District Book Shop is a rare treat. His reading and signing is a ticketed event; those who wish to attend need to purchase a hardcover or paperback version of Corduroy and Denim for a ticket. Sedaris will follow the reading with a signing of books for even those who couldn't get into the reading.
6:30 p.m. Friday, June 24
Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266