David Sedaris at Willamette Oct. 23

David SedarisDavid Sedaris, National Public Radio humorist and best-selling author of "Me Talk Pretty One Day," will give the 2003 Atkinson Lecture Thursday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.

Tickets become available Oct. 8 at the Information Desk in University Center. The first ticket is free with a Willamette ID. The second ticket is $10. This lecture is expected to sell out.

Sedaris made his comic debut recounting his strange-but-true job experiences as a Macy's elf clad in green tights, reading his "SantaLand Diaries" on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Sedaris' sardonic humor and incisive social critique have since made him one of NPR's most popular and humorous commentators.

Sedaris is the author of the bestsellers "Barrel Fever" and "Holidays on Ice," as well as collections of personal essays, "Naked" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day," which immediately became a national bestseller.

Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name, The Talent Family, and have written several plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center and the Drama Department in New York City. These plays 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 Dramatist's Play Service. His essays appear regularly in Esquire and The New Yorker.

Sedaris' original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ in Chicago. In 2001, David 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.