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about david on his small-city tour
by dabroots (dabroots)
at June 13th, 2009 (09:30 am)

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Sedaris Small City Tour Playing Big
By Claire Kirch -- Publishers Weekly, 6/11/2009 10:11:00 AM

Author and radio personality David Sedaris is mixing it up on his current 24-city author tour to promote the paperback release of When You Are Engulfed in Flames (Little, Brown). Like most bestselling authors, Sedaris is making the typical big-city stops on the circuit, but he’s also making stops in cities with populations hovering between 85,000 and 120,000—places like Evansville, Ind.; Duluth, Minn.; and Fargo, N.D.

Interviewed by phone the day before he kicked off his month-long national tour in New York, Sedaris said he was looking forward to visiting the small cities just as much as the large ones, despite the lack of direct flights and other travel hassles. Recalling an event held last summer at a Barnes & Noble in Baton Rouge, La., Sedaris reported that he signed books for 9-1/2 hours there—a record, even for him, an author renowned for signing books for up to eight hours after readings. “I thought, wow, these are good cities to go to on a book tour,” he said. “People are happy to show up, but publishers just don’t send them there.”

Sedaris’s strategy to hit small cities is paying off so far. After a stop Sunday at the B&N in Evansville that drew 500, Sedaris flew from Indiana to Minneapolis the next morning, from where a friend drove him 150 miles north to Duluth, to read at Northern Lights Books & Gifts. While author events are scheduled regularly at the 1,700-square-foot full-service independent bookstore, events featuring popular authors—like Michael Perry, who drew 200 people the week before—are always held off-site. But Sedaris had specifically requested that he visit Duluth on this tour, and that he do an in-store event there, Northern Lights owner Anita Zager reported.


Posted by: aninvisibleman (aninvisibleman)
Posted at: June 13th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)

When I saw him we waited in line for three hours to get a book signed. He was really great and nice and talked to me about Mad Men and fish tacos.

Posted by: her heaven is never enough (_lyra_b)
Posted at: June 13th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)

9 1/2 hours?! After all these years of fame, he still never forgets who brought him there: his fans. He is truly one-of-a-kind. Thanks for sharing this.

Posted by: dabroots (dabroots)
Posted at: June 14th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)

Yes, indeed. And he didn't achieve all this fame until he was into his 40s. He knows where he came from and appreciates the people who are still out there, waiting in long lines.

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