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British council names garbage truck for David Sedaris

Earlier this week, the West Sussex County Times published a charming little article about a local hero “who devotes a great deal of time and energy to walking many miles clearing litter from near where he lives as well as surrounding areas.” The district’s government is so thankful for his tireless work that they’ve decided to give him the ultimate honor: They’re naming a garbage truck after him.

The litter-picker’s name? David Sedaris.

Yep—that David Sedaris, bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One DayNaked, and countless endlessly amusing essays for The New Yorker, not to mention umpteen NPR segments. He moved to the English countryside with his longtime partner, Hugh Hamrick, three years ago. READ FULL STORY

On the Books: World's largest Shakespeare collection to go online; Whiting Writers' Awards winners announced

Shakespeare is being digitized, self-published erotica is more scandalous than previously thought, and Charles Darwin once let his son draw on his manuscripts. Read on for more of today’s top headlines: READ FULL STORY

David Sedaris is finally going Hollywood. Which of his essays do you want to see on screen?

How is it that none of David Sedaris’ work has been adapted for the big screen yet? The prolific humorist has always been protective of his essays, especially ones in which his family plays a large role. (Perhaps Sedaris saw Running With Scissors as a cautionary tale). But back in 2010, Sedaris gave the go-ahead to writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (Easier than Practice) to make a movie of “C.O.G.,” a narrative piece from Sedaris’ 1997 collection Naked, and it’s now slated to start production this October, Indiewire reports. “C.O.G.,” which stands for “Child of God,” is based on an episode from Sedaris’ 20s when he and a fanatical Christian attempted to sell stones cut into the shape of Oregon at a local fair.

I could see a number of Sedaris’ essays being turned into comic, Wes Anderson-ish indies. Here are some others that I’d love to see in theaters: READ FULL STORY

David Sedaris speaks of creatures great and small in an exclusive clip from 'Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk'

David Sedaris’ autobiographical essays have always read somewhat like fables. That is, short, clever and often containing some sort of lesson, usually at his own expense. Now he’s taking that to its natural end, rejiggering himself as a modern-day fabulist and composing a collection of tales that use animals to explore man’s many foibles. Of course, it’ll probably end up more acerbic than Aesop and more laugh-inducing than LaFontaine. Check out an exclusive clip from Squirrel Meets Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, featuring Sedaris reading some clever rhyming couplets over original illustrations by Ian Falconer, which also feature in the book.

EW Exclusive: David Sedaris lends his support to National Audiobook Month

David-SedarisImage Credit: Christine Kokot/DPA/LandovJune is National Audiobook Month. It’s also National Safety Month, which makes sense considering it’s much safer to drive while listening to an audiobook than to try to hold and read a physical book. The sixth month additionally claims the titles of National Flag Month, National Seafood Month and National Dairy Month. With all of these designations, it appears that June is also National “National Month” Month.

But it’s audiobooks that we at Shelf Life are interested in, and the same goes for David Sedaris. The puckish satirist, and author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Barrel Fever, has recorded a few promos in support of NAM for the “Get Caught Listening” campaign, extolling the virtues of audiobooks, actor and narrator Dylan Baker, and Sam Lipsyte’s trenchantly hilarious novel, The Ask. Listen to the exclusive clips below, and tell us: What will you be doing to celebrate National Audiobook Month once it starts next week?

Exclusive: Clip from new David Sedaris audiobook

David-Sedaris_lpeglive-for-your-listening_jpegHumorist David Sedaris is famous for his reading tours, where he likes to test and hone his pieces, and engage in banter and back-and-forth with his audiences. EW has learned that Hachette Audio will release a new Sedaris audiobook  on Nov. 24. Live for Your Listening Pleasure—consisting of recordings culled from his recent American tour—will have no hardcover or paperback counterpart.”This was planned as an audio initiative,” says a Hachette spokeswoman. “It’s patterned after Live At Carnegie Hall”—a popular 2002 recording—”and though we first thought it would be a single event, he preferred to cobble together highlights form the entire tour.” You can hear an exclusive clip here:

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