DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids
April 14, 7 p.m.
devosperformancehall.com; (616) 742-6500
After more than 20 years in the public spotlight as a renowned essayist, humorist and all-around lovable weirdo, David Sedaris remains to this day a commanding force who can outsell the Rolling Stones (or close to it) while wielding sharp turns of phrase like a machete. To describe him as a bestselling author is, in fact, to under-represent the colossus of a career that Sedaris has constructed for himself. Attaching Sedaris's name to any grouping of paper is a guaranteed way to rake in that other kind of paper, as mega-hits like Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day and When You Are Engulfed in Flames will readily attest to. With a new collection of essays, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, set for release on April 23, Sedaris has probably reached that point in his public persona where he could call his next book Reading the Bible While Sighing Dramatically and everyone would flock to tear it off the shelves. (And not in that book burn-y kind of way.) If you only see one act this April, forget the Stones; make it Sedaris.