Mr. Sedaris was in fine form reading stories old and new, some with a Christmas theme and one with a local connection. He continued on with selections from his diaries and then had the lights turned up and hosted a lively Q & A session with the audience.
Hearing one of your favourite authors bring his stories to life is not an experience to be underestimated. If you need proof, track down a copy of his audio recording Live from Carnegie Hall. It's a rare gift to hear experiences unusual or even mundane filtered through a critical eye to the place where you feel both the humour and the heart of the situation.
I was distracted briefly when he began speaking about encounters with his fans and in particular a flight attendant who told him that sometimes for fun while cleaning the cabin, they hold open a garbage bag to passengers and say "You're trash" or "Your family's trash" to amuse themselves. The distraction was borne of recognition of a flight I took and mentioned here. Have a look at the last line.
At the end of his hour and a half presentation, David did what he regularly does on his book tours and invited those with further questions, comments or just wanting a book signed to join him in the lounge downstairs. I'd forgotten the book I'd brought and so went into the night with a smile and adding another item to my growing list of dreams come true.
Merry Christmas to me and to you David Sedaris!