David Sedaris, Armistead Maupin & Humans of NY Come to Benaroya

With words and photographs these three artists share personal stories that have sparked laughter and motivated changE. Northwest Associated Arts (NWAA), KNKX (88.5 FM) and The Stranger present all three events at beautiful Benaroya Hall. Tickets prices vary and are available through the Benaroya Hall Box Office, at 206.215.4747 or online at www.benaroyahall.org.Phone interviews are available upon request. Both the Armistead Maupin and Brandon Stanton events offer a VIP option that includes prime seating and a private reception.

A Conversation with Armistead Maupin Monday, October 18 - 7:30pm; Tickets $39-$75

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall


To celebrate the October publication of his memoir, Logical Family, Armistead Maupin will sit down with Seattle Review of Books founder Paul Constant for an insightful and entertaining conversation that will touch upon all his works including the celebrated Tales of the City series. With a heartfelt introduction from longtime friend Dennis Coleman (former artistic director for the Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus) the audience will get a first-hand glimpse into the groundbreaking life and work of this legendary writer and activist.

Humans of New York: Brandon Stanton Sunday, October 22 - 7:30pm; Tickets $27-$75

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium


Humans of New York (HONY) is a photoblog and book that features street portraits and interviews collected on the streets of New York City. Started in November 2010 by photographer Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York has developed a large following through social media (18 million followers on Facebook[1] and around 6.2 million followers on Instagram as of November 2016). The book spent more than nine months on The New York Times Best Seller list. In this multi-media presentation Brandon Stanton candidly shares his own personal story, and the perspective he has gained since embarking on his journey to help others tell theirs. This evening will give the audience a renewed appreciation for the power of one person and one idea to inspire millions, and encouragement to be a force for good and contribute something meaningful to the world.

An Evening with David Sedaris Sunday, November 19 - 7:30 pm; Tickets $50-$59

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium


Seattle audiences were fortunate to have been chosen for the final workshops of David Sedaris' newest book Theft by Finding in January 2016. In its review of the book, The New York Times says, "It's helpful to see that a voice as original, hilarious and sometimes as infuriating as his was put through the same Struggle and Starve meat grinder that most of us go through." Following its publication in May, Theft by Finding rose to the top of the NY Times bestseller list, and now David returns to Seattle for a reading and signing. Slashing through cultural euphemisms and political correctness, he will delight the audience with twists of humor and intelligence as he shares both published stories and works-in-progress.

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About Armistead Maupin

Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Armistead Maupin's iconic Tales of the City series has since blazed its own trail through popular culture - from a sequence of globally best-selling novels, to a Peabody Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney, to an ambitious new musical that had its world premiere at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater in 2011. The series now encompasses eight hugely popular novels. His new memoir titled Logical Family, which grew out of his critically acclaimed one-man show of the same name, will be published on October 3, 2017. Maupin's 1992 novel, Maybe the Moon, which followed the serio-comic adventures of a dwarf actress working in Hollywood, was named one of the ten best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly. The Night Listener (2000), a psychological suspense novel inspired by an eerie episode in Maupin's own life, became a 2006 feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. In 2012 he was awarded Lambda's Pioneer Award which is bestowed on individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing. In 2014 he received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the Visionary Award from the Outfest Legacy Awards. Maupin is the subject of a new documentary titled Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. He lives with his husband, photographer Christopher Turner.

About Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton, photographer and creator of the popular blog Humans of New York, shares his journey of personal growth and discovery, and uncovers the stories behind the stories it features, powerfully illustrating the value of sharing your experiences. As the founder of the street portrait blog, Humans of New York, Brandon has emerged as a worldwide Internet phenomenon and one of today's most influential storytellers. With millions of social media followers, his individual story, like those on HONY, illustrates the power of the Internet, the value of storytelling, and our desire to remain connected with real people in a tech-driven world. Brandon's gift for storytelling has since spawned two best-selling books, Humans of New York, which spent 45 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list, and Humans of New York: Stories, released in 2015.

About David Sedaris

David Sedaris is the author of the books Theft by Finding, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's This American Life. He lives in England.

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