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Friday, April 06, 2007

Humorist David Rakoff

Enjoy “An Evening With David Rakoff” at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center, located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue in McLean, VA. Tickets to this free event will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7 p.m.; limit four per person. For directions, call 703-790-0123. Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Barnes & Noble – Tysons Corner. The event is cosponsored by the Fairfax County Public Library Foundation, Inc., and the Alden Theatre.

Rakoff, a contributor to Public Radio International’s "This American Life" is known for his edgy and humorous insights into contemporary American life. He is the author of two books of essays, Fraud and Don’t Get Too Comfortable, in which he reports on his investigation of elf populations in Iceland, his impersonation of Sigmund Freud in a Manhattan department store window display, and his two-day guest part on a popular soap opera. He also writes for The New York Times Magazine, Outside, GQ and other publications.

Rakoff has worked with David and Amy Sedaris, directing and acting in their plays. He can also be seen in the films “Strangers With Candy” and “Capote.” Listen to a 10-minute podcast interview with Rakoff at the library’s Web site.

The library’s Perspectives series continues May 8 with Julian Bond, chair of the NAACP.

If you have suggestions for speakers in next year’s Perspectives series, let us know.

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