It seems like a growing trend for writers who are able to become famous in their careers...and why not? Musicians charge money to see them play a CD they want you to buy, so why should writers charge people to hear them read from a book they want you to buy? But here's the difference, and it's a big difference, if they charge big money then they should, at the very least, be good at performing.
In the case of Sedaris it was worth it; if nothing else I talked him before the reading for a good ten minutes, which was worth the price of ticket alone. But how many writers are like that?
Below is my incomplete list of writers I would pay $25 bucks to see:
1. Sarah Vowell
2. Dave Eggers
3. Thomas Pynchon
4. David Foster Wallace