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Humorist Dave Barry comes to UAlbany

Dave BarryGet ready to hear the latest on the international economy, the future of democracy, the social infrastructure and exploding toilets from Dave Barry, one of America's most popular humor columnists. The New York State Writers Institute is hosting Barry at UAlbany on Tuesday, May 4 at 8 p.m. in Page Hall (135 Western Avenue).

A Pulitzer Prize-winner, Barry earned renown for his satirical observations on daily life in middle-class America. Based at the Miami Herald, his column has been syndicated in more than 150 newspapers nationwide since 1986. His outrageous observations about work, parenting, home ownership, recreation, consumer fads, and other aspects of day-to-day American life earned him The New York Timesí label "the funniest man in America."

Barry has also published over 20 books including the best-sellers Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States (1989) and Dave Barry Turns Forty (1990). His most recent humor collection is Boogers Are My Beat: More Lies But Some Actual Journalism (2003). The book deals with such subjects as presidential elections, cheating by athletes, outwitting "smart" kitchen appliances, Humvees, and the stupidity of Floridians. The book also features two serious meditations on the tragedies of 9/11.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information see the Visiting Writers Series.

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