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Humorist and Best-Selling Author, Dave Barry to Speak

Posted Mar. 8, 2012

Humor columnist and best-selling author, Dave Barrywill be the featured speaker at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on April 10. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, with lobby doors opening at 6:30 p.m.  Sponsored by the Voices of Distinction Series, Barry will speak on "The Wit and Wisdom of Dave Barry."

The presentation is free and open to the public, however tickets are required and will be available beginning April 3 at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are limited to four per person and must be picked up in person. They will not be available online. 


"This is Dave Barry's second Voices of Distinction appearance at Kent State Tuscarawas," said Pam Patacca, public relations coordinator. "He spoke in April 2005 to a full house.  His presentation was so funny and entertaining, we knew we had to bring him back to campus to speak again."

For 25 years, Barry was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. He was a columnist for the Miami Herald from 1983 to January 2005. In 1988, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. 

Barry has also written more than 30 books. The two most recently released are Lunatics, co-written with Alan Zweibel, and a children's book, The Bridge to Never Land, co-written with Ridley Pearson. Among his best-selling books are Dave Barry Talks Back, Dave Barry is from Mars and Venus and Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway. Two of his books, Dave Barry Turns 40 and Dave Barry's Greatest Hits, were used as the basis for the CBS television sitcom "Dave's World," in which Harry Anderson played the role of Barry. He has made many TV appearances, including one on the "Late Show with David Letterman."

In addition to writing, Barry plays lead guitar in a literary rock band, the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom. 

Born and raised in Armonk, NY, Barry now lives in Miami, Fla., with his wife, Michelle, a sportswriter.  He has two children.

Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. NE, New Philadelphia.


Media Contact:
Pam Patacca, 330.308.7473,
Kent State University at Tuscarawas
March 8, 2012