American Masters Lecture

American Masters Lecture is a special presentation of the Lackawanna County Library System’s Library Lecture Series. It is the result of collaboration between the Library System and a group of community-minded individuals who desire to nurture and preserve the tradition of bringing important speakers to our community. Through their hard work and generosity, grants and gifts were secured to make this evening’s special presentation possible.

Among those providing grants and gifts in support of the American Masters Lecture are:

Briggs Foundation
Frieder Foundation
Scranton Area Foundation
Willary Foundation
Oliver Price & Rhodes


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David Sedaris

David Sedaris is one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is a master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers. His most recent book, The Best of Me is a collection of 42 stories and essays. His new book, A Carnival of Snackery, will be published in October.

Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Calypso. Each of these books was an immediate bestseller.

His pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” In 2020 the New York Public Library voted Me Talk Pretty One Day one of the 125 most important books of the last 125 years.

Mr. Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen plays together. She was a speaker in the Library Lecture Series in 2014.

Thank you for your support of the Lackawanna County Library System’s Library Lecture Series

Since 1906, the Lackawanna County Library System has strived to bring exciting and informative speakers to our community via our Lecture Series.

The Lackawanna County Library System’s Library Lecture Series is the result of collaboration between the Library System and a group of community-minded individuals who desire to nurture and preserve the tradition of bringing important speakers to our community. Through your generosity and gifts we are able to make this event possible

Who We Have Enjoyed in the Past

David Sedaris - 2021
Colson Whitehead - 2019
Derek Thompson - 2017
Douglas Brinkley - 2016
James McPherson - 2015

Emmitt Smith - 2014
Sebastian Junger - 2013
Fran Lebowitz - 2012
Michio Kaku - 2011
Robert Ballard - 2010

Charlie Wilson - 2009
Michael Beschloss - 2008
David McCullough - 2006
Henry Winkler - 2005

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