Palm Springs Speaks Speaker Series Features Talk by Author Dave Barry

Pulitzer Prize-Winning and New York Times Bestselling Author to Discuss His Latest Book, “Swamp Stories” 

Palm Springs, CA (March 2023): The Friends of the Palm Springs Library announce that the next Palm Springs Speaks speaker for season four will feature an appearance by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, bestselling author, and humorist Dave Barry. The talk, sponsored by his publisher Simon & Schuster, will take place at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot Theatre) located at 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at 7:30 PM. A VIP Reception, which begins at 6 PM, will enable a limited number of attendees to have an exclusive photo opportunity with Barry on the stage and receive a copy of his “Swamp Stories” book. The VIP cocktail reception will be catered by LULU California Bistro. The talk is expected to run for an hour and will be followed by a short Q&A session. Barry will sign copies of the book after the talk. Tickets are $35 rear reserved (ADA spaces available), $50 general admission, $75 premium reserved, and $125 VIP (includes a copy of his book and the cocktail reception and photo opportunity with Barry). More information about the speaker series may be found at

“Swamp Stories” is a humorous account of a broke and desperate Florida housewife who stumbles across a long-lost treasure but must elude a gang of evil men to keep it. It is a rollicking caper full of oddballs and more twists and turns than a snake slithering away from a gator. 

“We are delighted to add the much-beloved humorist Dave Barry to our roster of important speakers,” said Jeannie Kays, Director of Library Services. “Barry’s new novel comes out May 2, so this talk will be an opportunity for people to hear him speak about his first new novel in a decade. Our presenting sponsor, The Friends of Palm Springs Public Library, enables us to bring a truly dynamic line up of thought-provoking speakers to the Coachella Valley. We thank our additional sponsors The City of Palm Springs, LULU American Bistro, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, Palm Springs Unified School District Foundation, The Palm Springs Cultural Center and Rivera Design for their ongoing support.” 

About Dave Barry 

Dave Barry is an author and humorist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his syndicated column, which ran in more than 500 newspapers and was the inspiration for the television show “Dave’s World.” He has also written dozens of bestselling books, most recently Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog. His new novel, Swamp Story, will be published by Simon and Schuster in May of 2023. Along with Ridley Pearson, Barry wrote the bestselling Starcatchers series of young-adult novels, one of which was adapted as the Tony-award winning Broadway play Peter and the Starcatcher

About The Friends of the Palm Springs Library 

The mission of The Friends of the Palm Springs Library is to support the Library in providing world-class service to the community through the purchase of books, movies, music, the visual arts, furnishings & electronic equipment and by advocating for funding, gifts and memorials. The Friends of the Palm Springs Library, Inc., acts as the link between the Library, the community and its elected officials. It supports programs that encourage reading, culture, and the arts as well as volunteer-based activities to support the greater community. 

About Palm Springs Speaks 

Palm Springs Speaks is a speaker series presented in the west end of the Coachella Valley started in 2017 initially by the Palm Springs Cultural Center and the Friends of the Palm Springs Public Library but has evolved with the Friends as sole presenting sponsor. This speaker series was developed to bring noted speakers representing many walks of life to the Coachella Valley. Proceeds go to support the Palm Springs Public Library. 

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