Ira Glass, host of the long-running NPR series “This American Life,” speaks at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in conversation with novelist/speaker/accordionist Daniel Handler, who is known in some circles as Lemony Snicket, author of books for younger readers.
Glass was named Best Radio Host in America by Time magazine in 2001, and “This American Life” continues to be popular, carried on about 500 NPR affiliates and reaching some 1.7 million people weekly.
Glass’ quirky, unassuming persona translates to the stage — his 2010 show at the Mondavi Center sold out the house, and he also has drawn capacity audiences elsewhere across the country.
Glass is known for finding compelling stories to relate, springing from ironic and unusual situations, some of which might be regarded as unlikely topics on other radio programs.
Tickets are $35-$58 general, $17.50-$29 for students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.