Writer and humorist Dave Barry to discuss new book at event

Author, columnist and humorist Dave Berry will make an appearance in the area to discuss his newest book.

Berry will participate in a WSHU Public Radio “Join the Conversation” author event on Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at the John Lyman Performing Arts Center in New Haven

The event will include a talk, audience question-and-answer session, and book signing. The Lyman Center is on the Southern Connecticut State University campus at 501 Crescent St., New Haven.

‘Beer is Much Faster’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer’s newest book is titled, “Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster).”

In the book, he explores the hometown of his youth, where the grownups were supposed to be uptight 1950s conformists but seemed to have a lot of non-Mad Men-like fun; unlike Dave’s own Baby Boomer generation, which was supposed to be wild and crazy, but somehow turned into neurotic helicopter parents.

Cable news, nerdiness, home repair

At WSHU’s event, he will delve into everything from the inanity of cable news and Google Glass (“You will look like a douche bag”), to the loneliness of high school nerds (“You will never hear a high-school girl say about a boy, in a dreamy voice, ‘He’s so sarcastic!’”) Barry will also take on the perils of home repair; give firsthand accounts of the soccer-crazed Brazil; and the just plain craziness of Vladimir Putin’s Russia (“He stares at the camera with the expression of a man who relaxes by strangling small furry animals”).

From 1983 to 2004, Barry wrote a weekly column for the Miami Herald, which won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1988. He lives in Coral Gables, Fla.

He has published numerous books, some of them collections of his most popular columns.

How to get tickets

Reservations for the March 4 event can be made at www.wshu.org. Tickets are $25, which includes one free copy of the hardcover book; admission is $5 for students at the door with valid ID (no book included). Additional books will be available for purchase and signing by the author at the event.

WSHU Public Radio Group is a nonprofit, member-supported station that brings public broadcasting to 264,000 listeners in Connecticut and Long Island.