Margarett Root Brown Houston Reading Series, featuring Alice Adams and Cynthia Macdonald Decorated short-story writer Adams reads from her recent novel Medicine Men; Adams is joined by Macdonald, the founder of the University of Houston's creative-writing program, who'll share selections from her new collection of poetry, I Can't Remember. 8 p.m. The Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet, 639-7300. More info: 743-3013. $5; free for students and seniors.
Egret Awards Dinner, featuring Peter Matthiessen Author Matthiessen (The Snow Leopard, The Cloud Forest, The Tree Where Man Was Born) is a pioneering nature/travel writer and one of the founders of the modern environmental movement. He makes a rare local appearance to stump for endangered avians as part of this Houston Audubon Society-sponsored event, which features a theme of "Cranes Around the World." George Archibald of the International Crane Foundation is also expected to attend, and awards will be presented to the Texas Birds Records Committee, Dow Chemical and the Houston Chronicle's Doug Pike, among others. 7:30 p.m.; a reception precedes. The JW Marriott, 5150 Westheimer, 961-1500. More info: 932-1639. $65.