David Sedaris's forthcoming book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, is a collection of tales in which turtles, toads, kittens and more are given personal lives so the best-selling, award-winning humorist can expose their shortcomings. (That's an honor usually reserved for his friends and family.) In one tale, a chipmunk begins to doubt her love for a squirrel when she realizes they have nothing in common. He likes something called jazz. She tells him she likes it too, but then becomes suspicious. She thinks, "What if jazz was Squirrel's slang for something terrible like anal intercourse[?]" Even when disguising them in sheep's clothing, Sedaris is able to portray human nature's foibles in ways that allow us to laugh, forgive and learn from them. Hear how he does this with critters and humans alike when he reads for the Society for the Performing Arts today at 8 p.m. Jones Hall, 615, Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit www.spahouston.org. $22 to $57.
Wed., April 28, 8 p.m., 2010