Humorist David Sedaris returns to Salt Lake City for a free reading at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sam Weller's Bookstore, 254 S. Main St. Sedaris will be reading from his new bestselling book "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary" (Little, Brown, $21.99).
The book features Sedaris' unique blend of hilarity and heart in a new collection of animal-themed tales. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.
In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck," three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty," a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk," a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.
Sedaris is one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. He is the author "Barrel Fever" and "Holidays on Ice," as well as collections of personal essays, "Naked," "Me Talk Pretty One Day," "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," and "When You Are Engulfed in Flames," each of which became a bestseller. Sedaris' pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in "The Best American Essays."