DAVID SEDARIS7 p.m., Connor Performing Arts Center. $40-$50.
Half a hundred to watch someone read? Calm down, cheapskates. It's a benefit, for a cause literate folks the statewide should embrace — the Arkansas Literary Festival. But goading largesse is not really what the To-Do List is about. Rather, consider this reading because David Sedaris is not just a sharp writer, he's a brilliant reader. It's a skill he's honed well before book tours were his way of life. Ira Glass discovered him reading his diary in a Chicago club and put him on the air, first on a local Chicago station and then on NPR's “Morning Edition.” His NPR radio pieces netted him his book deal (as well as an offer to join “Seinfeld's” writing team and start a comedy newsmagazine with Michael Moore). Even as he's become a blockbuster author, he's continued to do high profile readings — he might be the only writer to regularly do readings on Letterman. In Q&As that often follow, he's said to have improvisational skill to match his actress/comedian sister. Laughs guaranteed.