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Book Notes, Nov. 4

Sedaris, birding and all the month's book events.

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Sedaris: Returns to Little Rock for the Arkansas Literary Festival.
  • Sedaris: Returns to Little Rock for the Arkansas Literary Festival.

After appearing in October 2009 to benefit the Arkansas Literary Festival, David Sedaris is coming back to Little Rock, this time as the closing speaker at the festival on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Pulaski Academy's Connor Performing Arts Center. Tickets, which range from $40-$50, go on sale on Dec. 1.

Heads up, birders. Half Acre Press recently published Joseph C. Neal's "The Birdside Baptist and Other Ornithological Mysteries" ($16, paperback). A collection of short nature essays and bird field trip reports by the Fayetteville biologist and co-author of "Arkansas Birds: Their Distribution and Abundance," the book is dedicated to subscribers to the Birds of Arkansas Discussion List, where the entries first appeared.

What's happening in November.

Unless indicated, event is a reading and/or book signing. To list your event in the calendar, contact Lindsey Millar at "Books," Arkansas Times, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203, or by phone, 375-2985; fax, 375-3623, or e-mail, lindsey@arktimes.com.

4 Pat Conroy ("My Reading Life"), 7 p.m., The Ritz Civic Center, Blytheville, $10. 4 Jerry "Boo" Mitchell ("Race Against Time"), 7:30 p.m., Administration Auditorium, Harding University, Searcy.

9 C.D. Wright ("One with Others"), 7:30 p.m., Room 107, College of Business, UCA, Conway.

10 C.D. Wright ("One with Others"), 10 a.m., Room 331, Winfred Thompson Hall, UCA, Conway.

10 Jerry "Boo" Mitchell ("Race Against Time"), 6 p.m., CS.

11 Condoleezza Rice ("Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family"), The Ritz Civic Center, Blytheville.

12-14 FOCAL book sale. Basement book sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. ML.

13 Centennial Celebration, 6:30 p.m., fifth floor, ML, $25 adv., $40 d.o.e.

15 Bill Bryson ("At Home: A Short History of Private Life"), 7 p.m., Walton Arts Center's Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville. $34-$48.

17 Brock Thompson ("The Un-Natural State: Arkansas and the Queer South"), 6 p.m., East Room, ML.

18 Brock Thompson ("The Un-Natural State: Arkansas and the Queer South"), 7 p.m., NB.

19 Marine Capt. Thomas Daly ("Rage Company"), 12 p.m., CS.

20 Sissy Goff and Melissa Trevathan ("Modern Parents, Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today's Kids"), 3 p.m., WW.

20 Brock Thompson ("The Un-Natural State: Arkansas and the Queer South"), 2 p.m., Faulkner County Library.

20 Joseph C. Neal ("The Birdside Baptist"), 7 p.m., NB.

22 Mark and Matt Jacob ("What the Great Ate"), 12 p.m., CS.

30 Adam Richman ("America the Edible: Why We Eat, What We Eat, Where We Eat"), 6 p.m. CS.

Bookstores and libraries: CS: Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall, 1200 President Clinton Ave., 683-5200. ML: Main Library, 100 Rock St., 918-3000

NB: Nightbird Books, 205 W. Dickson, Fayetteville, 479-443-2080. RMBG: River Market Books and Gifts, Cox Creative Center, 120 Commerce St., 918-3093 TBIB: That Bookstore in Blytheville, 316 W. Main St., Blytheville, 870-763-3333

WW: WordsWorth Books & Co., 5920 R St., 663-9198

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