David Sedaris wanted to call his latest book Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. But his editor, in a moment of brilliance, refused to have the word "diabetes" anywhere near the title. They settled on Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of 15 fables that would make Aesop blush.

Is that little anecdote fact? Fiction? Who cares! Much like Sedaris’s "autobiographical" essays, the point is that the story is hilarious—the kind of wit that makes funnyman Jon Stewart jealous. "I am angry with you, and your ability to write hilarious books quickly," Stewart says in the Daily Show clip below. (Hold out for the snail joke at the end.) The author of two novels and four collections of essays is now touring behind his latest New York Times best-seller, and we’re in luck: He’s coming back to Seattle on May 1 for another sure-to-sell-out reading.

So Sedaristas, take note: Tickets ($38-$47) for his Benaroya Hall show go on sale December 1 at 10am at benaroyahall.org, by calling the box office 206-215-4747 or by going there in person (Third and Union, downtown Seattle). Good time to buy a holiday gift, don’t you think? (Hint hint Mom.)

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