Sarah Bird, author of chick-lit classics Virgin of the Rodeo, The Boyfriend School, Alamo House and The Flamenco Academy, is getting all, like, symbolic or something with her new novel, How Perfect Is That. Marketed as an old-fashioned morality tale, it traces the fall of Blythe Young, an Austin wannabe socialite, from high-society back to the grimy flophouse she lived in during college. To make amends and save her friendship with the one friend who has been her moral compass, she has to lure her high-class friends to move into her fleabag tenement and live among the dreadlocked, the pierced and the vegetarian. Her bankruptcy, public humiliation and substance abuse are the consequences of poor judgment and moral choices, which, like, TOTALLY parallels the country. Bird will sign and discuss her new novel at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Borders, 10720 Preston Road in Dallas. Call 214-363-1977.
Wed., June 18, 7 p.m., 2008