2006_01_art_survivingeggers.jpgThis week's literary events kick off tonight (1/24) at Housing Works Used Books Cafe (126 Crosby St.), with a reading from Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonorated, edited by Dave Eggers and Lola Vollen. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and a signing, starts at 7PM, and is free.

Then tomorrow night (1/25) on the Lower East Side, don't miss the First Fiction Reading Series at Bluestockings (172 Allen between Stanton and Rivington) at 7PM. This week's guests in the series are writers Bill Gordon (Mary After All) and Ronna Wineberg (Second Language), both first works for the authors. The reading starts at 7PM and is also free.

In case you were finding your life to be a little short on Julian Barnes (we can't get enough of him), this is the week for you. Barnes is out and about this week, promoting his new book, Arthur and George (look for a Sunday review in the next two weeks), and there are two events you might want to mark down. On Thursday night (1/26), Barnes will be participating in BAM's excellent Eat, Drink, & be Literary reading series (30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland and St. Felix, in Brooklyn). Sadly, it'll cost you - the event is $42 and includes dinner, wine, tax and tip. Today is the last day to buy a ticket on the web, so get on that!

If you need a little more notice but still want to see Barnes, he's teaming up with Jay McInerney (and his new book, The Good Life) at the 92nd St. Y (Lexington and E. 92nd St.) next Monday night (1/30). The reading starts at 8PM and costs $17, but we bet between those two, it'll be worth every penny.