With Thanksgiving just moments away, literary events in New York have gone into standby mode. Nonetheless, there are few things happening this week and a few things to keep your eyes on for next week. And, as a little gift to you from the city, it's all free! Happy Thanksgiving.

Over Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday, if shopping isn't exactly your thing, tune into KCRW online to hear "Mean Streets USA: A Collection of Short Crime Fiction". Airing on Thursday, November 24 from 4 to 7 PM (EST) and Friday, November 25 from 3 to 8 PM (EST), it's an 8-hour series, recorded and produced at KCRW, and features detective stories by contemporary and classic mystery writers, including Elmore Leonard, Walter Mosley, Sue Grafton and Michael Connelly.

2005_11_arts_popupbook.jpgOn Saturday, November 26, head down to the enchanting Books of Wonder (at 18 W. 18th street) for a presentation by the children's book illustrator Robert Sabuda from his newest beautiful pop-up book, Winter's Tale. Take the visiting family offspring - both the illustrator and the bookstore itself are sure to amaze.

Next week really picks up the ball on literary events around the city, with a plethora of things to choose from. On Tuesday, November 29th, there's Simon Winchester, popular (or just pop) historian, reading from his latest book, A Crack in the Edge of the World, about the 1906 California earthquake. That's at 7 PM at 192 Books, 192 10th Ave., at 21st St.

Also on Tuesday, Gothamist contributor and erotica writer (as well as Village Voice Lusty Lady columnist) Rachel Kramer Bussel and Beth Lisick will be reading at Mo Pitkins (34 Ave. A, between 2nd and 3d Sts.) at 7 PM, also free. Their reading is part of the awesome Grace Reading Series hosted by Elizabeth Merrick.

And lastly, on Tuesday the 29th at 8 PM, the legendary Robert Coover will be
reading from his book of stories, A Child Again, at Columbia University's Dodge Hall (W. 116th St. and Broadway). Free!

Over at KGB on Wednesday, November 30 at 7 PM, Open City is hosting its free monthly reading with writers Christopher Sorrentino (nominated for a National Book Award), Ben Turner, and Shannon Welch.

And of course, if you're looking for something to do and none of this rocks your world, there's always curling up on the couch with a good book and a leftover turkey sandwich! That's what we'll be doing.