2006_03_arts_grp.jpgIn case anyone forgot it was an election year and politics are on the brain, Housing Works' Used Book Cafe is hosting a reading of Proud to be Liberal!, an anthology that traces and defines the history and ideology behind liberalism. The reading features contributors from all walks of life, reading from the work, and starts tomorrow night (3/15) at 7PM. It's free.

On Thursday night (3/16), the art and literature world will find themselves with a strange, wonderful treat on their hands - the arrival of the Pumpkin Pie Show at P.S. 122, with performances running through March 26th. Celebrating its 10th year, The Pumpkin Pie show is a crazy, jubilant convergence of art and words and it seems like it sprung, fully-formed, from the mind of Clay McLeod Chapman. It's sure to be worth the somewhat steep $20 ($10 for members). Check the websites for showtimes and put this on your calendars. We promise it won't be dull.

On Saturday (3/18), for the young (or -at-heart) New Yorkers, Books of Wonder hosts a reading from some great young adult novelists - Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld, Markus Zusak, Sarah Durkee and Linzi Glass, from noon to 2PM. It's free.

And on Monday (3/20), for those of you differently-employed, New York literary darling Jonathan Safran Foer (not to be confused with the other Foers making their mark in New York media) will be reading at Barnes and Noble (33 E. 17th St.) at 11 AM, from his second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. As with all B&N readings and signings, it's free.