It's not quite the lusty month of May yet, but spring fever is already gripping the denizens of the city. So for your monthly dose of sexy scribes, head down to Happy Ending Lounge (302 Broome St.) for the monthly In The Flesh Erotic Reading Series. This month's theme is True Confessions, featuring comedian Dan Allen, blogger and novelist Jessica Cutler (The Washingtonienne), Columbia Spectator sex columnist Miriam Datskovsky, among others, and hosted by the fabulous Rachel Kramer Bussel. It starts at 8PM and is free.

2006_04_arts_books.jpgOn the slightly more sedate side, there are a couple of noteworthy readings on Thursday night (4/20). Head over to the East Village, to Cafecito, (185 Avenue C between 11th and 12th Sts.) for a reading with Peter Pavia and his latest non-fiction, The Cuba Project: Castro, Kennedy, and the FBI's Tamale Squad. That starts at 6:30. And over in the West Village at Three Lives & Co (W. 10th St. and Waverly), David Mitchell will be reading from his latest, Black Swan Green (expect our review of it, too, next Sunday). Mitchell's reading starts at 7PM.

On Friday night (4/21), NYU's Washington Square Review will be hosting its Annual Spring Benefit, celebrating the release of Summer 2006 and the winners/finalists of the 2005-2006 Poetry and Fiction Competitions. The event starts at 7PM, at the Glucksman Ireland House in Washington Mews (5th Ave. between 8th St. and Washington Square N.), with readings by John Cleary (fiction finalist), Courtney Zoffness (fiction finalist), Michele Walker (poetry winner), and Sharon Dolin (whose poetry is featured in the magazine). There's a reception after the readings and panels.

And on Monday night (4/24) at the Half King (10th Ave. and W. 23rd St.), Justine Hardy (author of The Wonder House) will be reading at 7PM. We can't stop raving about how awesome the Half King is, so if you're wondering why it's so great, here's a tip: it's co-owned by Sebastian Junger (whose new book, A Death in Belmont, is making waves), documentary maker Nanette Burstein (co-director of the inspired Robert Evans biopic, The Kid Stays in the Picture) and novelist and war correspondent Scott Anderson. Trust us when we say the wonderful feel of the place - and its great revolving roster of readings - is almost as awesome as its mac'n'cheese.