Since it's obviously National Hangover Week and no one does hangovers better than New York artists, it's a rather slow week (again!) in readings and literary events. Next week looks like it's picking up a fair bit, though, and we're excited about several events, so tune in next Tuesday.

For you science fiction fans, tonight the New York Review of Science Fiction hosts its first reading of the year, at the South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery (213 Water Street near Beekman). Jeffrey Ford and Richard Bowes will read from their latest work, and the doors open at 6:30PM for the reading which will begin at 7PM. Suggested donation is $5.

For those of you with a slightly more political palate, John Perkins will reading from his tell-all, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, tomrrow night, January 4th, at 7PM. The former economic consultant is reading from his book at the Astor Place Barnes & Noble and the reading, unlike his U.S. policy advice, is free.

We've showered love upon Housing Works' Used Book Cafe before and it's time to mention it again: the cafe is hosting another one of its 30% off book sales this weekend (January 7th and 8th). The UBC is located at 126 Crosby Street, and is open from 12PM-9PM on Saturday and 12PM-7PM on Sunday.

2006_01_ARTS_AMERMAG.jpg"Next Monday night, January 9th, the Half King (505 W. 23rd St., just west of 10th Ave.) is hosting a reading from the The Best American Magazine Writing of 2005, which was compiled by ASME. Ian Parker from the New Yorker, James Wolcott and David Kamp from Vanity Fair, and Andrew Corsello frm GQ are all going to read their winning contributions. The event is free and starts at 7PM.

And although it happens next Tuesday and will thus get double-mention next week as well for those of you with short-term memory problems, it's worth pointing out that bloggerati Lindsay Robertson is bringing back her reading series, Ritalin Readings (at Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction at 8:30PM), on Tuesday the 10th. Check the link for the blogger-studded comedian lineup.