The Smart Set is a weekly column, edited by Lauren Cerand, that appears Mondays and highlights the best of the week to come. Special favor is given to New York’s independent booksellers and venues, and low-cost and free events. Please submit details to firstname.lastname@example.org by the Thursday before publication for consideration.
10.25: The Art Deco Society of New York hosts an illustrated lecture and reception exploring the explosive popularity of Art Deco and Modernism in Tokyo that blossomed during the 1923 post-earthquake reconstruction efforts. 6:30pm, $15.
10.26: Cave Canem, an organization “committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African American poetry,” hosts a Legacy Conversation and Reading, featuring Lorenzo Thomas with Harryette Mullen. 7:00pm, $5.
10.27: Granta celebrates its 25th anniversary with a reading and discussion at Symphony Space. I really like Granta, although I should admit that my opinion is based on the fact that I own exactly one issue, the one devoted to “Ambition,” that I picked up at an artist’s loft sale. I read it all the time, though, especially the stories by Doris Lessing and Paul Auster. There are none from that one on the list for Wednesday’s reading, but you should go just the same. 6:30pm, $25. And, of course, don’t ever forget how to kick people. 8:00pm, $7.
10.28: H.G. Carillo, author of Loosing My Espanish, and Ernesto Mestre-Reed, author of The Second Death of Unica Aveyano, read as part of the Latino Authors Series at the Brooklyn Public Library. 7:00pm, FREE.
10.29: Contributors to the anthology, That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, read at Labyrinth Books. “That’s Revolting! is both blueprint and call to action, bringing the post-identity politic of a new generation of queer visionaries to a wider audience. The anthology consists of personal histories, rants, interviews, conversations, activist struggles, practical advice and, of course…glamour.” 7:00pm, FREE.
10.30: St. Hanna: The Patron Saint of the Pumpkin Pie Show, consists of “stories written by Clay McLeod Chapman, performed by Hanna Cheek, music written and performed by Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp of One Ring Zero.” Clay McLeod Chapman is a fabulous storyteller and he keeps himself in good company with this talented ensemble and a performance perfectly suited for All Hallow’s Eve. 10:30, $12.
10.31: At the New York Historical Society, the Children’s Book Club convenes on Sunday to elect Duck For President. Beg, borrow, or steal a tiny, self-absorbed companion so that you can make your own campaign buttons after the reading. Noted: “Bring in a photo or picture of your choice for President.” I think I’m going to crash this one. 11:00am, $5; reservations required.