The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled by Lauren Cerand, that usually appears Mondays at 12:30pm 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 send details to lauren [at] maudnewton.com by the Thursday prior to publication, with the eventÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s date in the subject line.
MONDAY, 11.6: Shake it on over to The Strand, where “Brigid Hughes, editor of A Public Space, will moderate a discussion between Liz Goldwyn, author of Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens, and [the indefatigable] Lauren Redniss, author of Century Girl, on burlesque.” Highly recommended. 7:00pm, FREE.
TUESDAY, 11.7: Be bold.
WEDNESDAY, 11.8: Jami Attenberg’s Boxcar Reading Series presents the bright young things of tomorrow, today. This month, squeeze in for readings by Nick Antosca, Tyler Antrim, Ellis Avery and Bob Powers. Recommended. 8:00pm, FREE. And, the extremely stylish Dorothea Straus reads at the Mercantile Library along with Leah McCormack, Emily Raboteau, and Paul Segar in an evening presented by Fiction magazine. 6:30pm, FREE.
THURSDAY, 11.9: Katharine Weber reads from her justifiably lauded new novel, Triangle [which, full disclosure, as always, I’ve been pleased to publicize], at The Strand. Do stop by and join us if you’re in the neighborhood. 7:00pm, FREE.
FRIDAY, 11.10: Be bolder.
SATURDAY, 11.11: Americans in Paris, 1860 – 1900 “features some 100 oil paintings by 37 Americans whose accomplishments proclaim the truth of what Henry James observed in 1887: ‘It sounds like a paradox, but it is a very simple truth, that when to-day we look for “American art” we find it mainly in Paris. When we find it out of Paris, we at least find a great deal of Paris in it.'” You know who I’ll bet agrees? (It’s a rhetorical question.) At the Met. The museum is open until 9:00pm on Saturday nights (my favorite time to go). Pay the suggested $20 admission or be silently but mercilessly judged.
SUNDAY, 11.12: Louise Crawford’s Brooklyn Reading Works series at the Old Stone House presents Elissa Schappell, Darcey Steinke and Ilene Starger. Recommended. “The Old stone House is located in JJ Byrne Park on Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 4th Street in Park Slope. 8 p.m. $5.00 includes light refreshments. Books are sold at all readings.”