The Smart Set: Lauren Cerand’s weekly events

The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled and written 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, with the date of the event in the subject line.

Guidelines for submitting your event: Please put the date of the event in the subject line of your email (this is essential!). Include a url, if applicable, with concise and relevant details, including cost – if your event is free, please say so. Bios of readers/speakers are highly recommended, but please don’t send me full press releases or attachments. Merci.

MONDAY, 10.10: New Orleans resident (and current evacuee) and author Tom Piazza reads from his debut novel, My Cold War, at Columbia University, in Room 413 of Dodge Hall. 7:30pm, free. And, Bookforum assembles a star-studded “Night for New Orleans,” at Cooper Union’s Great Hall, with proceeds going to the Acadiana Arts Council. 7:00pm, $35.

TUESDAY, 10.11: Midtowners, stave off the depravity of another soulless midday meal! Bring something good to eat and rejoice a little as poets Kazim Ali, Sophie Cabot Black, Sina Queyras read from their outdoors at the Bryant Park Reading Room. 12:30pm, free. Highly recommended.

WEDNESDAY, 10.12: Amanda Stern’s excellent Happy Ending reading series presents authors Benjamin Kunkel, Marcy Dermansky, and Owen King and musical guest Jonathan Spottiswoode. And since Marcy’s a client of mine, I already know what she’s planning for her “public risk” — it’s an activity featured in her novel, which includes, as the Village Voice notes, “…pill habits, self-injury, bulimia, a penchant for juggling…” but is even better than all of those things. 8:00pm, no cover.

THURSDAY, 10.13: High school dropout and winner of many esteemed awards Han Ong reads from his latest novel, The Disinherited, at the Columbia University bookstore (2920 Broadway, Lerner Hall) 7:00pm, free.

FRIDAY, 10.14: Devon Sproule, whose Upstate Songs has been on heavy rotation since it fell from heaven and straight into my open arms, plays at Pete’s Candy Store. 10:00pm, no cover.

SATURDAY, 10.15 “PLAY: a photographic exploration”, curated by Alicia McDole and Yasha Wallin and presented by Jen Bekman, opens at the gallery’s satellite space above Fanelli in SoHo (94 Mercer Street, Buzzer #2) [full disclosure, as always: I’m working with Jen Bekman to promote this show and other special projects at the gallery]. 7:00-10:00pm, free.

SUNDAY, 10.16: Two of my absolute favorite people and one I’ve never met read from their work as part of the Barbes Reading Series. Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld and Bennett Madison take the stage at 6:00pm, no cover.


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