The Smart Set: Lauren Cerand’s weekly events

The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled by Lauren Cerand, that 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 by the Thursday prior to publication, with the event’s date in the subject line.

MONDAY, 6.12: At “The Reader’s Room” (upstairs at Mo Pitkin’s), Emilie Stewart and Leigh Newman present Lydia Millet (Oh Pure and Radiant Heart) and Bryan Charles (Grab On To Me Tightly As If I Knew The Way). Noted: “Lydia will be reading a new story, hot off the mental press.” I am so there! 7:00pm, No cover.

TUESDAY, 6.13: As part of a joint program — “Periodically Speaking: Literary Magazine Editors Introducing Emerging Writers” — between the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses [clmp] and The New York Public Library, Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch introduces fiction writer Benjamin Percy (The Language of Elk), Bellevue Literary Review (“a forum for illuminating humanity and human experience”) editor Frances Richey introduces poet Judy Katz, and Alimentum (The only literary review all about food”) editor Paulette Licitra introduces nonfiction writer Margaret MacInnis. The event takes place in the DeWitt Wallace Periodicals Room of the New York Public Library (Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street). 7:30pm, FREE.

WEDNESDAY, 6.14: “The editorial staff of the Yiddish Forward included, at one time or another, nearly every major luminary in the then-thriving world of Yiddish literature — from the beloved ‘poet of the sweatshops,’ Morris Rosenfeld, to the future Nobel laureates Isaac Bashevis Singer and Elie Wiesel. At the helm, guiding the paper for a full half-century until his death in 1950, was Abraham Cahan — a peerless newspaperman as well as a novelist. In celebration of this tradition, the Forward and the 14th Street Y have developed ‘Novel Jews,’ a monthly literary series held at the legendary KGB Bar in the East Village.” This Wednesday evening, Novel Jews presents contributors from Half/Life Jewish Tales from Interfaith Homes, “an anthology of personal stories, written by authors who have all shared the experience of being raised in a half-Jewish home,” edited by Laurel Snyder and published by Soft Skull Press. Snyder reads with contributers Jeff Sharlet (Killing the Buddha) and Katharine Weber (Triangle) [Full disclosure, as always: Katharine is a client of mine]. 7:30pm, FREE.

THURSDAY, 6.15: Jami Attenberg kicks off her Instant Love national tour with her only New York appearance for the summer, at Borders in Columbus Circle, followed by an afterparty at a nearby bar. Facts about Instant Love include: “Number of times women wear high heels in this book: Zero” [Full disclosure, as always: Jami is a client of mine]. 7:00pm, FREE.

FRIDAY, 6.16: On view at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, “Andrea Zittel’s ‘systems for living’ explore the friction between the prescriptive nature of externally enforced rules and the liberating potential of internally imposed parameters. Her current project, A–Z West, is a culmination of ten years of creating these experimental domestic and external structures. The community, sited in the desert environment of Joshua Tree, California, was conceived as a sustainable space within yet separate from our increasingly regulated culture. This exhibition presents several Wagon Stations—small mobile units customized by invited individuals—from the settlement. Transplanted to an urban landscape, they reveal at once the individuality of their creators and the simple clarity of the system as a whole. The exhibition runs concurrently with the New Museum’s mid-career retrospective of Zittel’s work.” Through Sunday.

SATURDAY, 6.17: Bowery Poetry Club hosts the New York launch party for Deviant Propulsion, with author CAConrad and friends and fellow poets Jen Benka (A Box of Longing with 50 Drawers), Shanna Compton (Down Spooky), and “dirty folk rock” from Jessy Delfino. Followed by a Happy Hour afterparty at local favorite, “288 Bar (aka Tom & Jerry’s at 288 Elizabeth Street).” 2:30pm, FREE.

SUNDAY, 6.18: What else to do but attend Murray Hill’s 6th Annual MISS LEZ Pageant, which “gives these gals the opportunity to wear sashes rather than Dickies and Trucker Hats for a change”? The star-studded panel of judges includes Michael Musto, Rose Troshe (Go Fish, The L Word), Le Tigre’s Johanna Fatemen, Linda Simpson (“glamorous drag-queen editor of the revolutionary gay magazine, My Comrade” — one of my faves), The Wau-Wau Sisters, and World Famous *BOB*. At the Knitting Factory. 8:00pm, $12 in advance or $15 at the door.


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