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, 7.17: As part of the “Scribblers on the Roof” series, and with favorite Shalom Auslander (Beware of God), Katharine Weber reads from her acclaimed new novel, Triangle, which Entertainment Weekly deemed a “crackerjack historical mystery, [that] may be the most effective 9/11 novel yet written — and it isn’t even about 9/11.” 8:00pm, FREE [Full disclosure, as always: I’m delighted to be working with Katharine to publicize Triangle]. In Brooklyn, the Progressive Reading Series presents an evening with Tom Bissell (God Lives In St. Petersburg), Lydia Davis (Samuel Johnson is Indignant), Paula Fox (Desperate Characters), Lynne Tillman (American Genius), Edward Schwarzschild (Responsible Men) and Mary Gaitskill (Veronica), at Galapagos Art Space and for a good cause. 8:00pm, $10-20 sliding scale.

TUESDAY, 7.18: Says the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, “Have you ever …Lived with 47 roommates in a studio apartment? Been sexually harrassed during your internship? Thought you were smarter than your boss? Gone on the date from hell? Stolen a chandelier from an open house at a loft you could never afford? Then, we want to hear about it.” Before you plead no contest, consider your invitation to participate in the New York Minutes Storytelling Contest for a shot at $100, one year free membership to the workshop and everlasting fame, on the internet, I’m sure. 7:30pm, $5.

WEDNESDAY, 7.19: Barnes & Noble presents the second event (of three) in its summer series, “Upstairs at the Square,” held at the Union Square Barnes & Noble. The series features journalist Katherine Lanpher in conversation with established and emerging authors and musicians, who will read and perform their work. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wednesday evening’s guests are Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, and singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche, whose new album, Duper Sessions, was released this spring [full disclosure, as always: I am the PR consultant for this project]. 7:00pm, FREE.

THURSDAY, 7.20: At Eyebeam, “Join Artist in Residence Vahida Ramujkic at a reception for the launch of her book ‘Schengen with ease‘ outlining the Assimil method, a systematic study of all the bureaucratic steps a ‘non-EU’ citizen might face while trying to obtain EU status, that would permit him to enjoy freedom of movement and the possibility of legal work.” 6 – 8pm, FREE.

FRIDAY, 7.21: “In 2004, Zaha Hadid was the first woman to receive architecture’s most prestigious award, the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Today, using London as the base for her firm, her vision is being transformed into suggestive buildings all over the world.” Odd then that her first project in the United States, one that the New York Times called “the most important American building to be completed since the end of the cold war,” is in… Cincinnati. New Yorkers can get a local fix via the Guggenheim’s current exhibition on Hadid’s work. Friday evenings at the museum are “Pay What You Wish” from 5:45 – 7:45pm.

SATURDAY, 7.22: “Step back in time to explore the Hudson River waterfront as it existed in the 1970s and 1980s, when artist Shelley Seccombe leads you on a gallery talk through her photography exhibition, The Lost Waterfront at South Street Seaport Museum. Then journey by water taxi to Hudson River Park, where she will explore the transformation of the waterfront to its present day appearance on a guided walking tour. Included in the cost of South Street Seaport Museum admission ($8).” 5 – 8pm, reservations essential (call 212-748-8786).

SUNDAY, 7.23: The vaguely insane-sounding (in a good way) cult indie film Mad Cowgirl screens at Pioneer Theater. 9pm, $9.


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