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 YorkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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, 1.8: The Reader’s Room presents Grant Stoddard, reading from his Working Stiff: The Misadventures of an Accidental Sexpert, at Mo Pitkin’s. Highly recommended. 7:00pm, with a one drink minimum.
TUESDAY, 1.9: Novelist Galt Niederhoffer (who is also an accomplished filmmaker) reads from her debut, A Taxonomy of Barnacles, along with N.S. Koenings, author of The Blue Taxi, at Housing Works. 7:00pm, FREE.
THURSDAY, 1.11: Barnes & Noble presents the first edition of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Upstairs at the SquareÃ¢â‚¬Â of 2007 at the Union Square B&N. The series features host Katherine Lanpher in conversation with established and emerging authors and musicians, who will read and perform their work. Thursday eveningÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s guests are David Lynch and Au Revoir Simone [full disclosure, as always: I am the PR consultant for this project]. 7:00pm, FREE.
FRIDAY, 1.12: “Recently married writers Thomas Hopkins (One Story issue #74) & Emily Barton will be reading together for a special “Just Married” edition of the One Story Reading & Cocktail Hour…The drink special will be the Niagara Falls (2 parts Vodka, 2 parts Orange liquor, 1 part Lemon juice, 1/2 part Sugar syrup, Ginger ale) which will be sold for $3.00.” At Piano’s. 7:00pm, FREE.
SATURDAY, 1.13: Priska C. Juschka Fine Art presents Matereality, a solo exhibition of work by Tim Doud that draws “from three different series of paintings Ã¢â‚¬â€ The Lipstick Series, Prime Outlets and None of My Clothes. In essence, they all explore the notion of attire’s function as a cultural signifier, and the way clothing is utilized by individuals for the construction of their outer persona.” Through February 10.
SUNDAY, 1.14: Debuting this week: “good words @ Good World, a new reading series featuring a different theme every month…Reading #1 is all about FOOD, with three terrific writers: Patrick Martins, director of Heritage Foods USA, and co-author of The Slow Food Guide to New York City; Adam Roberts, The Amateur Gourmet, a contributor to Serious Eats, and author of the forthcoming book, Eat Like A Grownup; and Andrea Strong, food writer, restaurant critic, and co-author, with Katy Sparks, of Sparks In The Kitchen. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Gourmet, The Best Food Writing, 2003, and on her weekly blog, The Strong Buzz.” Highly recommended. 5:00pm, FREE. And, Said Sayrafiezadeh reads from his fiction for the literary website Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, as part of an evening at Mo Pitkin’s. 8:00pm, one drink minimum.