The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled and posted by Lauren Cerand, that usually appears Mondays at 12:30 pm and highlights the best of the week to come. Special favor is given to New Yorkâ€™s independent booksellers and venues, and low-cost and free events. Please send details to Ms. Cerand at lauren [at] maudnewton.com by the Thursday prior to publication. Due to the volume of submissions, events cannot be considered unless the date appears in the subject line of your message.
The “Snake Eyes” Edition
At present, with one shoe and a sweater half-on, I am: late to a private preview of an exhibition at the French Embassy, trying to cosmically order “no traffic in New York today” so I can get back downtown for a lunch appt., plus send out press releases, go to the P.O., pack to leave for the Virginia Festival of the Book this weekend, and well, can you blame me if the only event that I am excited about this week is my own? Baby needs a stiff drink, she does…
TUESDAY MARCH 25, 8PM, FREE: Please join us at Rapture Cafe (200 Avenue A between 12th and 13th Streets) for an evening with former BUST columnist Janice Erlbaum, whose new book, HAVE YOU FOUND HER, is a psychologically captivating follow-up to GIRLBOMB: A HALFWAY HOMELESS MEMOIR, deemed “both tragic and uplifting” by Elle and named one of the New York Public Library’s 25 Books to Remember, and Ed Hamilton, author of LEGENDS OF THE CHELSEA HOTEL: LIVING WITH THE ARTISTS AND OUTLAWS OF NEW YORK’S REBEL MECCA, praised by The New York Times Book Review for its “evocation of all the young and old hopefuls who have just enough ambition to push their lives past the point of no return.” Before and after the reading, DJ Maxx Klaxon (Splice, Popular Front Records) spins sublime electro, subversive pop, and subterranean rock.