The Smart Set: Lauren Cerand’s weekly events

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 York’s independent booksellers and venues, and low-cost and free events. Please send details to Ms. Cerand at lauren [at] 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.

MON, NOV 10: Monday evening, join us for a glass of wine and The New Indie Novel Night, featuring Lawrence Shainberg (Crust, Two Dollar Radio, October) and Anne Landsman (The Rowing Lesson, Soho Press, November) at Book Culture [Full disclosure, as always: I put this event together and Shainberg and Landsman are my publicity clients]. 7PM, FREE.

TUE, NOV 11:Adult Education welcomes a panel of presenters to speak on the theme of “Lies and Liars.” The line-up will include: D.E. Rasso, Lee Israel, Jill Stoddard, and Jim Hanas. All hosted by comedian Charles Star.” 8PM, $5.

WED, NOV 12: Nathaniel Bellows, who I met at not one but two rooftop masquerade parties at the Hotel Chelsea last week, reads his poems at Mixer. I expect to be highly entertained once again. 7PM, FREE. Also appealing: Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending, Littoral with John Reed and Michael Kimball.

THU, NOV 13: The iconic Paul Simon appears “One on One Live” with host Katherine Lanpher at the Union Square Barnes & Noble [Full disclosure, as always: I am the publicist for this event]. 7PM, FREE. And, Idlewild Books hosts a little party for Istanbul Noir,which sounds hot. 7PM, FREE.

FRI, NOV 14: At Village East, the New York premiere of War Child, “an award-winning documentary directed by C. Karim Chrobog, chronicles the tumultuous, shocking, inspiring, and ultimately hopeful odyssey of Emmanuel Jal. A former child soldier of Sudan’s brutal civil war, he is now an emerging international hip hop star sharing a message of peace for his war-torn land and his beloved Africa. In many ways, Jal’s life story mirrors his homeland: tragedy and terror mingling with hope and restoration.” Through November 20.

SAT, NOV 15: Counting the minutes ’til I can check out William Eggleston: Democratic Camera at The Whitney. Until then, I will console myself with his hilarious cameo in Cat Power’s video for “Lived in Bars.”

SUN, NOV 16: Lawrence Shainberg, author of Crust, reads as part of KGB’s Sunday Night Fiction along with Peter Selgin (Drowning Lessons; University of Georgia Press; Winner, 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction) and Molly McNett (One Dog Happy; University of Iowa Press, 2008; Winner, John Simmons Short Fiction Award). 7PM, FREE.


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