The Smart Set is a weekly feature, compiled by Lauren Cerand, that appears Mondays 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 submit details to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the date of the event in the subject line.
THE ROYAL WE EDITION (as in, we can’t believe we started writing this at 1:00am…)
MONDAY, 6.13: Mary Karr (The Liars’ Club and Cherry), Koren Zailckas (Smashed) and Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City) discuss “truth and lies in memoir,” at Barnes and Noble — Lincoln Square, Triangle, Center, Whatever (1972 Broadway). 7:00pm, free.
TUESDAY, 6.14: The Academy of American Poets is presenting a new reading series this summer that “will highlight emerging poets,” and takes place on June 14, July 12, and August 9. For Tuesday’s kickoff event, Cate Marvin, Ravi Shankar and Timothy Donnelly are the featured talent. We heard Cate Marvin read at a Konundrum Engine Literary Review reading that KELR poetry editor Alex Lemon put together a while back, and boy, is she good. Highly recommended. 6:30pm, free.
WEDNESDAY, 6.15: Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending Reading Series burnishes its stellar reputation with an all-poet line-up that includes (Pulitzer Prize-wiining, T.S. Eliot Prize-winning, rock-n-roller) Paul Muldoon, and his esteemed fellow poets Jim Richardson and Susan Wheeler, with introductions by David Orr. 8:00pm, no cover. UPDATE: Also on Wednesday evening, author Alison McMahan, Continuum and The Strand bring the party to celebrate The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Contemporary Hollywood. Following the reading and booksigning by McMahan, Tim Burton film memorabilia will be raffled off. 6:30pm, free.
THURSDAY, 6.16: A page ripped out of our day planner with the ideal agenda for Thursday would look like this: Y-3 Sample Sale (under “coming soon…), Little Boy: The Art of Japan’s Exploding Subculture at Japan Society, and Ito En for some Umegashima Sencha. Yum.
FRIDAY, 6.17: “A residential neighborhood in Tokyo, 2003. Yoko, a freelance writer researching musical legend Jiang Ewn-Ye, befriends Hajime, the owner of a secondhand bookstore. They spend many hours together in the district’s coffee shops and train stations…” Anthology Film Archives presents the U.S. theatrical premiere run of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s film, Cafe Lumiere (In Japanese with English subtitles). 7:00pm & 9:15pm, $8.
SATURDAY, 6.18: The Walt Whitman Project fetes the poet with “Leaves of Grass,” a full day of readings and performances including “writing workshops by The Richard Wright Project and NY Writers Coalition, a library card drive by Brooklyn Public Library/Walt Whitman Branch, music performances by American Opera Projects and the Roving Brass Quartet, presentations of Whitman’s poetry and prose by The Walt Whitman Project, an open rehearsal by Cirque Boom Circus Theater of a new performance piece based on the lives of Whitman and P.T. Barnum, as well as writers and poets reading their published and newly written works.” Events scheduled from 11:00am to 11:00pm, free.