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 York’s independent booksellers and venues, and low-cost and free events.
TUESDAY, 10.10: The Brooklyn Writers Space Reading Series presents an evening with raconteurs Jim Hanas (hanasiana.com), Dominic Preziosi and Gabriel Roth. Hosted by Night and Day (in the Starlight Room), 230 5th Avenue at President Street in Park Slope. 6:30pm, FREE. Meanwhile, at the Met, “‘New Orleans after the Flood: Photographs by Robert Polidori‘ marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods that devastated New Orleans. The exhibition features approximately 20 large-scale color photographs that Robert Polidori created during four extended visits to New Orleans between September 2005 and April 2006. These quietly expressive photographs present a candid and intimate look at widespread destruction — an incomprehensible landscape of felled oak trees, houses washed off their foundations, and tumbled furniture.” Through December 10.
WEDNESDAY, 10.11: At Three Lives & Company, debut novelist Robert Marshall gives the first public reading from his book, A Separate Reality, wherein, “Set in the early 1970s, Mark, a lonely and unhappy twelve-year-old growing up in Phoenix, takes a semi-comic suburban vision quest.” [Full disclosure, as always: I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Robert to publicize his work]. 7:00pm, FREE. On the Upper West Side, Katherine Lanpher reads from her debut book, a collection of essays about moving to New York entitled Leap Days, at Barnes and Noble, Lincoln Center. Highly recommended. 7:00pm, FREE. Also uptown, Kansas City-based author Joe Miller stops by Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe in Harlem to read from and discuss Cross-X: A Turbulent, Triumphant Season with an Inner-City Debate Squad. 6:00pm, FREE. And, Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending series presents novelist Michelle Wildgen (You’re Not You) and poets Ruth Ellen Kocher and David Lehman, with music by Harvey Mars (Rebecca Moore, solo). 8:00pm, FREE.
THURSDAY, 10.12: Graywolf Press-published “poets Constance Quarterman Bridges (Lions Don’t Eat Us), Tracy K. Smith (The Body’s Question), and Natasha Tretheway (Bellocq’s Ophelia), winners of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize in 2005, 2002, and 1999, respectively will read at the Cave Canem 10th Anniversary Prize Winners Celebration (CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium, 34th Street and 5th Avenue). The event will be hosted by Sonia Sanchez and will also feature poets Major Jackson, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Kyle Dargan, and Amber Flora Thomas.” An essential pick. 6:00pm, $10.
FRIDAY, 10.13: The ever-excellent PAGE series at the National Arts Club presents a night of poetry with George Held, Bei Ling, Rita Catanella and Maria Terroneparagraph. Noted: “free and open to the public, open bar and refreshments, books sold at a discount, jacket requested.” 7:00pm, FREE. Also, Paragraph Workspace for Writers, which presents another great literary series on the rise, “is thrilled to host a reading with Abigail Thomas and Heather Abel. Please join us for a night of exceptional fiction, followed by a cheese and wine reception and a Q&A. Free and open to the public.” 8:00pm, FREE.
SATURDAY, 10.14: At Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side, “The Abrons Arts Center presents an evening of groundbreaking dance, old and new, with Prime Mover, curated by Chez Bushwick founder Jonah Bokaer. This event brings together rare archival dance film and video along with work by acclaimed dancemakers John Jasperse and Wally Cardona, who together with Bokaer are partnering to form CPR/The Center for Performance Research, a facility for research and development in contemporary dance and performance to be located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.” 7:30pm, $20. And, via our pals at the Hotel Chelsea Blog, “Eric Bogosian has updated his play Suburbia. The new production features former Hotel Chelsea resident Gaby Hoffmann as Sooze, a would be performance artist. According to Hoffmann, she and her best friend Talya Shomron would roller-skate in the hallways, spy on the drug dealer across the hall, and persuade the bellman to go to the neighbourhood deli at night and get them ice cream.”
SUNDAY, 10.15: “This month Sunday Salon welcomes talented writers from the Global City Review for a special ‘Simple Virtues Reading’… with Edith Chevat, Peter Marcus, Bill Cheng and Beth Herstein at Stain Bar, 766 Grand St. (take “L” to Grand, walk one block west).” 7:00pm, FREE.