If Only Bond Girls Crashed Book Parties

Black & White book party. L&M Arts, 45 E. 78th St., nr. Madison Ave., 6 p.m. Expected guests include Amy Sedaris, Gina Gershon, Frank McCourt, A.M. Homes, Philip Gourevitch, and the author, Dani Shapiro. Also on the guest list is Honor Moore, who is a poet and not the female lead in a bizarro Bond movie promoting chastity and temperance.

Food & Wine Best New Chefs awards. 7 World Trade Center, nr. Vesey St., 6:30 p.m. The ten honorees include the Spotted Pig's April Bloomfield. Momofuku's David Chang and both Top Chef winners (Harold Dieterle and Ilan Hall) will be among those preparing "signature dishes."

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