Tonight’s boldfaced parties:
• National Book Awards. Marriot Marquis, 1535 Broadway, nr. 45th St., 7 p.m. David Remnick, Fran Lebowitz, and Morgan Entrekin are expected to be on hand; not a lot of huge names among the nominees, who hope that a victory will propel them to the fame achieved by such past winners as Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh (1980, Best General Reference Paperback).
• BBRAXTON opening. 1400 Fifth Ave., nr. 116th St., 6 p.m. Brenda Braxton and Anthony Van Putten’s men’s salon makes it okay to get your back waxed in Harlem. Check out this guest list: Wayne Brady, Huey Lewis, and John O’Hurley will all learn to shave.
• Scenarios USA Real Deal awards. Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses St., nr. Hudson St., 6:30 p.m. Expected: Juliana Margulies, Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Rosario Dawson, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts. Scenarios USA works to lower rates of teen pregnancy, among other things. And invites actors whose films feature unprotected sex to their parties.
• Ray-Ban Wayfarers celebration. Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., nr. 15th St., 7:45 p.m. Scheduled to attend: Paul Rudd, Ryan Adams, Sam Rockwell, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Charles. Whose stubble will be the rugged-est?