Hot town, summer in the city! The city is flirting with Mistress Swampy a bit early for our tastes, and indeed New York’s fairer sex is already dressing as if there’s a stripper convention in town …. Meanwhile, it seems that everywhere we look, another longtime and seemingly devoted couple is breaking up, all too willing to fling themselves upon the sexual/emotional pyre that is the summer rooftop barbecue …. One gal who certainly seems to enjoy the heat is Jennifer Lopez, who will be gracing the Children’s Health Fund 20th Anniversary Gala with a “special performance” with kinda-creepy hubby, Marc Anthony. (And now we’ve had the whole don’t-be-fooled-by-the-rocks-that-I-got thing stuck in our head for the past six hours. Thanks, Jenny from the block! ) Paul Simon—or “Mr. Edie Brickell,” as we like to think of him—hosts the fancy-pants dinner at the Hilton, and we can only hope it’s not too warm for a turkey suit …. More lady power (smells like flowers!) will be found up at the gleaming Hearst Tower, where Cosmopolitan throws its first-ever “Fun Fearless Fiction” awards ceremony and get-drunk-and-swoon party. Celebrating “the one thing that will never disappoint you in bed … a really good book” (oh, Cosmopolitan, you are so naughty … and right!), editor in chief Kate White and Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell welcome such fine scribblers as Alice Sebold, Jane Smiley, Amy Sedaris and Jodi Picoult. Moving along, for those who won’t be taking the two new scary Hillary books to the beach this summer, you’ve got Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men, and tonight, portions will be read in Chelsea. Blogger Elizabeth Spiers and The Observer’s own love bug, Simon Doonan, will attend. Rounding out this very bookish Wednesday is a party for Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him by Danielle Ganek, whose publicity team assures us that the book will be to the New York City art scene what The Devil Wears Prada was to high fashion. The bash is at the Guggenheim. Two questions: Would our lives be easier if our name were Lulu, and can it really still be May?
[The Children’s Health Fund 20th Anniversary Gala, the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, 6:30 p.m., http://www.chfund.org; Cosmopolitan’s “Fun Fearless Fiction” awards ceremony and party, Hearst Tower, 300 West 57th Street, 6 to 8 p.m., by invitation only; Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys reading, Barnes & Noble Chelsea, 675 Sixth Avenue, 7 p.m., http://www.barnesandnoble.com; Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, 6 to 8 p.m., by invitation only.]