Sunday, May 19, 2024

Cambridge native Sophie Flack, after years as a ballerina, is now an artist, Columbia University student and, most significantly, novelist who is set to give a reading Tuesday in Porter Square. (Photo: Zach Klein)

The nexus of a very specific kind of cool arrives at Porter Square Books on Tuesday: Sophie Flack will be reading from her “Bunheads,” about a New York ballerina — as Flack was until 2009 — victorious in a tough profession who faces a crisis after falling in love. Bloggers and reviewers adore the book not only for the storytelling, but for the authenticity, and a beautiful native ballerina-turned-author-and-artist-and-Columbia University student is probably a pretty good pull for a city with more than its fair share of dance companies and instruction.

Her career started in Cambridge, too, although she was raised in Watertown and her formal dance training started at the Boston Ballet School. From her official bio:

“Her first encounter with the performing arts was at age 3 when she played a pig in a local production of ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ Her next theatrical accomplishment was playing a reed in her kindergarten production of ‘Oklahoma.’”

Then there’s the fact that although The Boston Globe reported in October that Flack’s young adult novel had been optioned for television, what is apparently a totally different “Bunheads” is the next project for Amy Sherman-Palladino. Her six seasons (but no movie) of the fast-talking dramedy “Gilmore Girls” — a seventh season was made without her — is probably the only thing that could make Cantabrigians want to move to Connecticut, even if she did let one of the main characters visit Harvard before passing it up for Yale. (When another character isn’t accepted to Harvard, she explains how she’s going to fake it for her parents: “I’ll get an apartment in Cambridge, buy a Harvard sweatshirt, talk about Mira Sorvino a lot. It’s doable.”)

Finally, there’s the casting of Sutton Foster in the lead role of “Bunheads,” which is so far only a pilot for the ABC Family cable channel. People who don’t spend a lot of time at Broadway musicals will probably know Foster best from her three-episode stint playing Coco, Bret’s sign-holding girlfriend, on the HBO series “Flight of the Conchords.”

What is cool about this is mainly that the television “Bunheads” is sure to raise awareness of Flack’s novel even more … and with a whole different demographic than getting to second base with actor Josh Charles at the Emmys.

Anyway, this all starts with Flack, who reads at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the store, 25 White St. in the Porter Square Shopping Center.