Mediabistro.com Book Club Party: May ’11 Edition

23 May

On Tuesday I attended the mediabistro.com book club party, which was held in the swanky underbar at the W Hotel in Union Square.  The event was hosted by Jason Boog, who presented four diverse readers for the evening: Jamie Cat Callan, Jonathan Franklin, Steve Friedman, and Shana Mahaffey.

Jamie Cat Callan showed up with hot pink casts on her arm and leg.  Even post-accident she looked tre chic.  She read from her latest book Bonjour, Happiness!  In this easy-to-digest and engaging work of nonfiction, Jamie writes about being inspired by her French grandmother to travel to France.  There she seeks out the secret to joie de vivre.

Jonathan Franklin gives a firsthand account of the rescue of the Chilean miners in his new book 33 Men.  The journalist, who was at the mine site during the ordeal, interviewed all but three of the miners and one hundred of the rescuers to tell the real story behind what we heard on the news.  He shared some stories of the personal lives of some of the miners, and it individualized the men who were trapped and rescued.

Steve Friedman read from the chapter “The Ant, the Grasshopper, and Nicole Kidman,” in his new book Driving Lessons: A Father, A Son, and the Healing Power of Golf.  I hate sports and golf especially, and I’m neither a father nor a son, but I have to admit I was rather captivated by the section Steve read.  I picked up a copy and am looking forward to reading it.

Shana Mahaffey was the representative fiction writer and read from Sounds like Crazy.  It’s about a voiceover artist who–wait for it–hears voices in her head.  She has dissociative identity disorder and lots of cats.  It’s a lighthearted read about a woman whose personality becomes fractured.

I also got to meet petite model and author Isobella Jade at the event, who was super-friendly and we talked all about teen lit and making mud pies.

What a fun night!

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One Response to “Mediabistro.com Book Club Party: May ’11 Edition”

  1. Queen May 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    You made me want to run out and get them and start reading!!!!

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