It's a smorgasbord of over 100 writers at the East Hampton library who patiently sign copies of their newest novels at the 5th Annual Authors Night. The event, founded by actor/novelist Alec Baldwin (A Promise to Ourselves) features Pulitzer Prize winners Robert A. Caro and poet Philip Schultz, and best-selling authors like Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, One Fifth Avenue), Jay McInerney (Bright Lights Big City, Brightness Falls, The Good Life), Melissa Bank (The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing, The Wonder Spot), Danielle Ganek (The Summer We Read Gatsby), Ken Auletta (Googled: The End of the World as We Know It, Greed and Glory on Wall Street: The Fall of the House of Lehman), and Florence Fabricant (Park Avenue Potluck Celebrations).
Having studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, I'm pretty jazzed up and immediately look for Candace Bushnell. A frail, petite blond with large eyes, and a slightly lost look, I long to give her a fan for the heat, a mint julep and a big hug. I say hi and tell her I'm a writer a la Carrie Bradshaw who writes about the city, not sex. She smiles slightly and there is an awkward pause, so I offer to buy her latest book The Carrie Diaries: Meet Carrie Before Sex and the City, which she signs with much flourish. She has misspelled my name ...
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This story was re-published courtesy of The Daily Truffle. It was written by Sumi Trenholme for The Daily Truffle, a Los Angeles social diary written by a circle of high school friends who grew up together in L.A. View more society, fashion and party writing on The Daily Truffle.