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Mediabistro Party in Los Angeles

Want to talk about books or make some literary friends in Los Angeles? Join us for our next free party!

Our next cocktail party will take place at Whiskey Blue in the W Hotel on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT). This GalleyCat editor will host the party along with Flikdate co-founder Nick Bicanic.

Follow this link to RSVP. It is a great way to meet new friends, network with media professionals or tell this GalleyCat editor about your favorite book.

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Mediabistro Party in Los Angeles

Want to talk about books or make some literary friends in Los Angeles?

If you live in the Los Angeles area, we can help you answer all those questions. You should join us for our Mediabistro Party in Los Angeles at Le Cellier on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Follow this link to RSVP. The party will be hosted by Write On Online‘s Debra Eckerling and GalleyCat editor Jason Boog. It is a great way to meet new friends, network with media professionals or tell this GalleyCat editor about your favorite book.

Mediabistro Party in Los Angeles

Want to talk about books or make some literary friends in Los Angeles?

If you live in the Los Angeles area, we can help you answer all those questions. You should join us for our Cocktails in Los Angeles party at Whiskey Blue in the W Hotel on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT).

Follow this link to RSVP. The party will be hosted by Write On Online‘s Debra Eckerling and GalleyCat editor Jason Boog. It is a great way to meet new friends, network with media professionals or tell this GalleyCat editor about your favorite book.

9-Year-Old Author Throws Cupcake Book Party

Nine-year-old author and cupcake blogger Carrie Berk just co-wrote Peace, Love and Cupcakes with her mom, former Life & Style Weekly editor-in-chief Sheryl Berk.

To celebrate the release of the novel (published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky imprint), Berk (pictured) hosted a book party at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City. Author and cupcake blogger Rachel Kramer Bussel covered the event at Cupcakes Take the Cake.

Check it out: “[The book] is about a group of little girls who form a cupcake club at their school, start a cupcake business, fight bullies and have fun baking, decorating and learning about each other … [the candy store] was set up with a chocolate fountain where you could get Peeps, marshmallows, Rice Krispie treats, pretzels, strawberries or bananas dipped in it, a cupcaketini cocktail, which had Frangelico, Bailey’s and Kahlua (adults only, obviously) and adorable custom mini cupcakes courtesy of Georgetown Cupcake, which managed to replicate the book cover exactly, with glitter!”

How Not To Read Poetry

Earlier this month, the Fishbowl Improv poetry group released the video embedded above: “How to Read Poetry.”

We are sharing the video to make you laugh and to remind you how not to conduct yourself at your next author reading.

If you want to avoid putting your audience to sleep, we recommend following the advice of Literary Brooklyn author Evan Hughes: “Keep it relatively brief and engaging. Keep in mind that reading aloud is a tough way to engage an audience. It can work, but I think it is best to be concise and have a range of people on stage for a few minutes each.”

Photos from Mediabistro Book Club in Los Angeles

mediabistro.com Cocktail Party in L.A.Writers from around the West Coast gathered in Santa Monica last night for our first Mediabistro Book club in California. Writers, aspiring authors and readers mingled beside the pool at the Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel.

Follow this link to see photos from the event–all photos were taken by Bea Lamar. In the photo embedded above, author and typographer Denis Wood posed with his new book, Everything Sings. Below, we’ve posted a picture of Victoria Patterson posing with her book, This Vacant Paradise.

Both of these writer will also appear at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend. This GalleyCat editor will report on the event all weekend long.

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Fall Literary Season Kicks Off in California

A dispatch from correspondent Cynthia Shannon

The San Francisco Writer’s Grotto held their annual open house earlier this month, unofficially kicking off the fall literary season in California (Litquake, the beloved SF literary festival that has just started gaining traction in New York, launches today). Readings were short and sweet, emceed by former SF Chronicle Book Editor Oscar Villalon, featuring original Grotto founder Ethan Watters, author of Crazy Like Us, new member Justine Sharrock, author of Tortured: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things, and the best-dressed man in the room, James Nestor, author of Get High Now.

The Grotto is a writer’s co-op, unique to San Francisco in that it gives freelance writers the impression of having a day job. Started 16 years ago by Po Bronson, Ethan Watters, and Ethan Canin, it has grown to about 30 writers in residence, meaning everyone contributes their share of rent for use of “office-like personal space” in order to feel less lonely as a writer. Members gain valuable feedback from a prestigious (and published) community that hosts workshops and networking events to help writers hone in on their craft.

“It ritualizes the feeling of being a freelancer,” says author Julia Scheeres, author of Jesusland and the upcoming Jonestown (Free Press). One wall in the shared community space painted in dark orange displays the signatures of visiting writers (pictured), most notably Gay Talese. “Over 1000 people have come through the Grotto,” explains Watters, who read his amusing piece of advice for authors appearing on The Daily Show. “It’s a place they can learn about the industry, make connections, and in some cases, friends.”

Tina Brown Hosts Book Party for Randall Lane

9781591843290L.jpgLast night GalleyCat mingled with financial journalists and publishing types at editor Tina Brown‘s Upper East Side apartment. The Daily Beast founder had thrown a party for author Randall Lane, a Daily Beast editor-in-large who wrote the new memoir, The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane.

During the party, Brown gave a brief speech praising the book. “It would make a great musical,” she quipped. “I’d love to see Zeroes on Ice.” Lane followed up with his own short speech, summing up the crazy atmosphere of his book: “We were in the middle of something historic,” he said. “Not necessarily good, but historic.”

UPDATED: Yesterday the Daily Beast broke an excerpt from the book with some passages about financial guru Jim Cramer. Entitled “Jim Cramer Stock Touting Scandal,” you can read the whole essay here.

David Kirkpatrick Releases ‘The Facebook Effect’

facebookeffect.jpgLast night publishing leaders, technology writers, magazine editors, and mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby mingled at the glitzy book party for David Kirkpatrick. We missed the party, but received a dispatch and that photo of Kirkpatrick (via Gabriel Cid).

Here’s more about the party: “Miles Nadal, Chairman & CEO of MDC Partners, hosted a cocktail party last night celebrating the release of David Kirkpatrick‘s new book, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World. The event was held at Michael’s Restaurant and was attended by Saul Hansell (noted technology writer), Andy Serwer (managing editor of Fortune), Dan Colarusso (Managing Editor of Bloomberg TV), and Priscilla Painton (Editor in Chief of Simon & Schuster).”

Next week, mediabistro.com’s video series MediaBeat will host a three-part interview with Kirkpatrick, talking about his new book, his magazine career, and how he turned his nonfiction reporting into a book deal.

Oh, the People You Meet at BEA Parties

bealog2010.pngYesterday we prowled BEA parties with Garrison Keillor‘s dour “Publishing is about to slide into the sea” pronouncement ringing in our ears.

Our night began at The New York Times‘ literary party where Ryan Chapman discussed upcoming projects and P.E. Logan chatted about book reviews. Carolyn Kellogg pondered the long night ahead of us, Thomas Rogers critiqued Sex and the City 2, and Leslie Koppenhaver cheered Graywolf Press‘ good year. Laura Miller shared her feelings about the Lost finale and Jonathan Lethem suggested we read a certain biography of the late, great Nathanael West.

At the Harper Perennial blogger apprecition party in the historic Algonquin Hotel, we talked with Ron Hogan about his reading series and debated publishing profits with Levi Asher. Jurgen Fauth chatted about Fictionaut while Marcy Dermansky explained her upcoming novel. Kevin Smokler talked about book tours. Susan Henderson showed off her new galley and Robin Slick said her son had joined the rock band Dr. Dog.

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