Bestsellers Brunch

Every once in a while, I’ll see a display with little sign saying something like “drop your card in the bowl and win a prize,” and if it doesn’t look too fishy, my card goes into the bowl. Why not? What do I have to lose?

Much to my surprise, after dropping a card in a bowl in Central Park, I received the following e-mail.

Congratulations – You have won one ticket to our Bestsellers Brunch, this Sunday!

New York is Book Country – Bestsellers Brunch
The Waldorf=Astoria
301 Park Avenue
Sunday September 28th
11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Enjoy a fantastic brunch and meet six current and future bestselling authors as they discuss their latest works. You’ll hear from:

  • Lawrence Block EDGAR AWARD WINNER, Hit and Run
  • Harlan Coben EDGAR AWARD WINNER, Hold Tight
  • Marlo Thomas GOLDEN GLOBE-WINNING ACTRESS, Free to Be…You and Me (35th Anniversary Edition)
  • Dionne Warwick GRAMMY-WINNING SINGER, Say a Little Prayer

Plus, debut novelists sure to hit the bestseller lists in the years to come…

  • Rivka Galchen, Atmospheric Disturbances
  • Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook

We are pleased to announce the event will be moderated by Carol Fitzgerald, President of The Book Reporter Network.

How could I resist? I have to admit that I was eager to get an up-close-and-personal look at Marlo Thomas and Dionne Warwick, and to hang around and drink coffee in one of the fanciest hotels ever built in the City of New York.

To my surprise (and delight), after they spoke, all of the authors hung around and signed copies of their books. I walked away with a pile of books tucked securely into a Waldorf-Astoria shopping bag, and now have enough reading material to last the rest of the season.

The brunch featured chefs making omelettes

The brunch crowd

Most of the panel (they didn’t all fit in the frame)

Dionne Warwick speaking to a fan

Marlo Thomas signing a book

Marlo Thomas speaking to a fan

Lawrence Block signing a book

Lawrence Block and Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben on the panel

The Waldorf-Astoria hotel
Lawrence Block, Hit and Run
Harlan Coben, Hold Tight
Marlo Thomas, Free to Be … You and Me
Dionne Warwick, Say a Little Prayer
Rivka Galchen, Atmospheric Disturbances
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook


10 Responses to Bestsellers Brunch

  1. Antof9 says:

    WOW! That’s inspiring. I never have the nerve to drop my card in, but if this is the result, well … this is me, jumping on board 🙂


  2. Eva G. says:

    Awesome – what a score!


  3. Olivier says:

    tu as de la chance, j’aurais aimé être a cette fête. Lawrence Block est un de mes écrivains préférés.

    you’re lucky, I would have liked to be at this party. Lawrence Block is one of my favorite writers.


  4. photowannabe says:

    Wow, congratulations. That was one terrific prize and such a great lineup of “celebrities”. Lucky you.


  5. Your Cuz Steve says:

    Wow, you are lucky. Would love to have been there!


  6. moi says:

    wow! Lukcy you 🙂
    No new post for some time now….where art thou??? 🙂


  7. fidget says:

    sweet! I bet that was a fantastic tie!


  8. Steve says:

    I see the greats in your article- how were the “debut novelists”? Anything worth reading? For that matter, the others aren’t always known for their writing. How were they?


  9. Donyel says:

    Wom man you’re lucky you got to meet both Marlo and Dionne. to all the people that think Marlo is mean to people juding from all the pictures She looks like she’s a sweetheart and she’s helps people. Take that Ahgelina Jolie who thinks she is Marlo but will never be.


  10. can we be a fren? Really nice blog!


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