For one of my oldest friends, Manuela, who lives in England here’s what happened at the book parties:
The first party was held at my friend Vanessa Noel’s shoe store which happens to be the ground floor of her sandstone townhouse on the upper east side of Manhattan. Extremely nice. Vanessa is a talented artist in her own right and shoes are lucky to have her attention. I say this with certainty because I have seen her paintings and I know how good she is. Miserably, I forgot to have my photo taken with Vanessa! And the reason I forgot was the instant overwhelm of old and new friends.
ps: Particularly extraordinary was meeting longtime FB pal Ron
So that was the New York party! Forgive the blurry shots but I had to heist them (long story). Anyway, as perhaps is evident from the glee on my face in these shots I immediately forgot the plot. All my plans of whom exactly I wanted shots with, and whom I wished to introduce to whom, well, I remembered not one of these artful plans until days later. Such was the abundance of good cheer that my mind was erased and all I could do was savor the moment and revel in it.
And then it was back to Key West, for another book party, co-hosted by the King of this fair island David Wolkowsky. Here are some shots taken by my friend Carla Lavanco.
Ps: A favorite guest was City Manager Bob Vitas (who mysteriously speaks fluent Serbian)
Today is Orthodox Easter Sunday, Happy Easter to all those who celebrate today, and that includes my oldest friend Manuela, in the UK.
Thank you to all!
RIGHT ON RON! WE ALL LOVE OUR SWEET CHRISTINA. AM SO JEALOUS THAT YOU WERE AT THE WONDERFUL BOOK PARTY – MAYBE YOU AND I WILL MEET AT THE NEXT ONE BABY! XXX
Thanks Monty! So excellent to read about the other book parties. This really is quite community you have built Christina, with your writing. You have created a community united by the love of your voice.
Ah Monty, perhaps the truth about Manuela will finally emerge!! xxxxx
What fab pics! Everyone looks so beautiful and happy and you are in your Element! But the highlight of the show has to be finally seeing a photo of THE SUPER COOL AND ADORING RON – YOUR NUMBER ONE FAN!
Is this Manuela that you mention, one of the Cubans who painted your cottage and has she now started her own painting and decorating business in Lit’le Olde England!!!!
Book parties and old friends: A source of energy and inspiration for future books!…
Happy Orthodox Easter to you, too
My dear friend Kristina,
Thank you so much for posting this photos! Now, we have seen how was your book parties.
Obviously you have fun!
Happy Easter to you too, be well.
Best regards from Serbia!