I ask Reid how often she attends dinners like this one.
“Look at these chubby cheeks,” she jokes, implying that publishers keep her well-fed; she estimates that she averages one a month. “They’re hand-selling to us,” she said, “that’s what that dinner is.”)Reid has a Scottish brogue softened only slightly by years in California, and at one point she gleefully boasts to the table about her ever-mounting tally of speeding tickets.
“The Arrangement,” which will be published March 21, is about an upstate New York couple who briefly opens their marriage.
“Fortunately my husband let me write the book,” Dunn says, adding that it’s awkward when colleagues on the lot assume “The Arrangement” is autobiographical.
The journalists and booksellers in attendance are being asked to help set Dunn apart from a lineup of upcoming authors as endless as the hopefuls on a dating show.
Dunn freely admits, “books need to be hand sold.”“Hand-selling” is bookseller jargon, what Alison Reid of Diesel Books later explains is a personal, in-store recommendation. It’s putting the book in the customer’s hand.”Hand-selling is also crucial in a tremendously crowded field.
Blond and blue-eyed, she wears a silver necklace dotted with pearls.
Small clusters of people gather around her as they arrive, waiting for their turn to introduce themselves.
“We try to cater to the genre: this book has a lot of Hollywood trade interest,” she says.
Indeed, a journalist from the Hollywood Reporter rolls in after some guests have already sucked down their second round of the Bee-Knees, the event’s signature gin and ginger cocktail.
Kaley’s tall trim body, blonde hair, and habit of showing off her thong panties drives me crazy.
Also, Amy Davidson, the sister who plays the innocent sister, well with her red hair, petite size, and freckle face.she’s just incredibly “cute”.
The dinners also allow booksellers to see which books publishers are “putting money behind.” (She would attend another publisher’s dinner the following week at Providence — Jonathan Gold’s top restaurant in L. (Fitting for the owner of Diesel, she drives like she has a lead foot.) The repartee between colleagues and competitors is familiar — it sometimes feels as if the bookstore owners have come purely to chat among themselves.