Last night, Tom’s lovely parents, Ray and Dagmar Dolby, threw us the most wonderful book party at their lovely home in San Francisco. The weather was beautiful, and so were the people! It is so nice to be back in the city. (I grew up here and attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart a few blocks away.) Everyone at the party was so warm and welcoming, and it was so nice to see how proud Tom’s family (his handsome brother David was there as well) is of him! Tom was so dashing in his blue blazer and colorful striped shirt, and I wore my blue Marni dress I bought ‘specially for the occasion.
My family traveled with me as well–my parents, who have very fond memories of San Francisco, and my brother Francis, just in from New York and Columbia Business School, with his girlfriend Christina. I was glad my parents were able to make the trip–my dad is still recovering from surgery but is doing well. I also brought my baby, who was such a good girl all night and so happy to attend her first book party! (And then was whisked away up to the music room with a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate bridge.) My only sadness was my husband couldn’t join us (darn those architecture deadlines!).
I was so star-struck to meet the fabulous people who are in the book–Armistead Maupin, who just radiates charisma and heartiness, Ayelet Waldman, who’s gorgeous and sassy and with whom I ate many a shrimp cocktail, and the super-charming Philip Himberg and dapper Karl Soehnlein! Tom’s mom had gardenia corsages for us to wear so that guests would know who we were, and we felt so special all evening. Tom and I joked it was like our gay/gal prom. Corsages? Check. Parents taking photographs? Check. Thankfully this time I wasn’t wearing a poufy black and pink dress with a butt-bow!
It is so nice to celebrate the book after all the hard work that went into it–I remember many long conversations with Tom over the direction of the book, working out the themes for the essays, angsting over every paragraph, and all the planning for the book tour. It’s also so exciting to know people are reading the book and responding to the stories that are in there. The reviews and reactions so far have been so great, and it is gratifying to know so many people have been touched by the stories that are in the collection.
Tonight will be our first public reading at Books Inc. so if you are in the city please stop by!!