Thursday, March 20, 2008

Lit Life

L-R: Doreen Orion, Kristin Nelson, Kim Reid, me & John Robison

It's true: All writers and publishing people do is hang out in French restaurants, eating frîtes and guzzling wine. Well, every now and then, anyway. Or at least this past Tuesday night in Boulder, where agent Kristin Nelson (Pub Rants) and I trekked to chew the fat (literally) at Brasserie Ten Ten with first-time memoirists Doreen Orion (QUEEN OF THE ROAD, coming in June!), Kim Reid (NO PLACE SAFE) and John Robison (LOOK ME IN THE EYE). John had stayed in town an extra night after doing an event at CU Boulder on Monday with his brother, Augusten Burroughs.

Doreen wrote about our fabu evening in her blog post, A Major Benefit of Being an Author. The subtitle of her book is The True Tale of 47 States, 22,000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own. Her feet are obscured in the photo above, but she was wearing one of her 200 pairs of shoes, and they were cunning indeed.

And now for the deep-dish dirt:
Kristin is a wine snob, and (GASP!) prefers lemon tart to anything chocolate. Doreen doesn't eat carbs. Kim took home her leftovers. John and I are in the Clean Plate Club and snarfed up everything put in front of us.


Doreen Orion said...

Hi Bella,

What a wonderful evening!

I must admit, I do make exceptions for the very best carbs in life - wine and chocolate.

Can you believe there was NO chocolate dessert on the menu? If they had even merely drizzled chocolate sauce on Kristin's lemon tart, she would have had to wrestle me for it.

Bella Stander said...

But there was: chocolate mousse cake. I believe John had it. Remember its little chocolate Mickey Mouse ears?

Doreen Orion said...

Oh, no! I thought it was mocha moose!

Perhaps John will clear this up. Enquiring chocoholic minds need to know!

Southern Writer said...

I love seeing pics of all the people we know, but never get to see. What a treat!

kim said...

"It's true: All writers and publishing people do is hang out in French restaurants, eating frites and guzzling wine."

Ha! You make it sound so glamorous and leisurely. But I'll take it when I can get it. It was a fun evening.


Bella Stander said...

OF COURSE it's glamorous and leisurely! The books just write themselves & then their authors get rich...or so they say at Bellevue.

John Elder Robison said...

It was a chocolate mousse thing, pretty solid, with chocolate ears.

I ate the ears first.