What a turnaround for Glamour! Tonight the Conde Nast powerhouse hosts its 15th annual Women of the Year awards at the Museum of Natural History on Fifth Avenue, and for the first time they'll be televised via a coast to coast syndicated feed, both awards and TV show sponsored by L'Oreal Paris, with entertainment by Alicia Keys. But the big news is their ad sales. In the first half, they were down 62 pages, or 8%, and changed publishers; they'll close the year up 7% or 104 pages. Editor Cindi Leive and new (just six months in the job) Publisher Bill Wackermann host.
Also today in New York, at the main Public Library (on Fifth Ave. as well, so watch the traffic), People mag celebrates "the heroes among us," with exec VP Nora McAniff and M.E. Martha Nelson doing the honors.
Wednesday the 10th is the birthday of the Marine Corps. How better to celebrate than buying Robert Timberg's new book, "State of Grace," Simon & Schuster. Timberg, an Annapolis grad with a masters from Stanford, later a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, is a badly burned combat Marine officer from Vietnam, who covers Washington for the Baltimore Sun. His first book, "The Nightingale's Song," was a best seller that has become a classic. The new one is a sort of prequel, covering the years between Korea and Vietnam, which Bob calls "twilight time."
Wow! That yummy Architectural Digest spread on Ralph and Ricky Lauren's modest home in Bedford, N.Y. Their closets have closets.
Only restaurateur I know who writes his own newsletter is Danny Meyer of the Union Square Cafe, and other top eateries. His latest is a belated tribute to the late Roger W. Straus of Farrar, Straus, the book publisher who, Danny estimates, ate 3,000 lunches at the Cafe.
Former Harper's Bazaar senior editor and author Barbara Goldsmith has a new one out, "Obsessive Genius," all about Marie Curie. The book party's at the main Public Library on Fifth Avenue Nov. 15.
The next night, Nov. 16 Donna Warner of Metropolitan Home hosts a bash at Minotti Los Angeles for Fred Bernstein's latest, "Renovate."