Joe Conason fans gathered at the National Arts Club to toast the New York Observer columnist for his new book, "Big Lies," just out from St. Martin's Press. Joe's not quite as funny as Franken or as nuts as Coulter, but he's also going to have a best seller.
A funny, and sad, media story: the publishing outfit that reputedly paid big bucks to troubled Times reporter Jayson Blair to write his book, has reportedly gone bankrupt.
Country Living just turned 25!
John Brown Publishing, London, and a couple of Yank partners, launch Drill, a new mag for the U.S. military on Oct. 14. It'll be sold (at $3.25) through the huge MES (Military Exchange System) on bases worldwide.
Just out from Dan Hill via Wiley Publishers in Hackensack, N.J., "Body of Truth: Leveraging What Customers Can't Or Won't Say." It's a look at marketing advertising and research from the point of view of a Ph.D.
Ran into a newly slimmed-down Gael Greene, maybe the most delicious of food writers, at Nick & Toni's in East Hampton. Gael tells me she's writing her memoirs. If Gael spills all, this'll have the gourmets and gourmands licking their lips.