|Two weeks ago, on Thursday October 1st, At Astor Hall of the New York Public Library, Alfred A. Knopf publishers hosted a celebration of its authors and 100 years of publishing.
More than 250 of Knopf’s present and former authors, including Judy Blume, Sam Shepard, Renata Adler, Jay McInerney, Fran Lebowitz, Richard Price and Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Nicholas Kristof, Michael Ondaatje, Madhur Jaffrey, Bill Buford and Diane Rehm, joined the mix of literary illuminati to celebrate the renowned publishing house’s centennial.
|Knopf Editor in Chief, Sonny Mehta, made remarks alongside Knopf authors Robert Caro, Sharon Olds, James Ellroy and Toni Morrison as well as Mitchell Kaplan, a co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International.
Patti Smith surprised the crowd with a stirring rendition of her acclaimed hit, “Wing.” Much to the delight of guests, Knopf brought to life its iconic Borzoi logo, with 6 of the statuesque dogs stationed outside the event, greeting guests upon arrival, providing priceless photo moments and numerous selfies. Later on in the evening, James Ellroy led the crowd in a boisterous “howl of the Borzoi” during his energized remarks. Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books in Miami recalled a fond memory of receiving a personal note from Sonny Mehta with the manuscript for The English Patient, noting “I think it is very good.”
|Knopf was founded in 1915 by Alfred and Blanche Knopf and is one of America's foremost book publishers—known for the quality of its authors, for the high level of its book design and production, and for the success of its books in the marketplace. Throughout its history, Knopf has been dedicated to publishing distinguished works of fiction and nonfiction. When you see the Knopf logo or name, you can be assured there is something within that perhaps you should know or would like.
Twenty-four Knopf authors have been honored with the Nobel Prize; thirty-two have won the National Book Award; fifty-eight have received the Pulitzer; thirty-seven have won the National Book Critics Circle Award; and countless others have won awards of a more specific nature.
|Among the notable attendees: Sonny Mehta: Editor-in-Chief of Alfred A Knopf and Chairman of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Markus Dohle: CEO of Penguin Random House; Robert Gottlieb: Former Editor-in-Chief of Alfred A. Knopf and the New Yorker: Toni Morrison: Winner of Nobel Prize in Literature and author of Beloved and Song of Solomon; Orhan Pamuk: Winner of Nobel Prize in Literature and author of Snow and My Name is Red; Elie Wiesel: Winner of Nobel Peace Prize and author of Night; Robert Caro: Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Book Award -- Aauthor of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson; Sharon Olds: Winner of Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Stag’s Leap; Richard Russo: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls; Lawrence Wright: Winner of Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower;Robert Massie: Winner of Pulitzer Prize for Peter the Great; Peter Carey: Winner of two Booker Prizes for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang; Michael Ondaatje: Winner of the Booker Prize for The English Patient; James Ellroy: Author of The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A Confidential;Patti Smith: Singer, Songwriter and Performer. Author of Just Kids; Sam Shepard: Actor, director, playwright and author of Crusin’Paradise; Judy Blume: Author of Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, and In the Unlikely Event; Fran Lebowitz: Author of Metropolitan Life, Social Studies, and Exterior Signs of Wealth; Lisa Birnbach: Author of The Official Preppy Handbook; Jay McInerney: Author of The Good Life and Bright Lights Big City; Eric Lax:President of PEN International. Author of Faith, Interrupte ;J. D. McClatchy: Editor of The Yale Review and President of The American Academy of Arts and Letters; Louis Begley: Recipient of Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Author of Wartime Leis and the Schmidt trilogy; Marisa Acocella Marchetto: Author of Just Who the Hell is She, Anyway? and Cancer Vixen: A True Story; Mona Simpson: Recipient of PEN/Faulkner Award. Anywhere but Here and The Lost Father; Julie Orringer: Recipient of Paris Review’s Discover Prize, Yale Review’s Editor Prize. Author of How to Breathe Underwater and The Invisible Bridge; Hari Kunzru: The Impressionist, Transmission, Gods Without Men; George Packer: Winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction for The Unwinding; Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn: Co-authors of Half the Sky; Sir John Richardson: Acclaimed biographer of Picasso; Susan Minot: Author of Monkeys, Lust and Other Stories and Thirty Girls. Her writings are basis of the films Stealing Beauty (1996) and Evening (2007). Also: Susanna Moore: Author of In The Cut, One Last Look, The Big Girls; Renata Adler: Author of Speedboat.
Garth Risk Hallberg: Author of acclaimed debut novel City on Fire.
|On October 7, 2015, the Young Patrons Circle of American Friends of the Louvre hosted its annual Fête de Rentrée fall kick-off event. The event was held at Albertine Books as well as the exquisite second floor marble landing of the Cutural Services of the French Embassy.
Approximately 60 guests enjoyed macarons and petit fours as well as wine and champagne while admiring a special selection of Paris and art-themed coffee table books. The collection included Jacques Attali's A Brief History of the Future, which inspired the Louvre Museum's fall exhibition of the same title. Guests included YPC Advisory Council member Daniel Colón as well as many YPC members and Louvre enthusiasts including Countess Olympia Arco and Laura de Belgique, Denalda Cupa, Lin Gao, Miranda Guo, David Griffin, Harry Mackenzie Inglis of Glencorse, Whitney Larkin, Thomas E. Moore III, Arielle Patrick and Sean McCarthy, Lacary Sharpe, Savannah Smith and Laura Waelbroeck.
|The Fête de Rentrée marked the beginning of the Young Patrons Circle's 2015-2016 season which includes lectures, exclusive events, and collection and studio visits surrounding the Louvre's programming in France and in the United States. In addition, the YPC hosts an annual fundraising gala in New York each spring, the Soirée au Louvre, whose proceeds support AFL's work on behalf of the Louvre.|
|American Friends of the Louvre (AFL) has entered its second decade as an important support organization in the United States for the Louvre Museum. Through the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations, AFL has supported a variety of worthy projects at the Louvre, including educational tools for English-speaking visitors, gallery restorations, conservation of works of art, exhibitions and related publications, acquisitions and contemporary art programs. Through its partnership with the Louvre, AFL raises awareness of the museum's collections and scholarly expertise and helps makes its vast resources more accessible in the U.S. and around the world.|
|Michelle Smith of MILLY hosted an evening of "Fall Fashion and Fun" at her Madison boutique to benefit Publicolor. This organization uses design-based programs to empower high-risk students to succeed in college, career, and life.
Co-chairing the event were Dana Bronfman, Caitlin Donovan, and Ellie Levitt.
A percentage of the proceeds were donated and matched to benefit Publicolor.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan and BFA.|