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Bette Midler Attends Strand Books Signing To Support Judith Light’s Husband’s New Novel


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Multi-hyphenate New York authors spring’s new publishing trend
By Cindy Adams
March 10, 2020


Bette Midler at Strand
Bette Midler at Strand

Tina Fey, call your agent. Michael Gelman, who produces “Live With Kelly and Ryan” has an author wife. Laurie’s newie is “You’ve Been Volunteered.”

Laurie Gelman, who’s also an actress and a mother of two: “The PTA is the same as being in the Mob. You’re always dragged into doing something else. Can’t get out no matter how hard you try. If I were brave enough, I’d love to be my character, who speaks her mind and is snarky. It’s the way I’m becoming because I’m losing my filter.

“The publisher wants two more books. So J.K. Rowling and I will ride our characters till they’re dead. I think my character [could be played in a screen version by] Tina Fey. Tina Fey would be perfect. Right age, lived quite a life, Tina’d embody that character well.”

Wait. Another casting tip.

Lawyer/author Amy Impellizzeri on her new novel, “I Know How This Ends:” “Now’s the first high school graduates born on or right after 9/11. This is about mothers pregnant around the Trade Center time. Set against that backdrop, they’re all survivors. I was in the city 9/11. I still have survivor guilt.

“John Grisham, Scott Turow, Erle Stanley Gardner. Lawyers make good authors.

“My casting ideas are Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender as lovers who found each other.” Keira, Michael, call your agents.

More books. The Strand Bookstore’s Rare Book Room. Judith Light’s husband, Robert Desiderio, hosted his new political thriller set in the Middle East. He spent eight years writing “The Occurrence.”

Dedicating it to Judith, “the heart and soul of infinite space and love,” he read the first chapter, then he fed guests like Bette Midler, who noshed on shrimp, veggies, and cheese and sipped wine.


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