Book Party Season WHAT WASHINGTONIANS ARE READING THIS SUMMER | PHOTOS BY TONY POWELL
Amy Tercek, Winton Holladay, Nancy Taylor Bubes and Genevieve Ryan
April, Grace and Lily Delaney
Karen Sonneborn, Lily Sonneborn and Amy Ephron
‘THE CASTLE IN THE MIST’
James Kirchick and Monaco Amb. Maguy Maccario Doyle
‘THE END OF EUROPE: ’
Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age,
KAREN SONNEBORN RESIDENCE CAROL BLUE RESIDENCE Over 150 young bibliophiles gathered at the Georgetown residence of Karen Sonneborn for a proper Sunday tea party to celebrate Amy Ephron’s recently published novel “The Castle in the Mist.” Described by Ephron as “a modern-day mash-up of an old fashioned children’s book,” the story touches on magic and the importance of believing in yourself. She read an excerpt to a crowded room with the help of designated book holder Lilly Sonneborn, while guests enjoyed delicate tea sandwiches, petit-fours and tasty sugar cookies, which, according to Ephron, “looked as if they had come straight out one of the chapters in the book.” The event also recognized Karen Sonneborn and Katherine Boone’s new organization, Honored, which identiﬁes and rewards outstanding K-12 teachers for their commitment to students.
An increasing dread is spreading across Europe, one encompassing a refugee crisis, terrorism, nationalism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and a revanchist Russia led by Vladimir Putin that threatens the unity represented by the European Union. Author James Kirchick minced no words when he told a crowd gathered to celebrate his recent book, “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age,” that it had been wri=en as “a warning to wake people up” to the unpleasant truths about a continent dri>ing away from its cultural and intellectual traditions and post-World War II political stability.
Christie Weiss, Nancy Rosebush, James Rosebush and Jeff Weiss
Sharon Malone, Dwight and Toni Bush and Ann Jordan
Susan Lee and Gail West
DWIGHT AND TONI BUSH RESIDENCE Arts advocate Riley Temple’s new book “Aunt Ester’s Children Redeemed: Journeys to Freedom in August Wilson’s Ten Plays of TwentiethCentury Black America” was celebrated at a party hosted by his friends Dwight Bush and Toni Cook Bush. Temple’s non-ﬁction work draws on his extensive knowledge of theology to demonstrate the strength of Wilson’s body of theatrical work.
Joan Carl and Sally Bedell Smith
Stephen Smith, C. Boyden Gray and Fred Ryan
‘AUNT ESTER’S CHILDREN REDEEMED’
BIOGRAPHY: ‘PRINCE CHARLES: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life’
JOAN AND BERNARD CARL RESIDENCE
Argelia Rodriguez, A’Lelia Bundles and Riley Temple
Sally Bedell Smith’s “Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life,” a biography of the oldest heir to the British throne in more than 300 years, is the product of four years of research and hundreds of personal interviews (many from confidential sources), so it was no surprise that Joan and Bernard Carl‘s party in her honor would be swamped by veddy top notch guests eager to snap up early copies of the well-reviewed page-turner. “I am thrilled that the book became a bestseller,” said Smith, a longtime Vanity Fair contributing editor and the author of previous biographies of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, “especially that one of my favorite writers, the British novelist William Boyd, gave it a glowing review in The New York Times.”
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