Gwyneth Paltrow has been stealing literary thunder at a public event. How are plainer authors to take it back?What’s a jobbing author supposed to do when overwhelmed at a library book signing by the fragrant Gwyneth Paltrow? After an attempt to claim that she was an up-from-size-zero Gwynnie herself had failed, novelist Christina Oxenberg knew what to do: first waft “stinky steak sandwich” fumes in her direction, then take to one’s blog to let off steam.The signing in question, the ninth East Hampton Library Annual Authors Night fundraiser, had been hailed as New York’s literary event of the summer and was crammed full of the great and good from literary circles including Robert Caro, Pulitzer prize-winning biographer of Lyndon Johnson, heavyweight economist Joseph Stiglitz and acclaimed New York novelist Jay McInerney.All were eclipsed by Gwyneth’s glow, and her crowds of fans, as she signed copies of It’s All Good – her healthy-eating manual packed with recipes free from “coffee, alcohol, dairy, eggs, sugar, shellfish, deep-water fish, wheat, meat, soy, and all processed foods.” No wonder Oxenberg took to the buffet.But she may be cheered to learn that UK train operator Virgin Trains could be starting an audience-focusing trend by hosting …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books