Thursday, May 13, 2010

Candace in the City: Bushnell and "The Carrie Diaries" at Silicon Valley Reading

 "When You're working on a book, that's all your lives with you!" commented Candace Bushnell, at a reading of "The Carrie Diaries" she held at the Menlo Atherton Performing Arts Center on May 12. The event was also a fundraiser for the Global Fund for Women, and organized through Kepler's Bookstore. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading and am looking forward to starting the book, which chronicles Carrie's early life, before Big, the "girls," Manolos, and other complications. It was also great to see a writer with so many "glam" credentials in television and movies, to be so earthy about the writing process and work just as hard as others less known. It was juicy to learn that Mr. Big really does exist, and they are friends now but both married to other people. Life does not always imitate art.

Other interesting factoids: Candace decided she wanted to be a writer at the age of 8, came to New York when she was 18, got her start writing for magazines and even wrote about microwaves, ("I know everything there is to know about them," she said.) She totally loves Sara Jessica (who wouldn't), and felt the "Lipstick Jungle" faced different challenges, as it was a network situation, very different from HBO and more pressure forf audiences/viewers. She tries to write at least 4 pages a day, and tends to write as many as 24 pages a day when she gets close to the end of a book.

Best quote of the night: "Carrie is a person who really really gets women. But men... maybe not so much..."

Feel free to order your copy through my affiliate link for The Carrie Diaries, and share your comments on the book here. Happy reading!

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