So there have been tupperware parties, sex toy parties and now apparently book trading parties, which are all the rage among New York suburbanites, according to Publishers Weekly. Unknown authors are buying up a stack of their own books at major retailers, then transporting them out to McMansion homes to sell at private parties. Kelly Corrigan, author of The Middle Place (Vintage) was recently honored at one of these parties.
This morning, about 30 women, ranging in age from about 35 to 45, came to the Rye, NY, home of Amanda “Mandy” Brooks to attend a private book party for The Middle Place. For the next two hours, the women sipped Pellegrino and coffee, listening to Corrigan talk about her memoir and read passages, buying copies for her to sign, and chatting with each other about books. From 10:00 to noon, the living room of Brooks’s beautiful home in the posh New York suburb was transformed into a bookstore-café of sorts. Corrigan had purchased 70 books that morning at a Manhattan Barnes & Noble, and was somewhat sheepishly taking cash and checks. But the women weren’t shy; everyone bought a book, and many bought two.