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Library Director: Gwyneth Paltrow Didn't Disrupt Authors Night

East Hampton Library "grateful" to Paltrow and all the authors who helped draw a large crowd at Authors Night.

Gwyneth Paltrow at Authors Night on Saturday. PHOTO CREDIT: Daniel Gonzalez
Gwyneth Paltrow at Authors Night on Saturday. PHOTO CREDIT: Daniel Gonzalez

Organizers dispute reports that Gwyneth Paltrow disrupted Authors Night in East Hampton on Saturday night with her presence, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Some authors described "a mob scene" and long lines clogging up the aisles under the tent at Gardiner's Farm on James Lane. The East Hampton Library's 10th annual Authors Night raises money for the library, drawing local and nationally renowned authors and celebrities.

Others taking part at the book signing reception were Clive Davis, Kelly Killoren Bensimone, Lidia Bastianich, and Dr. Ruth. Alec Baldwin co-hosted the event.

“Author’s night at East Hampton Library highjacked by movie stars with ghost- written cookbooks,” Jay McInerney, an author, tweeted afterwards, The Journal reported.

Paltrow wrote a cookbook, "My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness," which she told East Hampton Patch in 2011 was inspired by her father, Bruce Paltrow.

Another author Christina Oxenberg also detailed the actress' arrival with her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, in her blog. "Then the divinity in question arrived with hubby, children and a couple of massive bodyguards. The worshippers blocked my view of the whole world, abusing my tiny territory upon which to abandon their trash or lean their sorry asses," Oxenberg wrote.

To the contrary, Dennis Fabiszak, the library director, said.

In an email to The Journal, he said:

“There was not a disturbance at the event. Gwyneth helped raise a lot of money for the East Hampton Library. She signed a lot of books for guests at the event. We are very thankful to Gwyneth and all the other great authors and look forward to having them back next year,”

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Nanci e. LaGarenne August 16, 2013 at 09:19 AM
see? I could have gone with Dragger from my book, Cheap Fish, and taken the spotlight away from poor Gwyneth and Chris and the bodyguards. Maybe next year we local writers who write about local places and characters can be invited. We hope.

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