Tickets are available now for $75 and $250:
Hosted by Diane von Furstenburg, Monday Nov, 3rd
7:oopm sharp, 440 W 14th Street, NYC
Join us for our annual Spelling Bee benefit, and witness a slew of stalwart star spellers show their stuff in support of CLMP, a non-profit providing everything from marketing help to fundraising guidance for independent literary publishers.
New York Times “Style Section” columnist and author (Assisted Loving) Bob Morris emcees, while Jesse Sheidlower, Oxford English Dictionary Editor-at-Large (and author of The F Word), supplies the vicious vocabulary and judges this showdown of dictionarial dukes.
Meg Wolitzer (The Position) returns to defend her fabulous aluminum foil crown, Michael Cunningham (Specimen Days) returns to prove that he really can spell after all, and Alex Kuczynski returns to continue her investigation into whether or not she is really the victim of a spelling bee cabal. Other spellers include Top Design’s Jonathan Adler, HarperCollins Publisher Jonathan Burnham, Publishers Weekly Editor-in-Chief Sara Nelson, Village Voicer Michael Musto (La Dolce Musto), Accompanied Literary Society founder Brooke Geahan, and Village Voice restaurant critic Robert Seitsema, along with authors David Carr (The Night of the Gun), Brad Gooch (Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Conner), Heidi Julavitz (The Uses of Enchantment), Wayne Koestenbaum (Hotel Theory), Honor Moore (The Bishop’s Daughter), Judith Thurman (Cleopatra’s Nose), and Susan Orlean (Little Lazy Loafers).
Diane von Furtenberg is sponsoring the event, along with Random House, Doubleday, Oxford University Press, Sterling Lord Literistic, Consortium Book Sales, Private Capital Solutions Group, Market Partners International, Kate Spade, Levenger, Spice Market and others. Founded in 1967, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) serves the community of independent literary publishers by providing direct technical assistance, advocating on their behalf, and engaging diverse communities of readers through public programs.