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‘Chanel Bonfire’ Book Party

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On January 10, join author Wendy Lawless for cocktails, light bites and a reading from her harrowing new memoir.

  • ‘Chanel Bonfire’ Book Party
  • ‘Chanel Bonfire’ Book Party
  • ‘Chanel Bonfire’ Book Party
  • ‘Chanel Bonfire’ Book Party
  • ‘Chanel Bonfire’ Book Party

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  • One ticket to Wendy Lawless’ “Chanel Bonfire” book party in Plein Sud Restaurant's Toro Lounge on Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 6:30–8:30 PM
  • Light bites
  • Cocktails provided by VeeV
  • Signed copy of “Chanel Bonfire”
  • Reading from “Chanel Bonfire” by Lawless plus Q&A

What we love

  • Toast the debut of this riveting new memoir by actress Wendy Lawless. The book tells the story of her captivating but unstable mother, who lived the glamorous life in the ‘60s and ‘70s in New York, London, Paris and Morocco (Lawless and her sister in tow) before hitting bottom.
  • This book memoir has it all: glamour and glitz; fairy tales gone awry; wrenching, psychological drama; and at the center, the story of one family fractured by the misguided search for the American dream.
  • Bringing both the palette and the spirit of Southern France to Tribeca, Plein Sud is a gem of a brasserie nestled within the chic Smyth Hotel. The subterranean Toro lounge features framed matador capes and a real pair of bull’s horns hanging from the walls.

What to know

  • Redeem on: Thursday, January 10, 2013
  • This offer is subject to Terms and Conditions
  • Names will be on a guest list (under the name of the purchaser)
  • Offer is final sale and non-refundable
  • Please print your Gilt City voucher and bring it with you to the event
  • Must be 21+ to attend; no children
  • To learn moreabout the book, please click here


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About “Chanel Bonfire” by Wendy Lawless

How fabulous would it be to have Holly Golightly for a mother, a mink-coat-wearing, Dunhill-smoking, penthouse-living bon vivant with the world wrapped around her gloved finger? Such a childhood sounds irresistible—at least to those who haven’t read author Wendy Lawless’ compelling new memoir.

In her book, the stage actress and essayist charts the darkly comic underside of growing up in the shadow of a woman with all the icy beauty of a Hitchcock blonde and a temperament to match. To Lawless’ mother, parenting played a distant second fiddle to her inflated vision of glamour, which took her to thousands of parties on three continents. An all-American tragedy about the misguided search for fulfillment, “Chanel Bonfire” charts the downfall of a woman whose precious beauty was doomed to smash into pieces, threatening to take her daughters down along with her. The book’s “unmistakable message,” according to O Magazine, “is that though Lawless has, in some ways, led a privileged life, she never got the one thing she most wanted: her mother’s love.”

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