First there's the reception and then there's the event. Unless, of course, you are of the opinion the reception is the event and listening to writers reading from their own newly or recently published and/or written work is optional.
Shalom and Orange opened their home on behalf of the publication- on paper - of a new issue of Sensitive Skin. They welcomed a large group of guests: friends; writers; artists; performers; musicians; teachers and so on.
There were people there I knew, whose faces are fun to photograph, including Jim Feast, who wasn't the MC - that was going to be Buddy Meisler, the boss at Sensitive Skin - and Carl Watson, who later would be reading from his newest novel. Carl isn't only fun to photograph, he's an excellent writer and a terrific reader of his own fiction. There were some people I've met only once or twice before, and some new faces, too. Drew Hubner, who would be reading from his book, was a new face. A pair of Brazilian videographers - a couple and I believe they a both videographers, I met once before. She s an enthusiastic and outing type. Her partner was considerably more reserved.