What: Inprint Poets & Writers Ball
Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
PC Moment: New York Times bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld delighted the gathering of 375 bookworms with a talk on her upcoming story collection and a reading from one of those stories set in Houston. She also shared the challenge of writing Eligible, the contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Before dinner, three Inprint fellowship and prize recipients — Hayan Charara, Bradford Hipps, and Janine Joseph — gave salon style readings from their work. As is tradition, table hosts dressed their tables in various literary themes. A special treat — Cafe Annie chef Robert Del Grande, an avid reader and Inprint friend, designed a three-course menu and composed a menu “memoir” for the back of the menu card.
Who: Chairs Claire and Robert Campbell and Kelly and Michael Sklar, board chair Christina Bryan and Trey Peacock, board president Eleanor Gilbane and Dan Gilbane; plus Sabria and Kevin Lewis, Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, Robin Angley and Miles Smith, Kartharine Barthelme, Jeff Beauchamp, Andrea and Bill White, Kristina Van Dyke and Jeff Fort, Bobbi and Vic Samuels, and Barbara and Louis Sklar.