David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

5 Mar, 2008

Book parties, art openings, and Italian cuisine

Christian and Gillian Hearst Simonds hosted a book launch party for Tom Dolby and his new novel “The Sixth Form" last week at the Rugby Ralph Lauren store on University Place.

The young, the hip, the restless (and the listless); they were all there in yakky khaki munching on Peanut Butter and Jelly sangwiches, grilled cheese, popcorn (all from Dean & DeLuca, and of course the wine and booze for the kiddies). Johnny Dynell played and played.

This is the way the author wanted it, right in the heart of downtown (well, sort of) where the ole gang hang. All excellent. So too, the reviews: Publisher's Weekly wrote of the man's second novel: “Dolby puts his own prep school experience to fine use in his second novel...beautifully observed...[The novel is] a reminder how close disaster always is when you're 17.” And bitter sweet memories by 27. Except for those PBJ and vodka gimlets.

Guy Harley and Alison Minton