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March 31, 2013

“I have a long bio here that I have created which I am not going to read to you,” said Richard Rymland, co-host with wife Catherine Wyler at a book party in their home for Jim Conaway’s “Nose”: A Novel.

“I have a great affection for his work.  Usually people invite you to a book party so you’ll buy the book.  I feel like Cathy and I invited you here tonight because this book is really fun and a great read, so this is a treat for all of you.  If you don’t buy this book, you’ll be missing a fabulous laugh. 

In Jim’s earlier books, of which there are many, one sticks in my mind, “Memphis Afternoon,” which was the first time reading a book where I found myself sobbing in my bathroom.” 

“That is about the best thing you could say about an author,” replied Conaway.

“It’s hard to know what to say about the subject matter of the book. We all think we know what Napa Valley is about and it’s often obnoxious. 

The two ways of thinking about it is … it’s sort of helpful if you’re going to read my novel to know … one is that Napa and places like it are really big hot tubs stuffed full of naked little Gatsby’s who are all trying to stand up and shake it and be noted.


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ELLE Meets Italy!

March 26, 2013

“Hosting this event, as some of you may know, is very significant. It’s particularly significant this year. You may ask why. Well, the reason is that 2013 is the year of Italian culture in the United States. We will bring art, design and fashion, and also Italian creativity and innovation to the United States. Once again, fashion and design play such an important role in everything that has to do with Italy and our creativity and our innovation,” said The Ambassador of Italy, Claudio Bisogniero.

The “ELLE & GUCCI” evening at Firenze House honored the “DC Power List 2013.”  The list: Dr. Jill Biden, Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn, Michelle Freeman, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Maria Teresa Kumar, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Susan McCue, Andrea Mitchell, Susan Molinari and Jessica Yellin.


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Harvest of Empire

March 24, 2013

Harvest of Empire is a breakthrough documentary in the way it connects the historical interaction between the US and Latin America with the immigration debate. Using rarely seen newsreel footage and interviews with prominent migrants from countries in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America, the film puts a human face on an issue too often reduced to vulgar stereotyping. It has the effect of changing the discourse from one of “illegality” to “historical truth.” Production Notes 

Harvest of Empire opened at Regal Majestic Stadium 20 in Silver Spring on March 15th to such good reviews it has been extended for another week.

Holllywood on the Potomac sat down with producer Wendy Thompson and co-director Eduardo Lopez prior to the opening.


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