On Sunday night, my gal pal Beth and I attended A Prologue to the Book Festival of the MJCCA author talk and book signing featuring Candace Bushnell. She is the acclaimed author of “Sex in the City” and was in town to talk about her new book, “Is There Still Sex in the City?”
Prologue events bring a prestigious array of authors to the Atlanta community before the Book Festival officially begins.
The gym at the Marcus JCC was filled primarily with women on girl’s night out, waiting to hear what Bushnell had to say about her new book, and about dating in general. The women in attendance were absolutely excited to be there. The lights went down and Bushnell ran onto the stage, up to the podium and promptly read an excerpt out of her book that had the audience chuckling.
She then sat down in her chair, throwing her feet in the air showing off her hot pink stilettos, and a began the conversation with Emily Griffin, the New York Times best-selling author of “All We Ever Wanted” and “Something Borrowed.”
One of the main themes in Bushnell’s new book is female friendships. Bushnell shared with us that “you have to be real and make time for friends. Women lose touch with their friends when they get married and have kids, and this book is about women coming back together.”
Bushnell told humorous tales about growing up in Glastonbury, Conn., with her two sisters, and stories about attending Rice University and New York University. She told us what it was like moving to New York City before she was 20 and how it has always felt like home to her. Bushnell also reminisced about writing her column, “Sex in the City” for the New York Observer and being on the set of the TV series the first few years.
When it was time for audience questions, a woman at the microphone asked Bushnell what it was like working with men when she started out in her career, and about the #MeToo movement. She briefly talked about a few experiences she had, claiming that’s why she chose to freelance for women at magazines such as Mademoiselle and Self.
Bushnell is a strong, funny lady, full of energy with an impeccable fashion sense. It was truly entertaining listening to her speak about her new book.