Wolfhead: Graywolf meets Riverhead meets Party

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How do people make it through Book Expo America? By escaping the Javits Center and heading to parties and after parties and after after parties all over the city. “Wolfhead 2013,” hosted by Greywolf Press and Riverhead Books in the Copper Room of the Brass Monkey, was the kind of party where people would interrupt themselves mid-sentence and say, “Is that David Schickler? I love that guy. Hold my drink, I’m going to say hello.”

L: Lydia Hirt at Riverhead, Cameron Ackeroyd at Random House, author Emma Straub & Maris Kreizman of Slaughterhouse 90210

R: Lincoln Michel, Co-Editor of Gigantic, Parul Sehgal of the New York Times Book Review & Rose Friedman, NPR Books

The drink they were holding was likely a vodka/grapefruit juice combo usually referred to as a Greyhound but on this evening was knowns as a Wolf’s Head. As with any open bar, everyone drank until they forgot how awkward they were, or became even more awkward.

Later on crashers poured in from other (less fun) BEA parties, and who could blame them? They wanted to fête the fêted writers (and to fête in general): Kathryn Davis, Stacey D’Erasmo, Anton DiSclafani, Jessica Francis Kane, Chang-Rae Lee, Fiona Maazel, David Schickler and Meg Wolitzer. We raised a glass to glass raising, to writing, and to survival of another BEA.
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–Sean Campbell lives, writes, and occasionally updates his blog in Bed-Stuy

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