Gwyneth Paltrow draws criticism at literary event

Gwyneth Paltrow, 40, received a negative response from her peers when she attended the East Hampton Library’s 9th Annual Authors Night on Saturday to promote her cookbook, It’s All Good. Christina Oxenberg, author of Life Is Short, wrote a negative review on her blog regarding the Oscar-winning actress’ presence at the event. “Due to the inflexibility of the alphabet I had the questionable good fortune to be seated directly beside Gwyneth Paltrow,” she wrote. “The divinity in question arrived with hubby, children, and a couple of massive bodyguards. The worshippers blocked my view of the whole world, abusing my tiny territory upon which to abandon their trash or lean their sorry asses.”

Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell also shared a similar sentiment towards the frenzy surrounding Paltrow. “Author’s worst nightmare: sitting next to Gwyneth at a signing. Hysterical,” she tweeted. Fellow author Jay McInerney also took to social media. “Author’s night at East Hampton Library highjacked by movie stars with ghost-written cookbooks,” tweeted McInerney, referencing the New York Times‘ multiple allegations that Paltrow does not actually write her own books. Paltrow has previously denied the paper’s claims, tweeting: “Love @nytimes dining section but this weeks facts need checking. No ghost writer on my cookbook, I wrote every word myself.” ~Alfonso Espina

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  1. Jo • August 15, 2013 @ 4:01 PM

    So let me get this straight. Gwyneth Paltrow, who is something of a healthy food guru, also happens to be a movie star. This means that she can’t take her family, or even go herself to a signing of her own book? The presence of bodyguards would be due the the insanity of the paparazzi. I’m quite positive Ms. Paltrow’s tribe would rather travel without them. As for Ms. Bushnell etc. I would not recognize any of these people if I passed them on the street. Is this, perhaps, the problem?

  2. Rob • August 15, 2013 @ 6:22 PM

    I agree with Jo. Perhaps the other authors should examine their motives (envy?) or they could have moved their seats or mingled or simply left if it was so uncomfortable for them. A little empathy might be in order as well. Although celebrities lead a great life, the fame and accompanying need of some people to know every single thing about them leads to the need for bodyguards. It’s a sad commentary on life today that there is no respect for anyone’s privacy. I’ve had the great good fortune to run into several celebrities at different times when I didn’t expect to. Common courtesy and politeness goes a long way. We’re all just people after all.

  3. Jen • August 15, 2013 @ 8:56 PM

    It wasn’t an event to promote HER book, it was an event for authors.

  4. Janet • August 16, 2013 @ 9:50 AM

    It sounds like she took over the event. My sympathy lies with the other authors. They were completely overlooked just because a movie star was there. And she’s not even an author.

  5. Snepts • August 16, 2013 @ 11:34 AM

    She’s written a book, Janet — THAT makes her an author.

  6. Biff Penmanship • August 16, 2013 @ 1:43 PM

    In the words of Cosmo Kramer…heeeeyyyym, cat fight!

  7. aly • August 17, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

    The organizers could have been a little conscious of the fact that she needed some extra protection, so they could have, should have placed her table in an area that wouldn’t block off any other authors at the event. Don’t blame her!

  8. Marq • August 18, 2013 @ 5:34 AM

    Dear Gwyneth is well aware of the frenzy she causes. She arrived late and disrupted the flow of things like a queen arriving to the ball. She knew perfectly well what she was doing, and she probably planned it that way.

    Unfortunately, the other attendees had to put up with her, and the public is as much to blame for making a fuss over her presence. I suggest the organizers give her a miss next time, she hardly needs the publicity a book signing provides. People would buy her book even if it was blank inside, sort of like she is.

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