Book parties divide into two categories: one where you’re expected to buy the literary masterpiece, the other where it’s given.
Barry Diller hosted a sterling example of the latter Thursday evening at L.A.’s Book Soup Bistro (which is adjacent to Ticketmaster headquarters, one of his companies) for his friend Diane Von Furstenberg, who said she wrote “Diane: A Signature Life” because “it’s been a wild ride, an interesting story and I wanted to say it in my own words.”
The fashion designer called her book “more than a business memoir because my business is so linked to my personal life, but the thread I took was my business.” She hoped her tome wouldn’t “look like one big testimonial, but would be inspiring. And that’s seemed to have happened. It’s inspiring for women, I think.”
As she signed copies she added that “as much as it might not be believable, I don’t like to talk about myself.”
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Among those who came to talk to Von Furstenberg were Michael and Jane Eisner, Bob Daly and Carole Bayer Sager, Terry Semel, John Calley, David Geffen, Ron Meyer, Joe Roth, Sid Sheinberg, Candice Bergen, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, Bert Fields, Bryan Lourd, Ed Limato and Suzanne DePasse.
As for the host, when he was asked about his privacy and being discussed in the book, Diller smiled and said, “It’s a violation of my life, but all for a good cause.”