Gotham’s lit crowd mingled with their West Coast counterparts during a series of parties tied into the Book Expo of America through the weekend. The festivities, which ran the gamut from intimate soirees to bigger bashes on at least one studio lot, made for interesting guest lists, as when Traci Lords chatted up “ER” mastermind Michael Crichton at HarperCollins’ bash on the Fox lot, and Michael Jackson stopped by Brett Ratner‘s party at Robert Evans‘ home.

Multihyphenates Bruce Wagner, Tracey Ullman and Harry Shearer were among those rubbing elbows at the packed New Yorker soiree at Chaya Brasserie in BevHills on Friday night. During Miramax Books’ intimate dinner party at House restaurant on Melrose Saturday night, Martin Amis and Jonathan Stroud shared angst about writing for Hollywood.

Amis talked about his four months writing drafts for “Mars Attacks!” that a producer told him “were too hip for the house.”

“You’re paid a lot,” he added, “but after the third draft you’re worth every penny.”

Harrison Ford, Steve Martin, Jonathan Dolgen, Jim Wyatt and Brian Grazer were among the elite revelers who gathered Thursday night to fete “Maneater,” a novel by Gigi Levange Grazer.

The event was hosted by Brian Lourd at his Bel-Air estate.

Meanwhile, Cheech Marin‘s promised promo appearance for “Straight Whiskey” went up in smoke at the Whiskey a Go-Go Thursday night. All-star bandmates Phil Jones of the Heartbreakers, Johnny Rivers and Terry Reid showed, but Joe Walsh was also a no-show.