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The Look Book Goes to Zibby Owens’s Book Party

Two hundred people visited her Upper East Side apartment to celebrate her first novel, Blank.

Photo: Frankie Alduino
Photo: Frankie Alduino

Tristana Waltz (pictured above)
Mom, Upper East Side

How long have you known Zibby?
I’ve known her for a little over a decade, since before she put together her podcast, Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, even. Initially, our kids were in summer camp together.

Are you a big reader?
I love to read, but I find it difficult with life taking over and my own personal projects and all that. I only have one child, but I can use that excuse, too, right? I will read Zibby’s book, but I haven’t read it yet. I tend to read books that are more in the category of self-help — something that has to do with
soul work, if you will.

How did you pick your outfit for the party?
Well, that’s pretty easy for me. I always wear black. There’s no new black. Black is the best; it just feels beautiful and real, and your face pops. And I wore my cowboy boots — I mean, I love my cowboy boots. And, of course, it was an Upper East Side luncheon, so I paired it with a Kelly bag. That’s the Gemini in me, I guess.

Caroline Waxler

Comedy writer, Upper West Side

Andrea Yaryura Clark

Author, Dumbo

Cin Fabré

Author and producer, Downtown Brooklyn 


Was the party fun?

Listen, it’s a lot of authors. If I’m being honest with you, I don’t necessarily get along with other authors all the time. I’m an extrovert. A lot of authors, they’re not, so it can be awkward because they can write these amazing stories down on paper but when you talk to them, they’re not that fascinating.

Stephen Diamond

Biotech executive, Garment District 


Meet anyone interesting?

Tali Weinstein, who ran for Manhattan DA, was there. She and I chatted. I met an author who worked for Jordan Belfort — the subject of The Wolf of Wall Street. She came out with her own book about it, and it was just optioned for a movie. Zibby always gets an eclectic group of people together.

Holly MacDonald

Chief investment officer, Morningside Heights

Amy M. Yamamoto

Painter, Upper East Side

Miriam Padberg-Owens

Design-firm partner, Upper East Side

Nicola Kraus

Writer, Cobble Hill

Elizabeth Kurpis

Fashion lawyer, Sutton Place

Katie Rodriguez

Stay-at-home mom, Upper West Side

Richie Jackson

Writer, Brooklyn Heights

Zibby Owens

Author and podcaster, Upper East Side


How does it feel to be the woman of the hour?

Great. My husband, Kyle, threw this for me because I’m always throwing book parties for everyone else. I invited people I grew up with, people I raised my kids with, and then authors who were podcast guests of mine. Oh, and I’ve had the same dental hygienist since I was 4 years old, Frannie. She came.

Gigi Stone Woods

News anchor and media trainer, Upper East Side

Ali Rosen

Novelist and cookbook author, Greenwich Village

Amanda McCormick Bacal

Fashion-marketing executive, Upper West Side

Avery Sheffield

Chief investment officer, Upper West Side

Chloe Melas

News correspondent, Pelham Manor


What’s her apartment like?

Her apartment is something that dreams are made of. It reminds me of Meryl Streep’s townhouse in The Devil Wears Prada. There was plenty of space, and I found myself looking around wishing I had a place like that.

Nicole Harris

Mom, Upper East Side

Photographs by Frankie Alduino

Caroline Waxler

Comedy writer, Upper West Side

Andrea Yaryura Clark

Author, Dumbo

Cin Fabré

Author and producer, Downtown Brooklyn 


Was the party fun?

Listen, it’s a lot of authors. If I’m being honest with you, I don’t necessarily get along with other authors all the time. I’m an extrovert. A lot of authors, they’re not, so it can be awkward because they can write these amazing stories down on paper but when you talk to them, they’re not that fascinating.

Stephen Diamond

Biotech executive, Garment District 


Meet anyone interesting?

Tali Weinstein, who ran for Manhattan DA, was there. She and I chatted. I met an author who worked for Jordan Belfort — the subject of The Wolf of Wall Street. She came out with her own book about it, and it was just optioned for a movie. Zibby always gets an eclectic group of people together.

Holly MacDonald

Chief investment officer, Morningside Heights

Amy M. Yamamoto

Painter, Upper East Side

Miriam Padberg-Owens

Design-firm partner, Upper East Side

Nicola Kraus

Writer, Cobble Hill

Elizabeth Kurpis

Fashion lawyer, Sutton Place

Katie Rodriguez

Stay-at-home mom, Upper West Side

Richie Jackson

Writer, Brooklyn Heights

Zibby Owens

Author and podcaster, Upper East Side


How does it feel to be the woman of the hour?

Great. My husband, Kyle, threw this for me because I’m always throwing book parties for everyone else. I invited people I grew up with, people I raised my kids with, and then authors who were podcast guests of mine. Oh, and I’ve had the same dental hygienist since I was 4 years old, Frannie. She came.

Gigi Stone Woods

News anchor and media trainer, Upper East Side

Ali Rosen

Novelist and cookbook author, Greenwich Village

Amanda McCormick Bacal

Fashion-marketing executive, Upper West Side

Avery Sheffield

Chief investment officer, Upper West Side

Chloe Melas

News correspondent, Pelham Manor


What’s her apartment like?

Her apartment is something that dreams are made of. It reminds me of Meryl Streep’s townhouse in The Devil Wears Prada. There was plenty of space, and I found myself looking around wishing I had a place like that.

Nicole Harris

Mom, Upper East Side

Photographs by Frankie Alduino

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