Fashion Forward

More than 100 multigenerational attendees came to a December 2 event for The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion, (Razorbill) held at B&N Tribeca. The panelists were (l. to r.) Drew Elovitz, social media manager at Teen Vogue; Elaine Welteroth, Teen Vogue’s beauty and health director; Phillip Lim, designer; Leandra Medine, founder of fashion and lifestyle site; and Amy Astley, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, who moderated the discussion about their experiences as fashion entrepreneurs and breaking into the fashion industry.

You’re a Generous One, Mr. Grinch

Mike DeSanto, owner of Phoenix Bookstores in Essex and Burlington, Vt., launched a food drive on November 30 with Meet the Grinch events at both store locations. Visitors were invited to “grow your heart three sizes” and to donate nonperishable foods at the store, which will be donated to hungry families in the community. The food drive runs through December 22 and DeSanto promises to make a cash donation equal to the value of food donations, which will also go toward helping families in need.

A Soulful Serenade

Violinist Gretchen Kamm and cellist Alma Wosner, both first graders at the Special Music School in New York City, performed at a musical event at Bank Street Bookstore on November 30. The musicians were there to serenade the launch of The Music Parents’ Survival Guide, a companion book to The Young Musician’s Guide, which was revised and expanded in 2008. Both books are written by Amy Nathan, published by Oxford University Press. Both Gretchen and Alma are students at the Special Music School in New York City. Also playing at the event was Jonah Kreitner, who studies jazz violin at the Bloomingdale School of Music.

Pretty as a Picture

Middle-grade author Allison Gutknecht enjoyed a large turnout for the launch party for Never Wear Lipstick on Picture Day (And Other Lessons I’ve Learned, Aladdin), illustrated by Stevie Lewis, the new title in her series starring eight-year-old Mandy Berr. Gutknecht wrote the latest story about Mandy after being inspired by a real-life family friend’s daughter, Lexie Crossland, seen here with her copy of the book.