The launch party for Christina Meldrum's debut novel, Madapple, was one of the most gracious affairs I have ever attended. Imagine a large estate nestled among the oaks in Ross, Ca. Stone steps led down to a pool and terrace, where everyone gathered to hear Christina read from her book.
It was the end of a three-day heat wave in the Bay Area. In honor of the book, the hostess served Madapple martinis and white sangria loaded with fruit.
There were lots of Bay Area writers on hand to celebrate including Ellen Sussman, Katia Noyes, Meg Waite Clayton, Bridget Kinsella, Allison Hoover Bartlett, and Julia Flynn Siler, among other. Pam Feinsilber, senior editor of San Francisco Magazine, was also there.