Book Talk: Killing Monica

by Laura

‘Sex and the City’ author Candace Bushnell launches her latest book at the trendy POV rooftop.

Story and photos by Diba Mohtasham

'Sex and the City' author Candace Bushnell signs copies of her latest book 'Killing Monica' at the POV Lounge. (Photo by Diba Mohtasham)

‘Sex and the City’ author Candace Bushnell signs copies of her latest book ‘Killing Monica’ at the POV rooftop. (Photo by Diba Mohtasham)

The month of July is already hot, hot, hot and no one knows how to bring the heat better than author Candace Bushnell. We kicked off the summer by celebrating the launch of Bushnell’s latest book, “Killing Monica,” last Wednesday night. It was only fitting to hold the book signing of the international best-selling author at the glamorous POV rooftop, notorious for being the spot where politicians go for after-work drinks to see and be seen.

Bushnell is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels “Sex and the City” and “The Carrie Diaries,” both of which were adapted into hit television series. She made her start writing the “Sex and the City” column for The New York Observer. Sound familiar?

Bushnell with WL intern Diba Mohtasham

Bushnell with WL intern Diba Mohtasham

Wearing a chic all-white pantsuit and her blonde hair pin-straight, Bushnell is like the real-life version of her most famous fictional character, Carrie Bradshaw, who also got her big break writing a column called “Sex and the City” for the fictional New York Star. In “Killing Monica,” Pandy “PJ” Wallis is a middle-aged novelist who has received much success from her Monica novels, which depict the beloved character making her way in Manhattan.

“Well, I think that this book is more broadly comic in the sense that the characters are involved with an explosion and her hair burns off. And I had so much fun trying to work on the plot,” said Bushnell.

While Bushnell denies that the protagonist has anything to do with her or her past works, certain elements of the story are curiously familiar. “It really relates to how we all create a persona, especially today in the age of social media,” said Bushnell. “We put our best self on Facebook and Instagram. Everybody’s always happy and they’re always on vacation.”

Perhaps most of the fans in attendance were creating a persona that night, getting a taste of the glamour of the celebrity social scene in New York. For anyone addicted to the world of popular culture, celebrities, and fame, this new witty novel is the perfect summer read.

View from the W Hotel's rooftop POV Lounge.

View from the W Hotel’s rooftop.

 Killing Monica is available for purchase on Amazon and Kindle.

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