Wine + Words


Featuring Lucy Kalanithi in conversation with Ann Patchett

Highlighting the #1 New York Times Bestseller
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | 6-10pm
Hotel Jerome Grand Ballroom

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Summer Soirée! Revisit the stories and insights from Lucy Kalanithi and Ann Patchett in the video below. Click here to view photos from the evening.

2016 Summer Soirée Attendees

Linda Aikens
Welby Altidor
Esther Amini
Charles Anderson
Laura Armstrong
Carol and Robert Auld
Dean Bakopoulos
Claudia and Richard Balderston
Ellie Barber
Edie and Austin Barvin
Brian and Amiee White Beazley
Sallie and Tom Bernard
Kristen and Charles Bieler
Janice Blanchard
Keren Blankfeld
Suzanne Bober
Kitty Boone
Richard and Susan Braddock
Marc Breslin
Lilly Bright
Robert Brinker
Adrienne Brodeur
Sam Brown
Sarah Burnes
Michele Cardamone
Tara Carson
David and Kathy Chase
Richard Check
Chip Chilson
Megan Clark
Tom Clark
Janet Clark
Sandy and Michael Collins
Julie Comins
Camille Cook
Judy Cox
Pam Cunningham
Robin Danell
Annie Denver
Leslie DeRosa
Caroline DeRosa
Katie Devine
Susan Dragone
Andrew Dunigan
Nancy Dunlap
Martha Durgy
Sarah Eisner
Lauren Elia
Explore Booksellers
Joan Fabry
Barbara Fergus
David Field
Jamie Field
William Field
Amanda Foushee
Muni Fry
Lady Fuller
Jessica and John Fullerton
Peggy Gerber
Arlene Gerety
Elliot Gerson
Carla Ginsburg
Barbara Gold
Julie Goldstein
Susal Golomb
Christy Gosnell
Pamela Gross
Leigh Haber
Wendy Hahn
Ivy Hansen
Naomi Havlen
Emily Hawkins
Wendy Hayden
Rebecca Henry
Jessica Herzstein
Mary Hirsch
Lawrence and Sharon Hite
George Hodgman
Ryan Honey
Ann Hood
Sue Hopkinson
Gail Hornstein
Diane and Bill Hunckler
Bill and Ellen Hunt
Laura Hutcheson
Walter Isaacson
Martha Jackson
Jane Jenkins
Pamela Joseph
Sherene Joseph
Steve and Linda Kahn
Lucy Kalanathi
Jackie Kaplan
Gerri Karetsky
Christine Karnes
Jill Kaufman
Collins Kelly
Michael Klein
Serena Koenig
Catherine Kohnke
Jamie Kravitz
Judy Kravitz
Marilyn Kreiger
Mo and Genevieve Lamee
Carrie Langdon
Marcella Larsen
Hoyt Ledet
Karen Levenson
Bruce Levenson
Scott Levenson
Tamara Levenson
George Lilly
Tito Liotta
Michael Lipkin
David Lipsky
Deanna Lites
Margaret Low Smith
Jane Lowery
Gina MacArthur
Alice Madden
A.L. Major
Nancy Manderson
Kim Master
Penny Meepos
Laurie Michaels
Wendy and Todd Mitchell
Beth Mondry
Lynda Montgomery
Barb and Lou Montresor
Alexandria Moore
Bob Morris
Eric Motley
Brian Murphy
Michael and Stephanie Naidoff
Stephen Narain
Larry Naughton
Patricia Neeb
Antonya Nelson
Ann Norwood
Alissa Nutting
Sue O’Bryan
Cathy O’Connell
Blanca O’Leary
Graham Oliver
Elaine Pagels
Pamela Paresky
Jerri and Ann Patchett
Charles and Fonda Patterson
Jeff and Lindsay Patterson
Catherine and John Pearson
Rowan Phillips
Greg Pickrell
Ann and Arny Porath
Renee Prince
Kate Raissian
Hillary Redmon
Barbara Reese
Lynda and Stewart Resnick
Kate Roberts
Lisanne Rogers
Stuart Rosenberg
Mark and Laura Ross
Tim Ryan
Jessia and Philip Salet
Ricardo Savi
Mary Scanlan
Karen Schaftel
Lorraine and Mark Schapiro
Zibby and Rick Schwartz
Maria Semple
Katherine Shah
Richard and Isa Catto Shaw
Richard and Sarah Shaw
Gordon Silver
Ira Silverberg
A.K. Small
Erica Sparkler
Silbi Stanton
Nicole Stanton
Anna Stein
Peter Steinberg
Mindee Stevenson
Darin Strauss
Jessica Suchon
Chloe Tabah
Marie Tavlin
Harry Teague
Allison Teal
Mark Tompkins
Tamara Tormohlen
Caroline Tory
Andrew Travers
Denny and Linda Vaughn
Peter Waanders
Becky Ward
Lynne Weinberg
Annette Gallagher Weisman
Kent Whinnery
Jan and Kirk Williams
Katie and Paul Wolfehagen

Guests enjoyed a reception featuring nine different wines paired with unique tasting notes crafted by the Summer Words literary luminaries. 

Tasting table
Special thanks to Kristen & Charles Bieler
The Winebow Group
Cape Classics
Bieler Père et Fils


 Kalanithi.interior ATA photo - Suszi Lurie McFaddenWHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR has been on top of the New York Times Bestseller list almost every week since its publication in early January. This profoundly moving memoir was written by Lucy’s late husband, Paul Kalanithi, a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a human life meaningful? Following his death in March 2015, Lucy shepherded Paul’s book to publication and wrote its stunning epilogue.



“This is one of a handful of books I consider to be a universal donor — I would recommend it to anyone, everyone.” — Ann Patchett

“Rattling, heartbreaking, and ultimately beautiful, the too-young Dr. Kalanithi’s memoir is proof that the dying are the ones who have the most to teach us about life.” — Atul Gawande

“[When Breath Becomes Air] split my head open with its beauty.” — Cheryl Strayed

Learn more in this New York Times interview: “Keeping Dr. Paul Kalanithi’s Voice Alive” 

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