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The Hay-Adams Author Series Welcomed Christopher Buckley
The Hay-Adams Author Series Welcomed Christopher Buckley

On Friday, September 20, 2013The Hay-Adams Author Series welcomed Christopher Buckley, author, satirist and Forbes editor, to discuss his novels including his latest, They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?, while dining with guests at The Top of the Hay, the Hotel’s elegant rooftop spaces overlooking the White House. This Author Series event coincided with the Library of Congress National Book Festival on the National Mall.

Hans Bruland, Vice President and General Manager of The Hay-Adams, hosted the Author Series, along with Jonathan Yardley, book critic at The Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize recipient. A selection of Buckley’s books were available to purchase. 

Among the guests were authors Evan Thomas and James SwansonWashington Post's Martin BaronMarie Arana and Ron Charles, Jr., as well as David HeenanSelwa "Lucky" RooseveltJames Kimsey, and Jane Cicala.

The three-course meal prepared by The Hay-Adams Executive Chef Peter Schaffrath and Pastry Chef Josh Short included: 1. Crab Fritter, Baby Romaine, Heirloom Tomatoes and Caesar Dressing; 2. Black Angus Filet Mignon, Maitre d' Hotel Butter, Truffle Twice Baked Potato, Haricot Verts, Toasted Marcona Almonds; and 3. Warm Peach Cake, Creme Fraiche Ice Cream, Toasted Meringue. Guest also enjoyed Baileyana Chardonnay 2010 and NxNW Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.

About the Author Series and The Hay-Adams

Created in 2005 by Kay Enokido, former president of The Hay-Adams, the Author Series recognizes the country’s greatest writers and brings back a tradition started by John Hay and Henry Adams, whose houses once sat at the site of the Hotel. The Hay-Adams Author Series combines this unparalleled location and fine food and drink with lively conversations from some of the most distinguished authors of today including Isabel Allende, Maya Angelou, Marie Arana, Robert Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Jenna Bush, Ron Chernow, John Feinstein, John Grisham, Tony Horwitz, Walter Isaacson, Marcus Mabry, David McCullough, Robert Merry, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Patricia O’Toole, and John Taliaferro.

Located at Sixteenth and H Streets at Lafayette Park across from the White House, The Hay-Adams is Washington’s finest luxury hotel and one of the most historic and celebrated properties in the world. The Hotel offers 145 rooms and suites, many with White House views. It has won numerous awards for its impeccable service and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, an exclusive group of discriminating luxury hotels worldwide. For more information, visit www.hayadams.com and follow The Hay-Adams on Facebook www.facebook.com/TheHayAdams and Twitter @HayAdamsHotel.

About Christopher Buckley

After graduating from Yale University in 1975, Buckley became managing editor of Esquire magazine before moving to Washington, DC in 1981. After working as the chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush, he wrote his first novel The White House Mess, a satire on White House office politics. He went on to write additional satires including Thank You for Smoking about the tobacco industry, which was adapted into a movie in 2006, and the humorous Little Green Men about UFOs. Buckley’s No Way To Treat A First LadyFlorence of Arabia and Supreme Courtship have political themeswhile his one serious book, Wet work, is about a billionaire avenging his granddaughter’s death. Currently an editor at Forbes, he has written for additional national publications including The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Washington PostThe New Yorker and Vanity Fair.

Photos by Dan Chung for The Hay-Adams