Atwitter with Dan Stevens: House of SpeakEasy

January 30, 2015 11:39 PM

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"Are there any thespians in the house?" asked Simon Doonan at City Winery for the 2nd annual House of SpeakEasy gala on Wednesday night, looking for sympathy. The writer and window dresser long associated with Barney's (he's now the store's creative ambassador at large), had launched into his story about having been tapped for the part of Nigel in the movie of The Devil Wears Prada, a good choice in everyone's estimation, but he had reservations. "It's the role of the helpful homosexual," he quipped, "and I'm not that helpful." Concluding they were merely picking his brain, "Nigel" did in fact go to a thespian, Stanley Tucci, and yes, there were at least three thespians present in a roomful of writers and other book lovers: Uma Thurman, Jim Dale and Dan Stevens.

Riffing on the theme of "Runnin' Wild," Doonan was one of three featured performers for the event celebrating an organization dedicated to supporting writers, building new literary audiences, and connecting the two in entertaining ways. Another speaker was Susan Fales-Hill, a memoirist and writer fo...

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