Thursday, November 30, 2006

BE a Know-It-All

BeansTalk Note: We have this book and love it. It’s a great gift, fun and informative.

Authors and conversation starter experts David Matalon & Chris Woolsey have written the ultimate handbook (and perfect holiday gift) to help you always have something intelligent to say at cocktail parties. Their brand new book The Concise Guide to Sounding Smart at Parties was called “perfect for your mental make-over” by SELF Magazine and the authors have been the subject of popular and highly rated interviews on Playboy & Maxim Radio this month.

We’ve all been there…You're at a party surrounded by people you'd love to impress, when quite suddenly, you're asked a question thought to be common knowledge, and you realize you're clueless. Never again! With this handy guide, you'll be inundated with facts covering everything from war to philosophy & politics to literature, arming you with an entire arsenal of intelligent conversation. In fourteen pain-free, laughter-filled chapters, the authors brush away years of cobwebs on subjects as wide-ranging as the typical round of Jeopardy: science, the arts, business, literature, music, religion, and more. The book cleverly covers these topics and historical figures from the History of Rap, Ameilia Aerheart, Coco Channel and the Marquis De Sade and then teaches you how to actually drop this information into casual conversation so you sound like the smartest one at the party. Publishers Weekly said “The research is impressive and bound to give cocktail conversationalists more than enough intellectual amuninition for a lifetime of parties.”

To celebrate the launch of their new book, authors David Matalon & Chris Woolsey joined some of the top agents, managers, writers, directors, producers, actors, TV, film and music execs to kick off the holiday season in style at Hollywood hot spot Vanguard (located at 6021 Hollywood Blvd.) on Tuesday, November 14, 2006. Vanguard was transformed into a snowy Winter Wonderland with the sexy Santa’s Helpers dancers along with high-flying aerialist performers and DJ sets by Goldfingers, DJ Magic Wong and DJ Echo. Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails provided by Everglo, energy drinks provided by Monster Energy and gourmet treats while they mixed and mingled with young Hollywood’s finest.

Since David & Chris wanted to encourage their readers to get in the spirit of the holidays and help the less fortunate children in Los Angeles have a brighter holiday season, we collected new and unwrapped toys for girls and boys ages 6 months to 14 years old that are supported by the amazing work of The Children’s Institute and Los Angeles Team Mentoring. We collected toys for 522 children at the party to be distributed for the holidays.

About the authors: DAVID MATALON is a film and TV screenwriter who directed the acclaimed film Eddy, starring James Gandolfini, as well as several award-winning short features. Chris Woolsey is a freelance writer who has worked for Sony Pictures, Columbia Tri-Star, and tours the country as a youth speaker. As an actor Chris has appeared on such shows as “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “One On One”.

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