CQ Roll Call‘s Rebecca Gale celebrated the official launch of her new novel Trying at The Science Club last night. Though the venue was a bit
cozy and broiling (i.e. perfect for a hot yoga class), plenty of Gale’s newsroom colleagues and friends showed up to offer support.
Asked if there was one journalist Gale would want to read her book, she named co-worker Neda Semnani. “She gives great book reviews,” Gale said, adding that Semnani, who co-writes the Heard on the Hill gossip column, would offer an “honest assessment” of the book.
Gale also named her former boss Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) as someone who should read it. “He would love it,” she said. (That’s somewhat intriguing, considering the book is a love story involving government secrets. Hmm…)
There were plenty of finger foods and bevys at the soiree, much of which was unidentifiable at first glance. But the best part was the tiny cupcakes, decorated with little edible versions of Gale’s book.
The cupcakes, we’re told, were enjoyed by CQ Roll Call Publisher Peter Anthony’s two young boys, who were told upon entering by Anthony to “stand right here” against a wall…
Presumably, the boys were eventually allowed to move and enjoy the cupcakes along with everyone else.
Gale told FishbowlDC her book, though largely representative of the typical type-A, career-obsessed Washington worker bees, doesn’t contain any characters that resemble people she knows in real life.
Gale happily signed copies of her book, which was sold at the event for $15 a copy. It publishes Dec. 10.
Notables: CQ/Roll Call‘s David Hawkings, Warren Rojas, Megan McCoskey, Marie Kilroy, Aaron Balogun and Jason Dick; NPR’s Scott Montgomery; Center for American Progress’ Andrew Satter; NJ‘s Fawn Johnson; Ryan Donmoyer, formerly with Bloomberg; Vince Morris and Jocelyn Moore of Sen. Rockefeller’s office; New Media Strategies’ Tom Donnelly; Politico‘s Braden Wright; Mobilizing.org’s Amber Goodwin; and Gale’s sister, Sarah Gale, visiting from New York City.
Quotable: “I actually used to have lighter hair, so that might be it.”– Gale, after being told we recalled her having blond hair.