With offices in both Houston and New York and with his publisher based in Manhattan, it only made sense that trial lawyer David Berg would hold his book launch party at Michael's in Midtown West, the site of his first book signing a decade ago.
While his first tome (The Trial Lawyer, What It Takes to Win) was all about the legal profession, his current book Run, Brother, Run hits much closer to home. The gritty personal memoir details the 1968 murder of his older brother for which Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson, was the accused killer.
It was a swell crowd that turned out for the book signing where Berg was introduced by Lorin Stein, editor-in-chief of the Paris Review, and Colin Harrison, Berg's editor and editor-in-chief of Scribner. Among the notables were artists Donald Sultan and John Alexander, New York Times columnist Bill Keller, 60 Minutes' Morley Safer and Steve Kroft with his wife, author Jenny Conant.
Berg brings it home this week with a book signing at the Avalon diner. Stay tuned.
Women of accomplishment
Texas Executive Women has announced its Women on the Move winners, who will be honored at the annual awards luncheon in November.
Congratulations to Hashoo Foundation executive director Cristal Montanez, UT Health McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics adjunct professor Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Central Bank's Nancy Hall, CenterPoint Energy's Carol Helliker, Stewart & Wiley's Michele Malloy, Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1 Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield, Navigation Area Business Association's Yolanda Black Navarro, United Way of Greater Houston's Anne Neeson, KFP Architects' Diane Osan, 247th District Court (Family) Associate Judge Meca Walker.
Reason to celebrate
Dr. Amber Cotton pulled out the stops Friday night in honor of her husband, Dr. Ronald Cotton, in celebration of his completing his surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine. She invited 50 or so friends to party on the balcony at RDG + Bar Annie where they had loads of food and drink, a combo played and fans whirled to keep the high temps at bay. This was such an outdoorsy crowd that they opted not to move into the air-conditioned space that RDG's Mimi Del Grande had reserved for them.
The revelers included Jason Payne, Brian Davis, Kareem Dale and Dr. Ramyar Gilani. A native Houstonian, Ronald Cotton's next learning adventure is a fellowship at Baylor in liver transplantation.
Anabelle Reade celebrating her 20th birthday at RDG + Bar Annie with girlfriends Hanna Fred, Anna Catherine Wilson, Emily Gemp, Randa McConn and Maria Alcorn . . .
Gayle and Bob Eury, Lorraine and Ed Wulfe, Beverly Denver and Karen McCullough, Leigh in the Saturday night crush at La Griglia . . .
Monica Hartland and Warner Roberts lunching at Tony's after a visiting one of their favorite charities — The Mission of Yahweh . . .
Melissa and Doug Schnitzer, Liz and David Anders, Meredith Riddle, Maggi Jones and Laurie and Reed Morian dining at various tables in RDG.