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The grandes dames of Georgetown and the media elite of Manhattan turned out in force last week to celebrate two authors, Sir Desmond Fitzgerald and Stanley Pottinger.
Washington social fixtures such as Patricia Klotz, Nina Auchincloss Straight, Ella Burling and Mary Crocker descended on Kinsey Marable's bookshop in D.C. to welcome Fitzgerald, the Knight of Glin, and toast the publication of his book, "The Watercolours of Ireland: Works on Paper in Pencil, Pastel and Paint."
After lecturing about his subject for an hour, the author sipped martinis and signed copies of his book, which tells the history of Irish art during the unhappy centuries of British occupancy.
Oatsie Charles couldn't resist teasing Fitzgerald about the absence of his wife, Olda, from the book tour, and said, "It's just as well. Desmond is so naughty."
"Oatsie's got a charming perspective on our life," Fitzgerald replied with a laugh.
Meanwhile, in Manhattan, editor-turned-agent Joni Evans opened her townhouse to welcome lawyer-turned-novelist Pottinger, author of "The Fourth Procedure," which is billed as a "medical thriller." Charlie Rose, Warren Hoge, Carl Bernstein and Patricia Duff were among the guests.

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