NEW YORK — Book signings may call to mind staid affairs held in the middle of the afternoon at Borders or Barnes & Noble, but when the author is Amazonian nightlife queen Amy Sacco and the tome is called “Cocktails,” you know it’s going to be a swankier affair. The party, held on Tuesday night at Barneys New York, was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and by 7:15 there were enough people to fill Bungalow 8 for an entire week. The Krug champagne flowed; the nightclub’s resident DJ, Coleman Feltes, blasted hits by Madonna and Gwen Stefani, and virtually everyone stood on line to have their copies inscribed by Sacco, who was sitting at a table in the back, sipping a fancy concoction in a martini glass. To her friend, André Balazs, she wrote: “I Love U. XO Amy … The Other Blonde.” To Paul Shaffer, whom Sacco met over a decade ago at the Empire State Building while on a field trip to New York from her native New Jersey, she dashed off: “My first star and still my favorite. XO Amy.”

Others in the crowd included Sandra Bernhard, Ronald Perelman, fellow nightclub impresario David Rabin, Tinsley Mortimer, Vanity Fair’s Elizabeth Saltzman and Sacco’s mother, Bette Sacco.

Sacco, who was decked out in a flirty party dress, said she was overwhelmed. “I feel like Dorothy landing in Oz,” was how she put it around 9:15 p.m., when the line finally tapered off. In fact, she said, doing a book was never even a real part of her master plan for conquering New York. “When Prosper and Martine Assouline came to me,” Sacco recalled, “I said I couldn’t possibly find the time. But they said, ‘Just give us some recipes and we’ll call Patrick McMullan,’ who is the documentarian of my life, ‘and we’ll make it work.’ And Assouline’s books are so stylish and classy.”

This story first appeared in the July 20, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

So she said yes.

But if the newly minted scribe appeared to be surprised by her adventure in book publishing, no one else was. “The thing that’s most impressive about Amy is her longevity,” Shaffer said. “She’s got great legs, and I mean that in both senses of the word.”

And she’d better, because her night was going to go on. And on. And on.

The second leg of her evening occurred at Bette, with her mom, where Balazs, Saltzman and Uma Thurman joined Sacco for dinner. She then hightailed it over to Bungalow 8, where Lenny Kravitz stopped by to pay his respects. At 3:30 a.m., when the crowd had more than thinned out, Sacco and friends were still going strong.

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