Author complains about Gwyneth Paltrow at book signing

Aug. 13, 2013 at 4:56 PM
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EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- "Life is Short" writer Christina Oxenberg complained on her blog about being overshadowed by actress Gwyneth Paltrow at East Hampton Library's Authors Night.

The New York Post reported Paltrow attended the event on Long Island in New York with her husband, Coldplay front man Chris Martin, and their children Moses and Apple, to promote her vegan cookbook "It's All Good."

"Due to the inflexibility of the alphabet, I had the questionable good fortune to be seated directly beside [Paltrow]... Slowly yet unmistakably a line began to form in front of my section of table," Oxenberg wrote on her blog.

"These folks were hushed and reverential and had a particularly earnest and focused demeanor and casting furtive eyes around... the increasingly urgent question they posed, 'Where is Gwyneth?' ... Then the divinity in question arrived with hubby, children and a couple of massive bodyguards. The worshippers blocked my view of the whole world," she said, adding she temporarily left the area out of frustration and headed to a food table where she loaded up on "sloppy hamburgers" and "stinky steak sandwiches" to take back to her seat.

"Gwyneth's bodyguards blocked my re-entry despite my assurance I was just an author and pointing at my name tag. 'No!' they growled, body blocking me. So I was forced to crawl under the table. And there I sat with my meat products, wafting the excellent smells toward my sleek vegan neighbor," Oxenberg wrote. "She ignored the siren smells of protein. We never did say hello, although I did try to sell my book to her sleek vegan children. No bites."

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