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Anglophenia guest-blogger Paul Hechinger attended Book Expo America this week. The event, which is known to be the largest publishing event in North America, was held here in New York. BEA isn’t usually fodder for the paparazzi, but an appearance from Sarah Fergusonfresh off her recent scandal – made this year’s event the talk of the tabloids. In today’s post, Paul notes that the Duchess seems to be taking things in stride.

Okay, so I missed Fergie at the BEA. Serves me right, I guess, for not looking into the children’s book breakfast, which you have to pay for. (But it still would have been cheaper than paying $700,000 for access, I suppose.)

When she was on the panel, according to, Richard Peck, one of the other authors at the breakfast, mentioned that one of his characters believed problems could always be solved.

“I think I’ll read it immediately,” Ferguson is reported to have responded.

The disgraced former Duchess (as I understand it, that’s the generally accepted current epithet) apparently made light of the throng of cameras following her into BookExpo, according to The Christian Science Monitor: “It was quite difficult for me to get to the Javits Center,” she said. There were, she joked, “one or two people along the way.”

The Monitor also reported that Fergie referred again to her own situation at a book party later in the day. She mused that she might learn something from her one of her own books, Ashley Learns About Strangers.

“It’s about how you shouldn’t talk to strangers. Perhaps I should take a leaf out of my own book,” she quipped.

Earlier in the week, Ferguson found what some might think of as an unlikely supporter, at least of her decision to keep scheduled public appearances. Though he’s built a career on mean snarkiness, Simon Cowell apparently saw no reason to kick an ex-duchess when she’s down. The Idol judge called her a “trooper” after she appeared with him at a Los Angeles children’s charity event, where she received an award.



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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.