bethennyBy TOM CHESEK

To some the word “author” is a job description appended to a hyphen; a sideline to a set of  day (or night) jobs that range from acting and sax playing, to running a fabulously successful chain of tea rooms.

Look up Bethenny Frankel (right), and you’ll find the irrepressible paragon of Skinnygirl style proudly pegging herself as a “NY Times Best Seller and Celebrity Natural Food Chef.” America may have made her acquaintance as the RealiTV star of The Real Housewives of NYC and Bethenny Getting Married, but when Frankel takes the stage of the Count Basie Theatre tonight, she’ll be hosting a “Skinnygirl Night Out” as the authority on “body image, food obsession, weight and exercise” whose branded volumes on those topics (including Naturally Thin, The Skinnygirl Dish and the forthcoming A Place of Yes) have become regular fixtures on the charts and in the carts.

There’s much more in the way of reading, signing and chatting action going on locally in the days to come — and we’ve got a rundown for you, at the turn of the pixelated page.

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