On Wednesday night, guests braved the autumn rain to celebrate Jim McMullan and his new book, Hello World: The Body Speaks in the Drawings of Men, at the Waverly Inn. Since the 1980s, McMullan, one of America’s more celebrated illustrators, has designed more than 90 posters for Lincoln Center shows, including ones for King Lear, My Fair Lady, and Anything Goes.

The party was hosted by Lincoln Center artistic director André Bishop, illustrator Ed Sorel, and AIR MAIL’s Graydon Carter. Servers passed around trays of pigs in a blanket and spring rolls to guests balancing glasses of red and white wine. Bishop reclined on the red leather bench to debrief with the Manhattan fixture Louise Grunwald. Sorel, whose mural of Greenwich Village all-stars decorates the walls of the restaurant’s main dining room, stood close by. By the time the evening ended, the rain had subsided and guests, including former Life editor Dan Okrent and British publisher David Campbell, stepped back out onto the Manhattan streets McMullan has illustrated throughout his career.

Hello World: The Body Speaks in the Drawings of Men, by James McMullan, is out now from Pointed Leaf

Clara Molot is an Associate Editor for AIR MAIL