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Diane Keaton feels right at home amid the books

Diane Though acting has always been "Something's Gotta Give" star Diane Keaton's bread and butter, don't count the bubbly eccentric out of the publishing game.

Keaton hosted a release party for Taschen Books' "Los Angeles, Portrait of a City" last night in Hollywood -- with Vanity Fair, Fendi and Planet Illogica -- where she indicated that she's picking up her pen soon.

"I'm working on some stuff," Keaton mentioned to the Ministry when asked if she would follow up her 2007 architecture book "California Romantica: Spanish Colonial and Mission-style Houses." The actress is an avid restorer of L.A.-area homes.

Keaton toasted "Portrait of a City" editor Jim Heimann along with photographer David LaChapelle, Playboy guru Hugh Hefner, actress Kelly Lynch and the gorgeous Gabrielle Union at the landmark Cross Roads of the World in Hollywood. Contributing authors are USC history professor Kevin Starr and Los Angeles Times books editor David L. Ulin.

The crowd at the benefit for the Los Angeles Conservancy sipped bubbly over the book, a retrospective in portraits of building L.A from the ground up, though almost everyone left clutching Vanity Fair's December issue, featuring cover boy Robert Pattinson.

Keaton, who recently starred in "Mad Money," will be seen next on screen with Rachel McAdams and Patrick Wilson in "Morning Glory," due out in summer 2010, about a struggling morning news show.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Diane Keaton in "Mad Money." Credit: Overture Films.

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