By Heidi Simmons

The Coachella Valley continues to be a playground for the rich and famous.  Hollywood elite have homes here and celebrity remains a big part of the area’s culture and color. 

Celebrating the fun, glamor and spirit of Palm Springs’ past and present, bookstore and gift shop Just Fabulous will host author-signing events. 

Just Fabulous will feature books by high profile personalities and celebrities.  The public is invited to these free and fun events.  Just Fabulous will provide light refreshments for these special occasions.

And, with the holidays at hand, Just Fabulous is ready to help.  Staff can preorder, or reserve copies of the featured books, have books signed with personalized inscriptions, wrap the books in colorful paper and ship them anywhere in the world for a modest fee.  Purchases can be made over the phone*.

Here is the Just Fabulous schedule of authors:

Saturday, November 25, 2-4 pm – Daughter of the late, great, comedienne Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers along with co-author Scott Currie, will signJoan Rivers Confidential: The Unseen Scrapbooks, Joke Cards, Personal Files and Photos of a Very Funny Woman Who Kept Everything”(Harry N. Abrams, 336 pages).  Told with humor and affection, the book reveals an obsessively organized woman who took her comedy very seriously.

Saturday, December 2, noon – 3 pm – Author Kathryn Sermak, once the personal assistant to Bette Davis, reveals her extensive archives as a close friend and confidant to the iconic actress in her book Miss D and Me(Hachette Books, 288 pages).  Sermak has had a long career as a professional personal assistant to the rich and famous.

Sunday, December 3, noon -2 pm — Daughter of Hollywood royalty, Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, Natasha Gregson Wagner and co-author Manoah Bowman will share their book Natalie Wood: Reflections of a Legendary Life”(Running Press, 320 pages).  This is the first family-authorized photographic study of Wood’s film career and private life as a wife and mother.

Sunday, December 3, 2 – 4pm — Authors Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman have         compiled a visual biography that looks at Grace Kelly’s successful, but all too brief career in Hollywood, revealing the complicated and inspiring truth behind her seemingly fairytale life in Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl” (Dey Street Books, 288 pages).

Friday, December 8, 3 – 5 pm – Madelyn Morgan author of “Mad About Men: A MENmoir(Red String Music) shares her personal story of trying to find love as a promiscuous single mom.

Saturday, December 9, Noon – 3pm  –  Bestselling authors Anne Rice and Christopher Rice have collaborated with “Ramses The Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra” (Anchor Books, 320 pages) which is part of the long-awaited Ramses series.  The mother and son duo devise a fantastical romp through ancient times and the 1914 Edwardian Era after the former pharaoh reawakens in London!

Sunday, December 10, 2 – 4pm —  Petrine Mitchum author of “Snout About Town Starring Buster Keaton Brown: A Tale for Precocious Canines and Their Personal Assistants” is the daughter of famous actor, Robert Mitchum.  Growing up in Hollywood with many canine companions, the author shares her love for dogs in this colorfully illustrated book dog lovers will appreciate.

Friday, December 15, 2 – 4pm  —  Actress and author, Joyce Bulifant shares her personal life in the entertainment industry both on and off screen in her book “My Four Hollywood Husbands” (Tilton Bass Publishing, 292 pages).

Saturday, December 16, 1- 3pm  — Renowned photographer David Wills will sign “Vegas Gold” (HarperCollins, 240 pages) a book with 125 of his photographs capturing the glamorous golden years of Las Vegas.  Wayne Newton wrote the forward and Donny & Marie Osmond wrote the afterword.

Just Fabulous is located at 515 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, at the corner of N. Palm Canyon Drive and Alejo Road in the Uptown District’s classic Corridor complex.

Management recommends arriving early for book signing events since author meet and greets generate long lines of fans. 

Just Fabulous has something for everybody, and features coffee table, art and specialty books you won’t find at Barnes and Noble.  But, be aware that some books cater to “mature and open-minded” readers.

*For more information on ordering and purchasing books in advance call: 760 864-1300. 

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