Just Fabulous, Palm Springs’ cultural and shopping destination, will host several events in November and December featuring noted authors for book talks, book signings, meet and greet receptions with authors.
The public is invited to meet the authors, get their books personally signed, and to enjoy light refreshments.
Tuesday, November 21, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Author Gerit Quealty “Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium of all the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds, and Grasses Cited by the World's Greatest Playwright
Shakespeare expert Gerit Quealy collaborated with notable Japanese artist Sumié Hasegawa to create the most complete collection of plant life featured in the playwright’s works. BOTANICAL SHAKESPEARE begins with a brief look at Shakespeare’s world and the flowering of ‘green desire’. The author and artist reveal Shakespeare’s keen awareness of botany alongside his unparalleled ability to catapult nature into the land of emotion and metaphor, creating some of the world’s most unforgettable passages.
Saturday, November 25, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Author Charles Phoenix “Addicted to Americana: A Colorful Kaleidoscope of Retro Pop Culture”
Charles Phoenix, as a lifelong addict to Americana, has become one of the most entertaining and humorous advocates of Americana and nostalgia. As a presenter of riotous slide shows around the country, Phoenix has developed an enthusiastic following of fans who flock to his Double Decker Bus Tours of Palm Springs architecture and stage shows during Modernism Week. In his newest book, Charles Phoenix launches us into the stratosphere of space-age style, amazing attractions, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation via his road-trip discoveries and found vintage Kodachrome slides. Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as he guides us through his action-packed, fun-filled, wondrous world of midcentury marvels.
Saturday, December 2, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM– Kathryn Sermak, close Bette Davis confidant and author of “Miss D and Me”
Based on Kathryn Sermaks remarkable archive of letters, datebooks, personal photographs and the tape recordings they sent to each other, MISS D & ME is a richly textured story based on original source material. It also is a celebration of the friendship as told by the person who perhaps knew Bette Davis best of all. Kathryn Sermak is the co-founder of the Bette Davis Foundation and co-beneficiary of the Bette Davis Estate. In addition to Bette Davis, Kathryn has been personal assistant to HH Princess Shams Pahlavi; French actress Isabelle Adjani; the statesman and journalist Pierre Salinger; astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Motown Founder Berry Gordy Jr.; famed American designer Patrick Kelly; and the co-creator of "Where's Waldo?," Michael Gornall. Kathryn was also among the first to receive the Personal Assistant Career Award in 2003.
Sunday, December 3, from 12:00 -2:00 PM – Authors Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman “Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl”
In this visual biography of Grace Kelly the authors have compiled an extensive look at her successful but brief career in Hollywood, revealing the complicated and inspiring truth behind her seemingly fairytale life. A stunning gallery of more than 400 prized and rare photographs and illustrations—precious childhood snapshots, previously unpublished Edith Head and Helen Rose wardrobe sketches, original portraits, scene stills, on-set candids, wardrobe test shots, vintage magazine covers, and rare reproductions of exhibitor’s showmanship manuals showing how film studios marketed Grace Kelly as a star—Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl captures this beloved luminary’s eternal beauty as never before, and is a fresh, celebratory look at her remarkable career and her enduring cultural influence.
Natalie Wood: Reflections of a Legendary Life, from 2 – 4 p.m. by co-authors Natasha Gregson Wagner and Manoah Bowman
This book, co-authored by her daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner, recounts Natalie Wood’s career as a child actor who smoothly transitioned to adult stardom. Natalie Wood made an unforgettable impact on the world with her sensitive performances and her spectacular beauty. In a span of less than twenty years, her talent graced a dozen classics, including Miracle on 34th Street, The Searchers, Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, West Side Story, and Gypsy, earning her three Oscar nominations and two Golden Globes. Few actresses in Hollywood history have carved out careers as diverse and rich as Natalie Wood's, and few have touched as many hearts in a tragically short lifetime. Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life boldly redefines Natalie not by her tragic death, but by her extraordinary life. This is the first family-authorized photographic study of Natalie Wood, and the first book to examine her glamorous film career as well as her private off-screen life as a wife and mother.
Saturday, December 9, from 12:00 PM. – 3:00 PM – Authors Anne Rice and Christopher Rice “Ramses The Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra”
More than 30 years after “The Mummy,” Anne Rice’s celebrated book, the long-awaited novel in the Ramses series is here. “RAMSES THE DAMNED, The Passion of Cleopatra,” co-written with her son Christopher Rice, is set in 1914, RAMSES THE DAMNED is a fantastical romp through ancient times and the Edwardian Era.Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life.
Saturday, December 9, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM – HOLIDAY PARTY Join Just Fabulous for a festive holiday party with refreshments and special holiday discounts on select merchandise and entertainment by Bella da Ball and other drag performers.
Friday, December 15, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Joyce Bulifant “My Four Hollywood Husbands”
Actress Joyce Bulifant’s book follows the path of her own successful career, while navigating the choppy waters of husbands' alcoholism, codependency and an extended family of four marriages. James MacArthur played Danno on Hawaii Five-0. Edward Mallory was Dr. Bill Horton on "Days of Our Lives." William Asher was the famous director-writer-producer of "I Love Lucy," "Bewitched" and the Beach Party movies. Roger Perry starred in "Star Trek" and over 300 TV shows and films. He has also composed music for Barbra Streisand and Bing Crosby. Along the way Bulifant managed to command the spotlight for her own accomplishments. As Gavin MacLeod's wife Marie on "The Mary Tyler More Show," a concerned mother in the movie "Airplane," dancing with Fred Astaire, and her reoccurring role on "The Match Game." My Four Hollywood Husbands is a rare peek into what happens off the screen. It's a story of love, a lasting love that is woven through the fabric of the world of entertainment.
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