Saturday, April 30, 2005

Book fest debut ups Valley's IQ

Palm Springs is becoming quite the literary hot spot. An eclectic array of authors journey out to the desert on what seems like a weekly basis.

Credit Chris Johnson and Charles Lago, owners of Peppertree Bookstore, for contributing - on a grand scale - to this phenomenon.

In April, Peppertree Bookstore sponsored the first ever Palm Springs Book Festival, replete with high profile panelists and C-SPAN coverage.

The one day festival, held at Frances Stephens Park, included more than 90 writers, panel discussions and book signings. A sampling:

John Dean ("Worse than Watergate") and Susan McDougal ("The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk") debated the merits of creating a new political party in our nation.

Amber Frey ("Witness for the Prosecution") and attorney Gloria Allred appeared together on a panel discussion about the Scott Peterson case.

Peppertree Bookstore hosts book signings throughout the year, from the controversial (Radio show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger) to the comfortable and familiar (Barbara Taylor Bradford).

As a matter of fact, just yesterday, Stefanie Powers (of "Hart to Hart" fame) was in town signing her new book.

Keep those great authors and personalities coming to town, guys. A well-read community is an enlightened community.

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