Joan Rivers Book Party

Joan Rivers checks out her flaming birthday “cake” at Central restaurant. Guests sang “Happy Birthday” to wish her well. Rivers turned 79 on June 8. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

Good friend Robert Higdon, a Washington-based interior designer, cohosted the book party for Joan Rivers and stayed by her side as she greeted guests and signed copies of her book I Hate Everyone, Starting With Me. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

Buffy Cafritz at the book party for her friend, comedienne Joan Rivers. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

John Ralls, Bucky Holmes, Billy Gormley, and Michael Ramirez laugh it up at the book party for funny woman Joan Rivers. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

Checking out what Joan Rivers inscribed in her book I Hate Everyone, Starting With Me are book party guests George Mickum and Blythe Thomas. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

David Deckelbaum cohosted the party for Joan Rivers with his friend Robert Higdon. With Deckelbaum is Abby Blunt, a Washington lobbyist and wife of Missouri senator Roy Blunt. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

Washington’s own Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter Altman, with David Deckelbaum. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

Joan Rivers’s new book, I Hate Everyone, Starting With Me. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

Author Sally Bedell Smith has a moment with fellow author Joan Rivers. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

Joan Rivers couldn’t sit still at Central, signing books, sipping wine, greeting friends. On her foot: a Stuart Weitzman stiletto blinged out with a rhinestone ball. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

Lisa Beek, Michael Winer, and Ruth Gorland. In the background is Dr. David Shocket, who got a signed copy of Rivers’s book for his wife, Patty, who was stuck in traffic. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

Michael Jacobi and Christian Zapatka have a moment together at the book party. Photograph by James R. Brantley.

Dr. David Shocket said this photo would make his wife, Patty, jealous, because she is the member of the family who is a serious Rivers fan. While Patty was stuck in traffic, Shocket stood in line to get her a signed book. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

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