The last event of the Joan Rivers Weekend was a private reception at the Embassy Suites. Guests enjoyed two hours of Joan's company where she signed copies of her books, posed for pictures and held a Q&A session that kept everyone laughing.
As a surprise gift, everyone received a copy of Joan's new book Murder at the Academy Awards (R): A Red Carpet Murder Mystery.
People happily lined up to have Joan sign their copies.
After Joan left, guests enjoyed a few moments before dinner and dessert was served.
A few of us behind-the-scenes people walked with Joan to the hotel lobby. From Minneapolis she was flying to Pennsylvania so she could appear on QVC. After her appearances it was home to NYC for one day. Then she headed to Australia where she spent a week hosting and performing at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Knowing she had a non-stop-twelve-hour-day with us and that she had another full week of traveling and performing I said, "It's been a really long day. You must be tired."
Joan slipped on her full-length fur and smiled. "I had a great time. I'm glad the day was so successful."
Then she added, "I'll sleep on the plane. It will be wonderful."