A bush in Denver, but don’t speak to or look at her

I like book signings, I always have. I’m not one of those autograph whores that shows up with some sort of wheeled contraption full of the same 4 books, to be put up on ebay. One of my most prized signed books is a mass market paperback, that I’ve read a good half dozen times.

I was cruising that Tattered Cover website tonight to see who’s coming to town and noticed that Jenna Bush was coming for a signing. Having less than zero interest in her or her book, I still took a look since her visit warranted it’s own link on the side bar, not in with the other signings at area stores.

I didn’t even try to attend Barack Obama’s signing because he was only signing books you bought there, and you had to be there something like 4 hours early, oh hell no :) So I wasn’t too surprised that Jenna’s page was a litany of rules and guidelines.

Ms. Bush will make a presentation and sign copies of “Ana’s Story.” She will not answer questions.
She will sign up to three copies per ticketed guest of “Ana’s Story,” but will not personalize. She will not sign anything other than copies of “Ana’s Story.”
Photographs will be permitted from the seating area. You will not be able to take photos once you approach the signing table. Ms. Bush will not pose for photos with customers.

So I could pay (price not mentioned on the page) for tickets, I buy my copy of the book, and I can’t take a photo, she won’t personalize the autograph, I’m guessing she won’t speak to me, and I have to come naked just about, in order to make it past security.

I understand the whole First Daughter” thing, but really if you’re going to schill your book, and if the Tattered Cover is going to cater to such craziness, make it not feel like that scene from the wall where the little kids have pig masks on, could’ja?

This is sorta “venty” but it seems to be, a writer should want to embrace (yes there’s crazies, yes probably more so because it’s Jenna Bush) your readers, the people who have taken your words into their homes, offices, carpools, etc.

I’ve not sure if writers such as Steven King, or Michael Crichton, or Dr. Suess have graced the Tattered Cover, bus I sure hope they get special links, and crazy rules too, Sam I am.

3 Comments so far

  1. dicker (unregistered) on October 28th, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

    yeah, but I’m sure the book is of such high literary caliber that it’ll be totally worth it.


  2. Aaron DeLay (unregistered) on October 28th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    Considering the deep seeded hate some people in this country seem to be nursing against her father, I can understand most of those rules. Plus, like you mentioned, “Presidents Daughter” is a huge player in that.

    As for going to the signing? I wouldn’t. My time is better spent buying the book, reading it and then tossing it into my bookshelf.

    The title does interest me mildly in regards to it’s subject being her work with UNICEF. Might pick it up in a few months when life calms down with work and all.


  3. Dave (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 12:43 am

    I understand that there are some people out there that might show up with a “Smile if you hate the war t-shirt” asking for a photo, or request that she signs her book: To: Ihate M Ydad. That sucks. And the prohibition against posing for photos is probably expedient, regardless of the author, though some exceptions are always made.

    That being said, I agree that the “no questions,” and “no personalization,” thing is just silly!

    If someone asks about her father’s policies, (even if it tangentially relates to the book), she should politely decline. If that person makes a scene, he/she should be thrown out.

    Not personalizing the book is insulting & overkill, in my opinion. I’ve been going to these sort of events for twenty years, and I’ve never seen that done before.

    I suspect things will be different at the actual event, and from what I’ve heard it’s a positive book. I’ve worked for progressive candidates for a long while, and as strong as my beliefs are, I cannot find any reason that they should come into view during this sort of event. These sort of rules are a direct result of the lack of civility in our public discourse.

    Given that I’m posting a reply, this is going to sound ironic: Politics are acrimonious enough already. Let’s not get too worked up about such a minor issue, even if the conditions of here appearance stink.



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