Saturday, June 24, 2006

Al Gore Gets Rock Star Welcome at Nashville Book Signing

I wish I could have made it to Gore's book signing here in Nashville. According to the store manager, it was the largest crowd they've seen since an appearance by Johnny Cash.

Roughly 800 people jammed into the bookstore to get a glimpse of the rock star!

Gore's book - An Inconvenient Truth - sold out before he arrived. It moves to #2 tomorrow, and next Sunday will move to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

There were actually two protesters at the book store - they were from HillaryNow!

How strange is that?

The City Paper:

“The size of this turnout is about four to five times what I had expected,” Gore told the audience. “I’m so grateful to all of you for coming out today.”

Store Manager Tony Mize said he had not seen a crowd this large since music legend Johnny Cash was on hand to sign autographed copies of his biography 10 years ago.

Mize said the store sold 1,000 copies of the book in the last three days, including 400 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. this morning.

In fact, Mize said, he received word from the publisher, Rodale Press Inc., that they are out of copies as well.

Gore was also on the David Letterman show last night. It was pretty obvious that Dave is a big fan too.

"An Inconvenient Truth" - now playing in Nashville - will receive a special award from Humanitas. Humanitas "honors screenwriting that helps 'liberate, enrich and unify society.'"

Draft Gore 2008

Photo credit: John Partipilo/The Tennessean