I just got an email from the Denver-based Tattered Cover Bookstore that all three branches of the store are going to begin carrying my new book!
The Tattered Cover is one of the largest independent bookstores in the country. It’s also nationally famous for winning a First Amendment court case in 2000 against a local police department. Narcotics officers wanted to cruise through records of book purchases by a suspect in a criminal case. The bookstore resisted the warrant on First Amendment grounds.
The cops dragged the Tattered Cover around, national headlines were generated, and the whole mess ended up in the Colorado Supreme Court. The bookstore won. Your private book reading list, thanks to this case, is really your own private book reading list. It was a huge victory in the fight for Constitutional rights.
I guess my book is pretty controversial. But thank God for the nation’s bookstores, one of the few places you’ll actually find folks who know what the Bill of Rights was intended to do.
Oh, by the way, the book purchased by the suspect in the drug case? LOL! It wasn’t a book on making illegal drugs. It turned out to be a book on Japanese calligraphy!