June 3, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush,

Tens of thousands of people will walk past the little table that I stood behind today--most of them just want to walk away with a free book. We don't have any. I have said "I'm sorry, but you can't take that, we need it for the table," more times than seems possible today. I will do it all again tomorrow, disappointing frumpy librarians, slick marketing execs, and goateed hipsters alike. If you're chasing down a wild-eyed clerk from the Book Nook to get back your sole copy of "All The Power," it must be Friday and it must be Book Expo America, the largest book trade show in the States.

Live from New York,



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