Mark Levin’s Ameritopia recently hit bookstore shelves and the Great One himself recently hit the bookstore circuit to autograph copies of what is being praised as the perfect companion piece to his bestselling Liberty and Tyranny. Admittedly, “circuit” is a bit of an overstatement: Levin is a reclusive person and makes as few public appearances as possible – in this case, just three book signing appearances. One of these was scheduled for Saturday, January 21 at a store called Book Review in Huntington, NY on the north shore of Long Island.
The last time Levin appeared in Huntington was back in the early summer of 2009, when he signed copies of the recently released Liberty and Tyranny.
I attended that event, admittedly arriving after it started. The line that began at Levin’s table wended through the store, outside of the store, down half the block, around the corner, down the next block, around that corner to the end of that block. And THAT is where I joined the line shortly after 4 PM. I didn’t get into the store until 9:30 PM – by then they had run out of books but fate intervened in the form of a realtor with whom I struck up a conversation who happened to have purchased a copy of the book earlier but was unable to stay any longer to get it autographed. She gave the book to me and wished me well. At last, it was my turn to meet the Great One and he was surprisingly upbeat and gracious – seeing as how he’d been signing over 2,000 copies of his book for the past nine hours.
It was a very long day to say the least and during the two-hour drive home, I vowed that if he ever did another book signing in Huntington, I’d be one of the first people to show up – even if it meant leaving the house before dawn.
And so it came to pass that Levin announced he would attend a book signing in Huntington on January 21. I secured three copies of the book and made careful plans to attend, this time in the company of the lovely and ever-gracious Nicole.
Here is the video documentary of the day’s transaction: