April 24, 2018

It’s up to “normal people” to buy James Comey’s book


After a huge media blitz, a staggering first print run, and all the timeliness you could ask for, how’s the first week of sales looking for James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty?

Well, we don’t know yet, but: according to Saba Hamedy at CNN, Comey’s first day of on-sale was kind of a slow one at Kramerbooks in Washington, DC, especially when compared to the publication of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, which had DC readers lining up to get their hands on first copies earlier this year (and sold out in fifteen minutes at Kramerbooks). It sounds like the store had more reporters than it did people actually buying books: “Another journalist asked the room: ‘Is anyone a normal person or is everyone a journalist?’” Hamedy wrote. “Only one person—reluctantly—identified himself as a ‘normal person.’”

Still, the events with the author himself seem to be going pretty well. Ellie Shechet, in a piece for Jezebel’s “The Slot,” said “people waited in line outside for hours to secure wristbands” for the launch at Barnes & Noble in New York; in Chicago, Comey sold out an event at the Chicago Humanities Festival, where tickets included a copy of the book; and in Seattle, he “spoke to a crowd of around 700 people at Seattle University,” an event that was “closed to the media.” It begins.



Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.