The popular talk host and author is coming to sign his new novel about control that's gone out of control. Wait til you see the rules for meeting him.
Glenn Beck is coming to the Barnes and Noble on Swedesford Road in Devon Thursday afternoon.
Getting to meet him and having him sign a copy of his new book Agenda 21 could be a little like getting soup from the infamous Soup Nazi from the old Seinfeld sitcom or maybe like lining up for a a deal on a big flat screen TV on Black Friday.
Here's what you'll need to know if you go:
- Wristbands for a place in line will be distributed starting at 1 p.m.
- After you get a wristband, come back at 3 p.m. to get in line.
- Wristbands will be grouped by alphabet and the line will be admitted in groups.
- Beck is due to arrive from aother book signing at 4:30 p.m. (so bring comfortable shoes-you could be standing in line for at least 90 minutes)
You will be handed an instruction sheet that includes the following rules:
- This is a "Signature Only" signing. Please do not ask for personalization to be added to books. If he personalizes one book-in fairness, he would need to personalize all, and time simply will not allow for that.
- There is a photo area across from the signing area. If you wish to take a photo of your family or friends while at the signing podium while Glenn signs their book that is fine. However, time will not allow for any "posed photo". If you bring cameras through the signing line, please do not halt the line for a photo (shoot as you move through the line or from the photo area not while you are at the podium, please).
- Store staff will assist you in locating the "title page,"the page Glenn will autograph. Having your book flapped (jacket pulled over to hold page) and open to this page will assist greatly in the pace of the signing.
- While we do not anticipate this happening, should the tme come for the signing to end and you have not yet made it through the signing line, do not worry! Glenn has prepared a quantity of bookplates, and those will be given to you for each book you have purchased as Glenn meets each of you as he walks down the remaining line.
That's the rule sheet as drafted as of Wednesday.
The rules for the media are much simpler:
No interviews and no photographs. (Apparently this book really is just that good).
Speaking of the Good Book one wonders if Beck's "people" (in the book they might be called "gatekeepers") were inspired to write these rules by the story of Moses meeting God.
As I read the "rules" I was reminded of the Bible passage in Exodus, Chapter 33 where God instructs Moses on the proper way to meet and interact with the Creator of Heaven and Earth:
19And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
21Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”
In fairness to the good people of the bookstore who really are just trying to make the customer experience as pleasant as possible, the book signing rules were created to help give everyone a shot at meeting the author.
The bookstore is working within the situation handed to them by the Beck publicity machine. The media rules were created by Beck's "security people."
One wonders if Beck, who is a master of lampooning the absurdities of government and pop culture, will fully appreciate the irony of the rules that have been set forth for meeting him.
That assumes that he is even aware of them.
Apparently he is a very busy man and may not have time to see things from the same perspective as the fans who are shelling out $26 per copy to get a book signed at the Barnes and Noble on Swedesford Road.
It's an irony that should have him laughing all the way to bank... (or maybe scheduling fewer appearances for one day)?
For his fans: a signed book is s a lot cheaper than a big screen TV and easier to get. Will is be more satisfying?
If you go today, let us know what you thought of the experience.