Wednesday, May 01, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama Will Autograph Copies Of 'American Grown' At DC's Politics & Prose Bookstore On Tuesday, May 7

Customers hoping to attend the event must be pre-screened for security and pre-purchase the book on Thursday, May 2...
UPDATE:  CLICK HERE for a post about the visit
Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the publication of her first book, First Lady Michelle Obama will autograph copies of American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America at Washington, DC's independent Politics & Prose Bookstore on Tuesday, May 7, at 11:15 AM.  

The White House announced the event today, and Mrs. Obama will spend about an hour and a half at Politics & Prose, bookstore events coordinator Sarah Baline told Obama Foodorama.

The outing is Mrs. Obama's second-ever autograph party; she signed copies of her book at a DC Barnes & Noble last year.  The lavishly photographed tome, published on May 29, 2012, includes a detailed history of the first three years of the Kitchen Garden and the Let's Move! campaign, and stories about healthy food projects across the nation, including school, community and urban gardens. The White House chefs provide Kitchen Garden-inspired recipes and commentary, and there are tips for gardens of all sizes.

Security clearance, pre-purchase and wristbands...
Secret Service security clearance and a pre-purchase of Mrs. Obama's book are required to attend the event.  On Thursday, May 2, prospective autograph seekers need to visit Politics & Prose at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW to fill out a security form, Baline said, and provide government-issued ID such as a drivers license or passport.  The security form requires customers to provide name, address, and a contact phone number. 

At this time, Mrs. Obama's book must be purchased for $30, and the copy will remain at the store, Baline said.  Wristbands for entrance to the event will be given to those who pass the security screening on Tuesday morning.  Those who do not pass the security screening will be notified by phone, Baline said.  She declined to say how many wristbands will be issued, citing security concerns.

"We're hoping that everyone who comes will be cleared and if there is a problem we will refund the purchase price of the book," Baline said.

Customers may not provide security information for other individuals, so those hoping to attend must pre-visit Politics & Prose in person on Thursday.  The store opens at 9:00 AM, but if the Barnes & Noble event is any indication, getting in line early is a good idea; customers showed up at 6:00 AM to wait in line. 

"Folks are welcome to come whenever they like," Baline said. "But the doors are open at 9:00 AM."

"No other books or memorabilia may be brought to the signing," is noted on the Politics & Prose website. "Signing restrictions are subject to change.  Please call the store, 202-364-1919, with any questions you may have."

Mrs. Obama may or may not make brief remarks during her visit, Baline said.  The event is closed to press after "an open press spray at the top of the signing," the White House said.  The store will be closed to the general public during the First Lady's visit. 

"The book offers a look at the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden and shares inspiring stories of Americans from across the country who are actively engaged in community, school, and urban gardens," the White House said when announcing Mrs. Obama's event.  (Above, Mrs. Obama with Bo in an image from the book)

The book was published by Crown Publishing Inc., a division of Random House, which is also home to President Obama's two best-selling memoirs.

"Mrs. Obama accepted no advance for American Grown and all author proceeds will go to the National Park Foundation (, the official charity of America’s national parks," the White House said.

"Funds will be used for programs that promote gardening and healthy eating and give young people the opportunity to experience the outdoors and lead more active lives, as well as for the continued care of the White House Kitchen Garden.  Random House will also donate a portion of its profits to the National Park Foundation," the White House said.

Check the sidebar of this site for American Grown recipes (or click the link). Links to all posts about the Kitchen Garden.

Info: Politics & Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008.  Phone: 202-364-1919.

*Photos by Quentin Bacon; reprinted from American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America by Michelle Obama. Copyright © 2012 by the National Park Foundation. Published by Crown, a division of Random House, Inc.