November 5th, 2009
03:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin book tour takes unconventional path

Palin will bypass several major cities in her upcoming book tour.
Palin will bypass several major cities in her upcoming book tour.

(CNN) - Those living in the country's biggest cities who hope to catch a glimpse of Sarah Palin while she is on her much-anticipated book tour may be disappointed: the former Alaska governor will instead hit a string of mid-size cities, many of which voted for her and John McCain last November.

According to Harper Collins, the publisher of Palin's forthcoming memoir "Going Rogue," Palin will bypass several of the major cities that are often the pillars of any big book tour, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia.

Palin's schedule instead takes the former Republican vice presidential candidate to smaller - and in many cases more conservative - cities like Fort Wayne, Indiana, Washington, Pennsylvania, Roanoke, Virginia, and Jacksonville, Florida.

Palin will kick off the tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 18, one day after her book is released. The choice of Michigan to begin her cross-country blitz may be no accident: Palin publicly disagreed with the McCain campaign's decision to pull its resources out of that key battleground state a month before the election - one of the initial moves that led anonymous McCain operatives to declare Palin was "going rogue."

The first week of the tour will take Palin thorough Indiana (Fort Wayne and Noblesville), Ohio (Cincinnati and Columbus) New York (Rochester), Virginia (Roanoke), North Carolina (Fayetteville), Alabama (Birmingham), and Florida (Jacksonville, The Villages, and Orlando).

A spokeswoman for Harper Collins tells CNN more cities could be added to that list.

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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Pepou

    Take cover ! The nitwit is coming to town.

    November 5, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Dumbasrocks in Kevin, OH too

    She and her followers can stick her book tour in an unconventional place.

    November 5, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    As usual, this chicken will not go anywhere that might even think of not giving her a hero's welcome. The same goes with her interview tour (Faux News/Fat boy radio/Shammity radio).

    November 5, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. odumber, 1 and a half year old maturity level...

    The next destination: the half-price bin at your local truck stop.

    This may be the first time in literary history that the book-on-tape will out-sell the paperback. Unless the kin folk need kindling, I don't see much use for the book other than for display purposes, on the mantel next to the NASCAR commemorative plate set.

    November 5, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. TLD

    The Republican/Conservative Party is a disgrace and an abomination. There is something putrid about these guys and gals. The Republican Parties of past decades did not make me want to shower after I hear or see them speak on issues. I think it may have started with the Newt Gingrich Crew a few years back.

    Cheney/Duke 2012

    November 5, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. bob in LA

    Smart move. Big cities are probably not her best market.

    November 5, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Howie

    Sarah I am really looking forward to purchasing your book and sharing your ideas

    November 5, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Independent

    CNN is obsess with Sara Palin......CNN can not go a week without their obsession over Sara Palin

    November 5, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Ruty

    Only an uneducated idiot would go see this dumb nitwit. Why would anybody would want to waste money on a book about a quiter?

    November 5, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. rita

    Someone has advised her to go to places where they are still learning to read. Others have advised her to only go to "young earth creationist towns". Those would all be in Kansas and Texas. I would strongly suggest that she stay in Mississippi the entire time.

    November 5, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Stacie

    I live in a large city...and I'm not disappointed. I guess she prefers to tour the "real America", ha, ha, ha!

    November 5, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Whine Whine Whine

    Of course she is only going to smaller, conservative towns, she wouldn't want to go some where she could face oposition.

    With out a doubt there are at least a few Palin fans in the bigger cities she isn't going to...I wonder how they feel about her ditching them?

    November 5, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Big Daddy

    I wouldn't walk across the street to see or hear her !!

    November 5, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I probably should check her out when she comes here in the hood. I think that's pretty nice she's coming over here.

    I'm sure she'll have fans and supporters here but who knows, may surprise some people, what the heck.

    November 5, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Right Trash

    It's a bit of an overstatement to call the locations she's visiting "cities". They're more like conservative enclaves where Sarah is certain to be worshipped by those who live there. Why not be honest – the real reason she's not going to any major metropolitan areas is because she's a joke and would be laughed out of town.

    November 5, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Steve

    Quitter as governor, coward as author. She'll just stick to the safe ground, where she won't be challenged on anything. Probably a good plan, since she's not intellectually equipped to meet any challenge that might arise. She should just make a tour of churches.

    November 5, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. strong

    So, a ghostwriter wrote a book for Palin. Who cares.

    Who reads these books anyways, and who would fork out big bucks for such trash? Palin has nothing of interest to say, from my standpoint. But she is cute.

    Enough about her.

    November 5, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Emmanuel Goldstein

    I encourage all of you hard-core progressives to go to those places for protests. Be sure to make your presence known, too. Cars with lots of Obama stickers will help with that.

    And don't be afraid to get in the faces of the locals and tell them what you think of them. They will respect you for it.

    November 5, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Phat Elvis

    2nd tier markets for a 2nd tier political figure. no surprise there!

    November 5, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Danielson, Pittsburgh PA

    If you purchase this book, or waste even an ounce of gas or a moment of thought in an effort to see this bubblehead at a local bookstore...then you are part of the problem in this country.

    Aren't we dumb enough? Aren't we hyper-critical enough? Aren't there enough people using religion as a cudgel and common sense as a doormat and fear as a way to scare a populace into submission?

    This isn't a book–its an indictment of how, in America, fanaticism is alive, well, and JUST as dangerous as anything Al Quaeda could cook up....

    November 5, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Len in Washington

    She's simply terrified to get out of her "comfort zone."
    Imagine where she wouldn't go if she ever got elected. So much for repairing our international image.
    I don't think so.
    She's not a viable candidate for anything but "The Quitters Society."

    November 5, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Suzan

    She's AFRAID to go to the bigger towns, she is running scared just like she did during the campaign. She isn't going to demorcratic states or places that she knows she is not welcomed and will be BOOED. Just like the interviews she is going to give ( FOX, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, O'Riely) You don't see her giving interviews for ABC, NBC, CBS or CNN. I can't think for the life of me why she is doing Oparh and wanting Barbara Walters to interview her, does she think they are going to only ask the questions she wants asked so she can have her prepared speech ready........I hope Oparh and Barbara take off the KID GLOVES when she is being interviewed and ask her the real hard questions.........I I bet after these interviews Palin will complain about not being treated fairly

    November 5, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. SkiDoc

    Super smart. Like would anyone expect her to start in hopelessly blue NYC? Wish I lived in Birmingham – might be kinda fun to see the libs' worst nightmare up close and personal. Go Sarah!!

    November 5, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. laurie

    What, no Eugene, Oregon? We're all so disappointed. WE were planning on throwing organic tomatoes at her.

    November 5, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Pete

    Sarah, Sarah, go away, come again some other........well, never.

    November 5, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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