Seems that last weekend, if people weren’t lining up to see ”Fahrenheit 9/11,” they were lining up to buy copies of Bill Clinton’s ”My Life” – and perhaps to get the book autographed by the suddenly ubiquitous former president, who seemed to have spent the week with pen in hand at bookstores across the country. According to Clinton’s publisher, Knopf, the book had sold 935,000 copies as of Sunday, its sixth day in stores, and was likely to cross the 1,000,000 threshold by the end of its first week. The book had already hit a milestone on its first day, when it sold 400,000 copies, twice the first-day record for a non-fiction book set a year ago by the author’s wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, with her memoir ”Living History.” Knopf said that ”My Life” was already in its third printing, with some 2.6 million copies in print.
As for the author, his book tour continues, culminating in what may well serve as a huge promotional opportunity: an opening-night primetime speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention in Boston next month. The Democrats announced Monday that Clinton would get the speaking slot on July 26 that will be carried by the broadcast networks and cable news channels. No primetime slot has been announced, as yet, for Al Gore, the party’s candidate four years ago. Maybe if he publishes a best-seller of his own in the next month?