Sarah Palin may write about "Going Rogue" in her new memoir, but the folks who go to the Mall of America for her book-signing Monday better not plan on doing the same.
Event organizers have laid out a list of rules for those who hope to snag a signature from the former Alaska governor, who rose to fame after becoming the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee at last year's national convention in St. Paul.
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What you need to know:
• No overnight camping on mall property. Fans can start lining up at 5 a.m. for the signing, which starts at noon.
• Don't bring your own chair.
• Don't leave the line for extended periods.
• Don't take photos or bring bags onto the stage where Palin will be signing books.
• Get a nontransferable Mall of America wristband.
• Buy a copy of "Going Rogue" from Barnes and Noble at the mall or bring a receipt to show you purchased your copy at a different Barnes and Noble.
• Stay in a single-file line.
Erica Dao, a mall media relations specialist, said mall officials expect at least 2,500 people to show up, and warned that not all who get in line will end up with signed books.
"We are only giving away a limited number of wristbands," she said. Palin has autographed books for about three hours at previous appearances.
Although Palin's book came out just a few weeks ago, her publisher has already increased the number printed from 1 million to 2.8 million, according to the Associated Press. Her book tour, which has stopped in small cities, has attracted thousands -- so many that Palin, on her Facebook page and on Twitter, has apologized for stiffing some of her admirers.
"I've been told that yesterday there were supporters in Noblesville [Ind.] who stood in long lines for hours in the cold and rain, and the book-signing event ended without a chance to say hello to everyone who showed up. I am so sorry. We are working on a solution for those who were left behind," she wrote last month.
Some book reviewers have accused her of stiffing some of the facts in her book, and aides to former GOP presidential nominee Arizona Sen. John McCain have accused her of interspersing fiction with fact in her criticisms of the campaign.
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