'Fire and Fury' flies off local bookshelves
Michael Wolff's explosive "Fire and Fury" was a big hit Friday at Powell's City of Books.
A Powell's spokeswoman said 60 copies of the book sold out "within minutes" after its Burnside Street flagship store opened at 9 a.m. Jan. 5. The bookstore expected to have "extremely limited quantity" of the book at its Cedar Hills Crossing and Hawthorne stores, but those probably would be gone shortly after they opened, said Kim Sutton, Powell's director of marketing.
Even though the bookseller expected more copies by Saturday morning, Sutton said Friday afternoon that a new shipment came in early, meaning the book would be available by Friday afternoon.
"We expect these to sell out quickly as well," she said. "Another small shipment will be arriving early next week."
The book's publisher plans a second printing to fill all the orders.
People who wanted to buy the 336-page book about the inner workings of the Trump White House lined up outside Powell's Burnside Street store Friday morning, the day Henry Holt & Co. decided to release the book four days early after an explosion of controversy and publicity on cable television talk shows.
Sutton said it's not unusual for Portlanders to line up to buy a controversial book. "We have seen this degree of interest in books before," she said.
Bookstores aren't the only ones caught up in "Fire and Fury" fever. Multnomah County's library system posted on Facebook Friday morning that it has ordered 150 copies of the book and already has nearly 700 requests to hold the book for readers.
Henry Holt & Co. announced in mid-November that Wolff's book, promised as a "shocking fly-on-the-wall view of the people and inner workings of the West Wing," would be released Jan. 9. The book is based on more than 200 interviews with the president and most members of his senior staff.
"The United States is in the midst of the most intense political storm since Watergate, and my aim in reporting and writing this book was to see life inside White House through the eyes of the people who are closest to the center of this hurricane," Wolff said in November.