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Sarah Palin Book Signing: Despite Early Crowd, Tickets Still Available

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- With folding chairs and blankets in tow, fans lined up Tuesday outside the Barnes and Noble in Phoenix at 5 a.m., braving the cold for hours for a chance to have Sarah Palin sign a copy of her new book. The crowd, which consisted mostly of women but also many men, several teenage boys and even a 10-year-old girl, showcased the former governor’s broad appeal.

After several hours of waiting, Palin supporters were finally allowed to enter the bookstore, buy only two copies of America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, and receive a wristband that would gain them entry to the book signing Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Despite the enthusiasm of Tuesday morning’s crowd (roughly 150 people), tickets were still available before the event. Several in line Tuesday morning noted that Palin’s appearance was not well-publicized in the area. A spokesperson with Barnes and Noble would not say how many tickets were distributed Tuesday morning or how many total exist, but confirmed they were still being handed out.

Palin, who will miss seeing her daughter Bristol on the finale of Dancing With The Stars to attend the book signing, took to Twitter Tuesday to promote her second book. "America By Heart is out in bookstores today and available online for purchase. Our book tour kicks off at 6 p.m....” she tweeted, linking to a review of the book.

Meeting the former governor, however, came with strict rules. Palin fans were not allowed to bring in any cameras, cell phones or bags. In addition, she did not make any public comments or take any questions from the media.

Tuesday’s book signing kicked off Palin’s nine-day, 16-stop book tour.

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