TCU Bookstore Trade Department Manager David George said it was one of the largest crowds he had seen. He added the last time he saw such a turn out for a book signing was when Governor Rick Perry visited the store.
Lowry was scheduled to sign books from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., but a line of her fans circled the interior of the store before she stepped foot in the building.
George said the bookstore’s staff changed Lowry’s location last minute from in front of the cashiers’ desks to next to the café to accommodate the large crowd.
“I just wanted to meet her,” said Lauren Pierce, the first person waiting in line at the book signing. Pierce said she drove from Garland, Texas and arrived at the store at 1:00 p.m. so she could secure her spot in line for the event.
Lowry wrote on her website the event “could be the one [she’s] most anxious to get to” on her book tour because she has family in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“The best thing [Lowry] is doing is letting other people know this is not just a college bookstore,” George said. “This store is open for everyone to enjoy.”
In “Pride over Pity,” “guided by the single principle of helping other young girls like her, [Lowry] takes the reader behind the scenes, writing candidly about her desperate stay at a homeless shelter to qualify for a program that would provide a safe home for her son, breaking her silence on the question of her sexuality, and sharing the traumatic sexual experiences that have left her deeply scarred,” according to Barnes and Noble’s website.
The next event the bookstore is expected to host is a book signing featuring Deborah B. Meyer. She is scheduled to be signing copies of her children’s book “Meet the Butterfly Girls” on July 12 from 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.