Thirty minutes after the event started, more than 150 people were waiting in line to see Davis, said Jason Manriquez, a Barnes & Noble employee. More than 500 wristbands were given out Monday morning to allow people to buy the book.
Davis did not grant interviews at this event.
Davis signed early copies of her memoir, “Forgetting to be Afraid,” which will be released Tuesday. The memoir details Davis’ personal struggles and successes, including becoming a mother at age 19 and eventually a Harvard graduate. In recent days, the book has garnered media attention because Davis revealed that she had two abortions; one an ectopic pregnancy, and the other an unborn child with severe defects.
Davis, who gained the national spotlight in June 2013 when she filibustered against a Republican-backed bill that limited where abortions can be performed, is running for governor against Republican Greg Abbott who is the attorney general.
Many TCU students came to buy the book and meet Davis.
“After I saw that filibuster, I went and looked her up and saw what else she was known for in Texas politics,” said music performance major Julian Tello Jr. “I love that she’s standing up for women’s reproductive health rights.”
Camden Means, an English education major, said he was supporting a fellow Horned Frog.
“We don’t know too much about her, but being a TCU alum and how important she is, it’s just kind of a cool opportunity,” he said.
Supporters of Davis were excited for the election.
“I think it would be great if she was governor,” said Elizabeth Kirkendoll, graduate student studying musicology. “She could be the next Anne Richards.”