How to get Hillary Rodham Clinton to sign her book for you in L.A.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is not campaigning for anything (yet), visits a plastics company in Denver this week. Her book is out June 10.
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As you may have heard, Hillary Rodham Clinton will publish a new memoir next week. “Hard Choices,” a chronicle of her years as secretary of State, is thought to be an overture for a possible presidential run.

Although she hasn’t said she’ll run. Not yet, anyway.

Before June is out, Clinton’s book tour will take her to New York, Washington, a televised CNN town hall and Los Angeles. It won’t look like the typical book tour: She will be trailed by the Hillary Bus, organized by unaffiliated supporters of her possible candidacy.

In Los Angeles, Clinton will be making a traditional book tour stop -- on June 19 at Barnes & Noble at the Grove. The enormous bookstore in the Mid-City area is where politicians (Arnold Schwarzennegger) and celebrities (well, um, also Schwarzennegger) stop to sign books. That’s where readers who want to get a copy of “Hard Choices” signed by Clinton should go.


Barnes & Noble at the Grove has a signing routine, and even if the former first lady isn’t accompanied by a Secret Service detail, the rules for getting a book signed by her will be strict. Here’s what to do:

DO get to the Grove early on June 19. Wristbands will be handed out at Barnes & Noble starting at 8 a.m.

DO be aware that if you arrive before the mall is open, the line for Clinton book buyers may queue up on 3rd Street.

DO buy a copy of “Hard Choices.” That’s the only way to get a wristband.

DO be patient. There may be a long wait before getting to the third-floor signing area.

DO NOT bring anything else for Clinton to sign. That means no other books, pictures, T-shirts or memorabilia of any kind. It will not be allowed.

DO NOT bring “personal items” into the signing space. This includes objects such as folding chairs or coffee mugs and may include backpacks and purses.

DO enjoy the signing. It might be the last chance to get an autograph from Clinton before she’s a candidate for the Democratic nomination -- which she most definitely is not. Yet.