Gov. Bobby Jindal isn't the only member of his family with a book to promote. Louisiana first lady Supriya Jindal has written a children's book, Louisiana Governor's Mansion: Our Treasured Home, and recently went on a book tour. Unlike her husband, Mrs. Jindal didn't leave the state; she signed books at five Walmart stores, including one in Metairie.
The book will be sold statewide at Walmart stores, and proceeds will benefit her charity, the Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana's Children. (At press time, Gov. Jindal was set to sign his own book, Leadership and Crisis, at a Baton Rouge Barnes & Noble Dec. 5.)
In other literary news, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin came to the Barnes & Noble in Metairie Nov. 29 to sign her new book, America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag. Some autograph seekers lined up outside the store more than 24 hours in advance to secure the concert-style wristbands that would gain them admission.
Palin drew big crowds at a Baton Rouge bookstore the next day, where reporters were allowed in the store briefly but forbidden to speak to the former governor. Photographers were allowed 90 seconds each to capture her on film. Even fans were not allowed to bring cameras or cell phones into the store for their brief audience with Palin, who signed 500 books. — Kevin Allman