Happy Columbus Day to all our American readers, and Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian readers. I'm spending the day autographing title pages for all the SteynOnliners who've very kindly pre-ordered their copies of my forthcoming book via the Steyn store.
The [Un]documented Mark Steyn arrives in bookstores in the US and Canada a week from today, on October 20th, when I'll be hitting the trail for TV and radio studios hither and yon. For those who've only heard me guest-hosting for Rush, or read me in Maclean's or National Review, this book is a grand sampler of the last couple of decades or so. There's all the big themes explored every day here at SteynOnline - free speech, Islam, the hyper-regulatory state, deathbed demography, environmental alarmism, media machinations - but there's also a lot of the smaller stuff that illuminates the bigger picture: Viagra, Kinder Eggs, curly-fry light bulbs, decaf hazelnut macchiatos, the criminalization of jokes, Barbie in a burqa, and GI Joe gone Belgian. And there's some favorite people, too - from Reagan and Thatcher to William Wilberforce and James Bond.
I've organized the book so that you can get a sense of how my thinking on a lot of these topics has evolved over the years, and across the world - from Britain to Canada, America to Australia. If you first read me in The Western Standard, or The Irish Times, or The National Post, The American Spectator, The Daily Telegraph or The Independent, you'll find a few favorites here - plus a ton of things you've never read before. By popular request, we've also included a couple of riffs from my Rush monologues and even from my stage appearances. I hope you like it - or at least consider inflicting it on an unliked aunt this Christmas. And don't forget, my proceeds from the book go to prop up my end of the Mann vs Steyn trial of the century, which is now in the third year of its leisurely pre-trial phase.
I always enjoy the early interviews on a book tour. The other day, the Maharushi himself grilled me for the next issue of The Limbaugh Letter, which is always a great read. So, if you've been mulling over whether or not to subscribe, now's the time. I'll also be talking about the book - and signing it - at the Chicago Freedom Summit on October 25th, when I'll be sharing the stage with Sean Hannity, Dana Loesch, Bobby Jindal and more. You can book your tickets here.
The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is available in the US from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and other retailers. In Canada, you can pick it up from Indigo-Chapters, Amazon, McNally-Robinson and elsewhere. But, wherever you are on the planet, remember the only place you can get a personally autographed copy is right here at the SteynOnline bookstore.
And now my poor bleeding stump of a hand has gotta get back to signing...