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article imageLaura Bush stops in Arkansas on book signing tour Special

By Kay Mathews     May 16, 2010 in Entertainment
Former First Lady Laura Bush visited Arkansas during her "Spoken from the Heart" book tour. Hundreds attended the book signing events in Northwest Arkansas. Why so many stops in a single state? One reason may be her Arkansas heritage.
Former first lady Laura Bush made three stops in Arkansas on her "Spoken from the Heart" book tour. The first stop was at the Sam's Club in Fayetteville, Ark. where approximately 300 Sam's Club members waited in line to have their books signed.
The second stop was at a Walmart store in Rogers, Ark. Flyers announcing the book signing event at the Walmart store indicated a "limit of 350 ticketed fans (guaranteed signed book)." The book signing was scheduled for 12:30 p.m. May 15, and by 7:30 a.m. that morning there were already two-dozen people waiting in line. By 8:15 a.m., staff were giving out yellow numbered wristbands to those in line.
Laura Bush autograph in  Spoken from the Heart.   May 15  2010.
Laura Bush autograph in "Spoken from the Heart." May 15, 2010.
Ticketed fans, those with numbered wristbands, were allowed to have up to two books signed, including "Read All About It!" co-authored by Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush. No cameras were allowed in the signing area.
Laura Bush arrived promptly at 12:30 p.m. after having come from the morning event in nearby Fayetteville. Approximately 150 - 200 fans had their books signed. While personalized autographs were not the norm, Bush did personalize a "Read All About It!" book for at least one fan.
Laura Bush s personalized autograph in  Read All About It!    To Joshua  Love  Laura Bush.   May 15 ...
Laura Bush's personalized autograph in "Read All About It!" "To Joshua, Love, Laura Bush." May 15, 2010.
A variety of age groups and professions were represented in the crowd, including retirees and teachers.
It was reported that Bush also visited the headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville before leaving for her third book signing stop in Arkansas scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Blytheville.
Upcoming stops on the "Spoken from the Heart" book signing tour include Nashville, TN., Atlanta, GA, St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, Coral Gables, FL, and the final stop on the 22 stop tour in Waco, TX.
It seemed to make sense that Arkansas, being a very conservative state, would be a stop on this circuit. Yet, the only other state in which Laura Bush has as many book signing events scheduled is her home State of Texas. After perusing the book, Bush's Arkansas connections became clear.
Bush writes that her "paternal grandparents were both from Arkansas." Further, Bush relays stories from her childhood involving Arkansas. She writes, "Occasionally, when I was little, we would drive into Arkansas to visit my mother's grandmother who lived on a small slip of a dairy farm right near my grandfather's two old-maid sisters and a bachelor brother. Each time we crossed the border, my father would joke about all the trees in Arkansas, making it sound as if we were people who had never seen a tree."
While this revelation may have been news to some, it is not known if that is the reason Bush made so many stops in Arkansas. No matter the reason, there were hundreds of Arkansawyers (or Arkansans, if you prefer) who are glad she did.
Other revelations coming out of "Spoken from the Heart" include Bush's secret pro-choice stance and being in favor of gay rights, which were reported in
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