Crowds lined up around Bank Street Bookstore Saturday morning as Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert visited to sign copies of his new book, I Am A Pole (And So Can You!).
The exclusive book signing, hosted by the Bookstore and its new manager Andy Laties, in part commemorated the work of the late, legendary children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. Colbert’s book was conceived during an interview with Sendak, when Colbert playfully decided he wanted to “cash in” on the celebrity children’s book scene and described a story about a flagpole’s search for an identity.
“It’s terribly ordinary,” Sendak said in the interview, but “the sad thing is I like it.” The interview went viral and fans clamored for a real book.
Colbert has pledged to donate all profits from the book to USVETS, which helps homeless veterans.
The illustrated book is “the perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation,” Colbert says. “Also Father’s Day. Also, other times.” Leading up to Saturday’s event, Colbert tweeted,
I’ll be signing copies of “I Am A Pole” @bankstreetbooks in NYC on 5-12-12. Why not celebrate by buying 51212 copies?
Should you attempt to amass such a collection, copies are still available for purchase at the Bookstore in person and online.