Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
Christine Quinn's new memoir With Patience and Fortitude sold only about 100 hardback copies in its first week, according to Nielsen BookScan. Quinn is City Council Speaker, and she's running for Mayor. So the book's poor performance is a bit of a head-scratcher for the publishing and political worlds.
Part of the trouble seems to be that Quinn has done very few book interviews. She hasn't even mentioned the memoir in her twitter feed. Jim Milliot, co-editorial director of Publisher's Weekly, said that this is unusual.
“There have been plenty of politicians that have published books and then go on tours to promote the book and their campaign, she doesn't seem to have done that,” Milliot said.
Quinn may not have done a book tour due to New York's strict campaign finance rules.