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Supreme Ambitions on the front table of the Barnes & Noble at 106 Court Street in Brooklyn.

Supreme Ambitions on the front table of the Barnes & Noble at 106 Court Street in Brooklyn.

It appears that Amazon is out of stock of Supreme Ambitions yet again (for the third time since the book’s release, I believe). I would have thought that their magical Amazon algorithm would have told them to place larger orders, but I guess not.

UPDATE (12/28/2014): Amazon now has Supreme Ambitions back in stock (hopefully for a while this time around).

Luckily, Supreme Ambitions is available from many other retailers. Here are three (in alphabetical order; click on each store’s title for the book listing):

1. Barnes & Noble: You can buy Supreme Ambitions from B&N online or in a store. To look up in-store availability, click here, choose “Pick Up In Store,” and enter your zip code. I’m pleased to report that the book is widely carried by B&N outlets here in the northeast.

2. Politics & Prose: You can buy Supreme Ambitions from Politics & Prose in its D.C. store, which is a Washington institution, or online. I have tested online ordering of my book from multiple retailers, and I can tell you that P&P does the best job of packing and shipping, individually wrapping each book in a protective covering. As you would expect from one of the nation’s great independent bookstores, P&P cares deeply about books.

3. Powell’s: Another one of my favorite indies, dating back to when I lived in Portland, Powell’s lists Supreme Ambitions as shipping in 1 to 3 days. I just wish that they carried it in their flagship store on Burnside; right now the six copies in stock are apparently relegated to a “remote warehouse.”

(C’mon, Powell’s! This great New York Times write-up — quoting my former boss, prominent Oregon judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain — wasn’t enough to justify stocking it in store? See also the book’s many media mentions and positive reviews, including coverage in the Washington Post, the National Law Journal, the American Lawyer, and the New York Law Journal, among other outlets.)

If you are a bookseller and you carry Supreme Ambitions, please feel free to drop me a line, and I’m happy to give you a shout-out in these pages. Happy holidays!

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If reading about Supreme Ambitions isn’t enough for you, how about listening or watching? In the past few weeks, I’ve taken advantage of audiovisual opportunities to discuss the backstory behind the book (tune in by clicking on the title of each program):

1. Today’s Verdict: On December 9, I appeared on BronxNet Television to discuss Supreme Ambitions with noted trial attorney David Lesch. The show, focused on law-related themed holiday gifts, also featured Tina Nelson, inventor of the Lawsuit board game, and Lawrence Savell, creator of the Lawtunes series of legally themed music.

2. Modern Law Library: Also earlier this month, I joined Lee Rawles on the ABA Journal’s popular Modern Law Library podcast to discuss my inspirations for Supreme Ambitions and my goals in writing the book.

3. American Bar Association: Prior to the official launch, I sat down for an interview with the ABA’s William Choyke to explore the themes of the book and to offer advice to law students and young lawyers who might harbor their own “Supreme Ambitions.”

Print is an ancient and venerable technology, but in 2014 there’s no excuse for not utilizing the full range of technological channels to promote one’s book!

Today’s Verdict [BronxNet Television]
All is not as it seems for 9th Circuit clerk in ATL founder’s new novel (podcast) [Modern Law Library / ABA Journal]
ABA author discusses new legal fiction [American Bar Association]

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Where To Buy Supreme Ambitions

Christmas-tree-Christmas-gifts-presentsThank you to everyone for the tremendous support of Supreme Ambitions. Due to your support, the book was sold out for a time on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The good news is that the book is now back in stock at Barnes & Noble and soon to be restocked at Amazon (as of December 22). Orders placed with B&N ship immediately; orders placed with Amazon should be filled a few days after December 22.

The book is also being carried in select stores. For those of you in Washington, D.C., you can buy the book at Politics & Prose, one of the nation’s very best independent bookstores (and recently visited by President Obama). I’ll be doing an event at Politics & Prose at 5 p.m. on March 8, and I’d love to see you there.

Politics & Prose can also ship the book to folks not in the Washington metropolitan area. To order, just click here.

Finally, for those of you who prefer electronic formats, Supreme Ambitions is available for your Kindle or Nook.

Thanks again to all of you who have already purchased Supreme Ambitions. If you’ve read and enjoyed the book, please spread the word — and feel free to buy additional copies as presents for friends or family. Happy holidays!

Supreme Ambitions [Politics & Prose]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Barnes & Noble (affiliate link)]
Supreme Ambitions [Amazon (affiliate link)]

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I woke up this morning to find myself next to a half-naked Bradley Cooper.

I woke up this morning to find myself next to a half-naked Bradley Cooper.

Today’s New York Times contained a great feature story by Alexandra Alter about Supreme Ambitions and its publisher — Ankerwycke, the new trade imprint of the American Bar Association devoted to legal fiction and more accessible nonfiction. As the Times observes, Ankerwycke is a noteworthy departure for the ABA, “whose publishing arm is known for handbooks like the 1,400-page Compendium of State Certificate of Title Laws.”

The Times notes that Supreme Ambitions has been eagerly anticipated within legal-nerd circles: “[F]or an elite niche — consisting largely of federal judges and their clerks — Supreme Ambitions has become the most buzzed-about novel of the year.”

Here are some additional highlights from the article. There are some kind words about me:

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Supreme Ambitions cover high resolutionProfessor Will Baude, writing about Supreme Ambitions over at the Volokh Conspiracy, issued what might just be my favorite verdict on the book so far: “I still can’t decide whether this is a ridiculous book or an insightful one. It might be both.” As you might expect from me as the creator of Underneath Their Robes, a site that I like to think was both ridiculous and insightful, I took this as high praise indeed — an even greater compliment than Baude’s calling Supreme Ambitions “the best quasi-fictional account of law school that I have read (even though much of it is immediately post-law school).”

One thing I’ve enjoyed about reading book reviews is noticing how different reviewers pick up on different things. Rosemarie Yu, reviewing the book for the New York Law Journal, clearly sensed — and shared — the great affection I feel for Judge Christina Wong Stinson, the judicial diva who is my favorite creation. Yu quite aptly described Judge Stinson as “the charming, silver-tongued villainess that you secretly root for.”

Supreme Ambitions is now making its way into the hands of people other than reviewers. Folks who have ordered the book through Politics & Prose, Powell’s, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon have reported receiving their copies or notifications that their copies are about to ship.

If you’re a reader of Supreme Ambitions with feedback on the book, or if you’d like to contact me for any other reason, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Book Review: ‘Supreme Ambitions’ by David Lat [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]
Book Review: Supreme Ambitions [New York Law Journal]

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