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Brazos Bookstore shutdown as the crush for hot new book pushes the fire marshal's limits

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David Berg event June 2013 Kinky Friedman and David Berg
Kinky Friedman and David Berg at Berg's champagne and burger party at the Avalon Diner. Photo by © Gary Fountain
David Berg and Kathryn Berg 2 at David Berg book signing June 2013
David Berg and wife Kathryn Berg at the Avalon Diner where a champagne and burger party was held. Photo by © Gary Fountain
David Berg event June 2013 Richard Racehorse Haynes, from left, Dick DeGuerin, Kinky Friedman
Richard "Racehorse Haynes," Dick Deguerin and Kinky Friedman at Brazos Bookstore book signing. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Caitlin Berg, Geoff Berg at David Berg book signing June 2013
Caitlin Berg and older brother Goeff Berg at the book signing for their father's tome Run, Brother, Run. Photo by © Gary Fountain
David Berg event June 2013 PEOPLE with David Berg
David Berg signs copies of his book while family looks on. Photo by © Gary Fountain
David Berg event June 2013 Kinky Friedman and David Berg
David Berg and Kathryn Berg 2 at David Berg book signing June 2013
David Berg event June 2013 Richard Racehorse Haynes, from left, Dick DeGuerin, Kinky Friedman
Caitlin Berg, Geoff Berg at David Berg book signing June 2013
David Berg event June 2013 PEOPLE with David Berg

We knew that popular trial lawyer David Berg would have no trouble drawing a crowd to Brazos Bookstore for the signing of his new book, Run, Brother, Run (Scribner, $26), but even the most self-assured attorney could not have expected the turnout that occurred on Friday night. 

As many as 40 Berg fans has to be turned away as the Bissonnet bookstore reached fire marshal capacity. Inside, the line for autographed books snaked throughout the store and it took Berg more than an hour to sign for all of the purchasers. In fact, all but a few of the books ordered for the event were sold. Before the signing began, Berg read from the prologue, that introduction alone enough to reveal Berg's skilled writing talents.

Key figures lining up for their copy were Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, Berg's mentor who figures prominently in the book; Kinky Friedman; Berg's sister Linda Todar, who assisted with the book's research; and Berg's son, Geoff Berg, who recorded the audio version of the book. Of course, Berg's wife, Kathryn, and their daughter, Caitlin, were there to cheer him on.

Following the book signing, 100 of the Berg family friends moved over to the Avalon Diner for a champagne and burgers party hosted by Berg and Scribner. When the author and his family arrived, the crowd broke into standing applause. 

Joining the Avalon party were guests including Dick Deguerin, Cynthia and Tony Petrello, Robert Sakowitz, Regina Rogers and staff from Berg's law firm, Berg & Androphy.

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