Worthy Publishing cancels book signings of Vick’s autobiography, Finally Free, due to “credible threats of violence.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 11, 2013 – Worthy Publishing, in coordination with Michael Vick’s advisors, has cancelled his planned book signings around the country after credible threats of personal harm and property damage were received by Barnes & Noble Booksellers and distinguished independent bookstore Books & Greetings in Northvale, New Jersey.
Despite warnings of planned protests, Vick had hoped to continue with the appearances as planned, bringing his story of redemption and second chance to major markets. However, once the reported protests escalated into threats of violence against the retailers, Worthy Publishing, Vick and his family, decided to cancel the events.
“While we stand by Michael Vick’s right to free speech and the retailers’ right to free commerce, we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm’s way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick’s book-‐signing appearances,” said Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing. “We’ve been assured these threats of violence, which have been reported to the police, are being taken very seriously by local authorities.”
“Michael Vick has millions of fans and has countless letters from teachers thanking him for inspiring students to make positive changes,” said Chris Shigas with Vick’s long-‐time PR firm French/West/Vaughan. “It is disturbing that a few extremists would threaten Vick’s family and store employees.”
Vick’s autobiography, Finally Free, reveals behind-‐the-‐scenes details of how he spiraled out of control, his time in prison and the hard fall that later brought about his redemption.
Worthy Publishing (www.worthypublishing.com) is a privately held Christian publisher based in Nashville, Tennessee. Focused on a limited list of books each season, Worthy publishes in a variety of categories including fiction, spiritual growth, current events, biblical study, biography, devotionals, and Bibles.