Thanks to a massive amount of interest sparked by this weekend’s LA Times profile piece by Nita Lelyveld, North Hollywood author Peter Winkler is suddenly sitting pretty. The disabled first-time writer, who because of rheumatoid arthritis tapped out his tome about Dennis Hopper one chopstick-touch at a time, has discovered just how much of an impact a supportive tweet and Facebook post by Roger Ebert can have.

“The first run [of 1,500] is almost sold out now via Amazon and Barnes & Noble,” Winkler tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “I’ve also talked to some LA bookstores and they’re already down to their last, or no, copy. My publisher is now planning a second print run of 3,000.”

Alongside Ebert, other celebrities who tweeted out a link to the LA Times article included Dana Delaney and Maria Shriver. The story was also social media fodder for journalists at the New York Times, the Houston Chronicle and elsewhere.

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