Will Hillary Clinton Skip Arkansas on Her Book Tour?

Jun 5, 2014 2:59pm
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know that Hillary Clinton has a memoir coming out. “Hard Choices” hits bookshelves nationwide next Tuesday and a month-long, cross-country book tour will follow.

Notably, however, for the potential presidential contender, there are no stops planned – yet – in Iowa, New Hampshire, or any other politically key, early-primary state.

And there’s at least one other big hole in her schedule: Arkansas – the state that launched Bill and Hillary Clinton’s political careers. Clinton has yet to announce any stops there, although her tour schedule continues to evolve by the day.

Clinton’s last public appearance in Arkansas was in mid-May when she attended the opening of a Dale Chihuly art exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library. (The Clintons have an apartment atop the library in Little Rock where they stay when they are in town).

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The former secretary of state will embark on a month-long, cross-country book tour that will take her to New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and many points in between.

Whether Arkansans will be out of luck remains to be seen, but those aching for a Clinton sighting have a variety of other options. Clinton has scheduled 11 book tour stops across seven states plus Washington, D.C., and Canada, and has plans to attend at least five other non-book-related public events. In addition to Washington, cities on the schedule include New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

She’s also granted six television interviews, including an exclusive, sit-down interview with ABC  News’ Diane Sawyer that will air during a primetime special on Monday, June 9 at 9 p.m. E.T. ABC News’ Robin Roberts will then follow up the next morning with Clinton’s first live interview on “Good Morning America.”

That’s more than 20 appearances in roughly three weeks. Here’s a look at her schedule:

NEW YORK

Clinton begins her book tour on Tuesday, June 10, with a signing at the Barnes and Noble in New York City’s Union Square. According to a news release, “a limited number” of wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so get there early.

CHICAGO

Later that evening, she heads to Chicago, where she is slated to give a keynote address, unrelated to “Hard Choices,” at the United Fresh Produce Association.

Clinton’s second official book tour stop will be the next day, on Wednesday, June 11. She will discuss “Hard Choices” at the Chicago Ideas forum and will be interviewed by Chicago mayor and recent Clinton-endorser Rahm Emanuel. Tickets for the event were available for purchase but are sold out, according to the event website.

PHILADELPHIA

Clinton’s third stop is a book signing at a library in Philadelphia on Friday, June 13.

WASHINGTON, DC

She then heads to Washington, D.C., for her fourth book-related appearance. That same evening, June 13, Clinton will take part in the capitol’s Politics & Prose speaker series, where she’ll be interviewed by the event’s co-owner and her former speechwriter, Lissa Muscatine. The next day, June 14, Clinton swings through Virginia for her fifth stop: an afternoon book-signing at a Costco in Arlington, Virginia, where she’s sure to be offered plenty of samples.

CANADA

Clinton then heads to Canada for two book-related events: one in Toronto on June 16, the other in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 18.

CALIFORNIA AND THE WEST

Clinton’s eighth official book tour stop will be at a Seattle, Washington, also on Wednesday, June 18. The event is at a local bookstore and like the Barnes and Noble event, has a wristband, first-come, first-served set-up.

Clinton’s ninth book tour stop will be in California on June 19. Clinton is scheduled for a book-signing at the Barnes and Noble at the Grove mall in Los Angeles. Stop ten for Clinton is in Austin, Texas. On Friday, June 20 the former secretary of state will speak before a large audience at the city’s Long Center for Performing Arts.

Meanwhile, Clinton will join forces with her husband, Bill, and their daughter, Chelsea, for an annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Denver. She will then swing over to San Diego to give a keynote speech at a biotech conference.

Later that week, Clinton will return to the book tour.  Her 11th book stop is June 25 at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. According to the website where tickets for the event can be purchased, the “best available” orchestra seat for this event rings up at $250 per ticket.

By the way, a bus sponsored by the pro-Clinton super PAC, Ready for Hillary, is set to follow Clinton to every single stop.

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