Hil­lary Clinton to sign books be­fore LR event for hus­band

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS INSIDE - FRANK E. LOCKWOOD

Hours be­fore the 25th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of her hus­band’s elec­tion to the White House, for­mer Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Rod­ham Clinton will au­to­graph copies of her best-sell­ing mem­oir Satur­day, a book that re­flects on her un­suc­cess­ful 2016 cam­paign.

What Hap­pened, which de­buted Sept. 12, con­tin­ues to rack up sales. It’ll be sev­enth on the Sun­day New York Times non­fic­tion best-seller list.

The Books-A-Mil­lion event starts at 10:30 a.m. Satur­day in the Gov­er­nor’s Hall of the State­house Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Lit­tle Rock. Tick­ets must be pur­chased at hillaryclin­ton­bam.eventbrite.com, which also lists the rules for the event. Tick­ets cost $30 each, plus taxes and fees, and in­clude a book and guar­an­teed chance to meet Clinton.

The book-sign­ing pro­vides an­other av­enue for Clinton fans who want to see the for­mer sec­re­tary of state, U.S. se­na­tor, Arkansas first lady and U.S. first lady.

More than 3,200 tick­ets have al­ready been snapped up for her free Satur­day af­ter­noon ap­pear­ance with for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clinton and po­lit­i­cal strate­gist James Carville. That event, cel­e­brat­ing Bill Clinton’s elec­tion, starts at 4:30 p.m. and is part of the Frank and Kula Kumpuris Dis­tin­guished Lec­ture Series.

Christine Cor­bitt, a spokesman for Birm­ing­ham, Ala.-based Books-a-Mil­lion, said What Hap­pened sales in Arkansas are brisk, and a Lit­tle Rock sell­out is an­tic­i­pated.

The com­pany isn’t re­leas­ing pre­cise sales fig­ures.

“It’s the only book-sign­ing that’s sched­uled for that week­end, so we do an­tic­i­pate it go­ing quickly,” she said.

Hil­lary Clinton has heav­ily pro­moted her book since its re­lease, draw­ing big crowds for her speak­ing en­gage­ments and book-sign­ings.

This week’s itin­er­ary in­cludes stops in At­lanta, Den­ver and Austin, Texas.

Four of her five De­cem­ber book-sign­ings have al­ready sold out. They are in Con­cord, N.H.; Rhinebeck, N.Y.; Den­ver and Seat­tle. (Tick­ets for Hil­lary Clinton’s Pasadena, Calif., stop are still avail­able.)

In What Hap­pened, Hil­lary Clinton shares what it was like to run against In­de­pen­dent Bernie San­ders in the Demo­cratic pri­maries

and Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump in the gen­eral elec­tion.

She ac­cepts re­spon­si­bil­ity for her nar­row loss but as­signs blame as well, sin­gling out the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment and for­mer FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey for their role in the cam­paign.

She also gives credit to Nat­u­ral State sup­port­ers, say­ing they helped her gauge how the cam­paign was go­ing.

“I had trusted friends re­port­ing back to me from all over the coun­try, in­clud­ing a big group of Arkansans — the Arkansas Trav­el­ers — who fanned out in nearly ev­ery state. I be­lieve they helped us win the ra­zor-close Mis­souri pri­mary, and they were a con­stant source of in­for­ma­tion and per­spec­tive

for me,” she wrote.

She also re­counts Demo­cratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor’s de­feat by then-U.S. Rep. Tom Cot­ton, a Repub­li­can, por­tray­ing it as an early warn­ing sign that 2016 would be a chal­leng­ing year for Democrats.

In the Ozarks, Demo­cratic stances on guns and gay mar­riage weren’t pop­u­lar, she said.

In Arkansas, “the pol­i­tics of cul­tural iden­tity and re­sent­ment were over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence, rea­son and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

She makes clear, later on, that she still had al­lies in her hus­band’s home state.

“I got whacked in Arkansas as a whole, but I won Pu­laski County, home of Lit­tle

Rock, the state’s vi­brant cap­i­tal city, by 18 points,” she added.

This will be Hil­lary Clinton’s first ap­pear­ance in Lit­tle Rock since that elec­tion.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple who worked on the Clin­tons’ cam­paigns in 1992, 1996, 2008 and 2016 will be gath­er­ing this week­end to cel­e­brate the 25th an­niver­sary of Bill Clinton’s ini­tial elec­tion to the pres­i­dency.

On Fri­day, David Wil­helm, Bill Clinton’s 1992 cam­paign man­ager, will speak at the Po­lit­i­cal An­i­mals Club lun­cheon, also in Lit­tle Rock.

A few dozen of the $26 seats are still avail­able and can be re­served by email­ing po­lit­i­calan­i­malsclub@gmail.com, club pres­i­dent Shane Broad­way said.

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