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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to sign books at Warner event

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2012 file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The veterans bill vote could put Senate Republicans in the uncomfortable position of saying no to a politically powerful constituency during an election year. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill’s author and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, has gained the endorsement of myriad veterans groups to generate momentum for his bill, which the panel says would cost $21 billion over 10 years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2012 file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The veterans bill vote could put Senate Republicans in the uncomfortable position of saying no to a politically powerful constituency during an election year. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill’s author and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, has gained the endorsement of myriad veterans groups to generate momentum for his bill, which the panel says would cost $21 billion over 10 years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will speak and sign books at an event hosted by MainStreet BookEnds in Warner on Saturday as part of the store’s new “Rebuilding Our Economy and Restoring Our Democracy” series.

Sanders has written two books, The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class and Outsider in the House. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history, according to his website.

Katharine Nevins, co-owner of MainStreet BookEnds, said the speaker series is still in the planning process but the theme is part of the “natural flow of conversation” in town.

“Being a bookstore in a small town and being a community center, these topics are what we’re always talking about,” she said. “We’re always thinking about local economy and everyone in the community having a voice and what that means. We think Bernie will address those topics very well.”

Sanders’s 2011 book, The Speech, focuses on the senator’s 8½-hour filibuster in December 2010 about President Obama’s tax deal with congressional Republicans. Outsider in the House, published in 1998, is a memoir on Sanders’s political career.

The event begins at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Jim Mitchell Community Park, adjacent to the bookstore at 16 E. Main St. in Warner.

(Ann Marie Jakubowski can be reached at 369-3302 or ajakubowski@cmonitor.com.)

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