Hillary Clinton to hold book signing in Concord in December

Monitor staff
Monday, August 28, 2017

Former U.S. secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will attend a book

signing at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord in December – the second political event for the store in a year.

Clinton will appear Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. to sign her latest memoir, “What Happened,” the store announced Monday. Tickets to the event will go on sale Sept. 5, according to a store manager.

The book, billed as a frank reflection on the events surrounding Clinton’s unexpected loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 election, has been eyed by supporters and politics enthusiasts since it was first hinted in February.

Clinton, who narrowly won New Hampshire after a grueling campaign but lost to Trump in the Electoral College vote, has called the work her “most personal” yet. Excerpts of the book, which is set to be officially published Sept. 12, have teased a bombastic approach.

“I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net,” she writes in the book’s introduction. “Now I’m letting my guard down.”

And further excerpts of the book released last week included a passage where the Democratic candidate recalls discomfort during one a presidential debate, saying that her “skin crawled” when she felt like the Republican nominee was invading her space.

Amid the anticipation, event organizer Elisabeth Jewell said the bookstore is expecting at least 1,000 attendees to flood the store.

It isn’t the first time the store has drawn a major political figure. Weeks after the election last November, the store brought in Bernie Sanders, the firebrand Democratic presidential candidate who lost the nomination to Clinton. That event drew over 1,100 people to the Capitol Center for the Arts, Jewell said.

Clinton will visit Concord as part of a book tour that will begin in September and span numerous states. To host the event, Gibson’s submitted a bid sometime in the spring, and received an offer from a Clinton representative “about three weeks ago,” Jewell said.

The store is now juggling a range of logistical preparations, involving everything from cocoa carts to Secret Service agents, Jewell said. But she predicted that the event would be a success.

“As a community bookstore, Gibson’s often attracts clientele that are more involved and aware, which is wonderful,” she said. “… It’s almost always an upbeat atmosphere.”