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michelle obama announces becoming book tour


You’ve probably already got your pre-orders in, but in addition to the November release of her memoir, Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama has announced she’ll be embarking on a 10-city book tour to promote her latest literary effort.

In an announcement video posted on-line last week, Obama shared that she’s “a little frightened” about how “candid and honest and open” she is in the book which she describes as a deeply personal experience in which she talks about her roots and finding her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother. She shares she’s had some time to reflect on her days at the White House and the book will include her thoughts in retrospect:

“Over this time that I’ve been out of the White House, I’ve had time to think and reflect for the first time in a long time. I spent some time really thinking about the people, the stories and the experiences that have shaped me and helped me become the person I am today.”

“I am proud of what I’ve created. I’m proud because it is candid, it’s honest, it is totally and utterly me. So I’m also a little frightened because it is so candid and honest and open.”

The tour kicks off November 13 in Obama’s hometown of Chicago and will go on to make stops in major cities such as Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia. Obama shares that moderators have yet to be announced but will include famous friends and family. And of course, staying true to her commitment to community and empowerment, Mrs. O has ensured that ten percent of seats at each venue be given away at no cost to fans and community. People reports individual ticket prices start as low as $29.50, an signed book bundles and VIP tickets will be available as well.

Mrs. Obama shared that she hopes the tour will be an opportunity for attendees to reflect on their own journeys of renewal:

“I’ve spent the last year and a half reflecting on my story as deeply and honestly as I could, and now I’m thrilled to travel the country and do the same with readers this fall.”

”I hope that this tour will inspire others to reflect upon and share their own stories—all the joys and sorrows, all the scars and renewals — so that together, we can better recognize that each of us, in our own way, is in a constant process of becoming.”

Registration for the “verified-fan” pre-sale of tickets is currently open through Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. PT. Tickets for the general public will be available starting Friday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. local time.

You can check out the announcement below:

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