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of these ripples into the networks. a lot of what people panic about them is what we will experience forevermore we'll have 40, 45-year-olds getting disrupted and intermediated not only on the jobs and firms that hold industries we will create a civilization of lifelong learners and no civilization has done that. >> former secretary of state and presidential nominee hillary clinton discusses her upcoming book books that have influenced her in the 2016 campaign. she spoke at the book expo america can then chain in new york city.
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>> hello, booksellers and thank you for coming to this special event. i know what a long day it has been so i am that more appreciative that you are herery with us this evening. i am the president and chief executive officer of simon & schuster and it is my pleasure and honor to introduce hillary clinton. i [applause] of course when you have been the first female presidential nominee of the political party s former secretary of state, a twice elected senator from new york and first lady of the of united states introduced to the relative term. but you also know hillary clinton as a best-selling author and being on the front lineses witnessing firsthand her tremendous ability to write
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books that galvanized the readers and create traffic and excitement to the bookstores. as a publisher, simon & schuster is proud and fortunate to have had a long relationship and we are grateful to have published every one of the five previous books beginning with its takes a village in 1996. all three of her memoirs have gone on to become number one bestsellers. this fall, together we get to have another great book experience. not just one, but too. as you will hear in a moment she's hard at work on her newwo man water that will be assurp surprising, fascinating, opinionated, provocative and deeply reflective as anything she has written before. we trust you will hear her as never before as she gives the unique take and an analysis.
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in addition we also have the gorgeous conditions of its takes a village with illustrations by the incomparable to time honor winner. tonight, hillary will be interviewed by cheryl. [laughter] [applause] she of course is also familiar to you as a popular and talented best-selling author in her own right whose books including why old touched millions around the world and help them navigate their own personal journey. i will leave you with this. no matter where you fall on the political spectrum remember that 65 million people voted forer t6 hillary clinton last november.
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[applause]gest we will still have the biggest book of the year and we welcome your help in achieving the milestone. please join me in welcoming hillary clinton and cheryl to the book expo. [applause]
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hello, hillary. we need a glass of wine or cup of coffee or something. >> let's try chardonnay. >> one of the things i want to tell you is the benefit of not being in different being a writer instead as you can drink. [laughter] so, i want to start, i have somi questions from the audience but i have some of my own. i wanted to start with the most moving question i got from some in the audience and that is do you know how much you mean to us and how much we love you lex [applause] [cheering]me thank
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>> let me thank you for that kind of thought an and i am thrl is here with us. she is one of my favorite authors and the people i've gotten to know over the last couple of years. i have to tell you as booksellers i hope you know how much you mean to me because it has been a central part of my life as far as i can remember. libraries and bookstores are right at the top of my favorite things to do. [applause] you have two books coming on in september. let's talk about those. so, this was obviously a hugely
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influential book published in 2006. and now you decided to release a children's book addition. can you talk about that and what inspired you to do that? >> it was published in 96 and the reason i was motivated to dd it may sound a little déjà vu all over again. but if you read and are back to those years, there were people in politics and the congress who were making incredibly harmfulls proposals and saying hurtful. when i heard at that point newtw gingrich say we should take for people awafourpeople away from s and put them in orphanages, i was just beyond upset andset an outraged.
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i had been a children's advocate and i worked for the children'sd defense fund. so i thought there has to be ata different way of bringing people together around a common responsibility and what it means to be part of a community. of course you are an individual. and i say in the beginning ofs a the book it takes a village that the most important people in a child's life are the child's family that play but it plays at just in education and healthca healthcare, both law enforcement and all kinds of religiouseligis instruction. everything that goes into making a community., so, i have long been taken by the african proverb its takes a village. and so, that is why i wrote that book.t' and it became kind of a password
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in a way to talk about what we meant by the community and what our obligations were and itt became politically controversial in some circles. it was the topic of a number ofp speeches from the republican national convention in 1996 attacking me for, i never know what they are attacking me foror but a long line of that and it stayed with me. so that's why i thought that it would be time to bring that cont concept of community and citizenship and cooperation and support for kids into a children's book and how luckyyio was i that tomorrow i wasla available to the illustration. so it is a beautiful book and something i am proud of. >> if a boy is teasing you it
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means they like you, maybe that is what the republicans are doing. [laughter] >> if that's the case -- [laughter] i think enough is enough. [laughter] >> she will go to dance with you. [laughter] you also have another book coming up in september. what can you tell us about this book? >> for me it is a personal deep experience, and i also have to a say an emotional catharsis. for a long time i collected quotes that were inspirational or funny.i i shared with my friends all those years and i get reminded
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of what they meant. i was thinking as i was going through all those quotations hor it was spurring my thoughts about the life i lead and a have synth sounds into great opportunities. they shared their ideas with me and it is one of the treasures of being out in the public eye.o there's a lot that you see that is difficult to be clear, you know that. but those moments when somebody grabs your hand or when you are backstage.ory or t they tell you they understand what you're going through or they want you to know they are with you.
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like the first question today that is incredibly meaningful to me. so, i began to go through all those quotations and i began to reflect about the country and my life and what happened in thises election and to start to put my thoughts down on paper in a way that is not just about me and not just about and election but about resilience and getting back up when you are knocked down because everybody is. where you find the courage to do that and what helps you along the way. and as i say it is proving to be an extraordinary and very personal but meaningful experience. b >> really is painful. >> we have seen you give up many times after being knocked down. and i think this is one of the first questions when we walked on stage. how did you muster the strength
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to go on after, where did you find solace? i know you've taken a love walks in the woods. we were talking backstage and hillary doesn't yet have a title for this book and my suggestion is really why don't debate the -- wild. w [laughter] you have the hardship and the resilience. what do you think? >> my question to you is about those moments when we feel we can't go on. >> i guess i believe it's one of
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the great attributes through family and friends and/or faith and whatever gives you a sense of purpose and courage that it takes to keep going. and i've been blessed to know so many people over the course of my life that have faced such repeat difficult and painful experiences, whether it was the death of a loved one, a disease that they are fighting in the midst of a horrible weather condition like a hurricane. the most extraordinary capacity
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to keep going. so i do not in any way compare myself with the difficultif terrible times others have gonea through.th i had a great friend in the city that i met after 9/11 who werema grievously injured. just the most horrific burns in one case and one was a man in his coma for two month's. another was struck down by part of the landing gear of one of the planes hitting the tower. i had just been both honored and humbled to see how they had kept going. what happened to me happens in a very personal way. it's to explain what it is like to try to break through
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barriers, knowing how hard it is and that you are going to make the state, knowing there's all kinds of challenges every step of the way to explain what i've relied on. a lot of me is rooted in my family and this because i'ven mi been lucky in both. but a lot of it is because i have a determination as someone said about me the other day, a stubbornness that you just get e up every day and do the best you can. it's 1 foot in front of the other. that keeps you going when you
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are down and out personally. this book covers a lot of that and the experiences you allovere watched from my perspective as to how i felt. i will sometimes work on it for a couple of hours and have a little writing area in the attic of our little farmhouse. we live about 15 minutes north of here. i will work on it and i have great colleagues that are doing the research and helping me think through the best way to present things. it's so exhausting that i just literally have to get up, go for a walk or go to bed.to those are my top choices. >> i can relate to that. i'm curious it's interesting that memoir is about the because subjectivity and telling the story of what it felt like to be using that moment.
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that story was not a public story and you were unique in that regard yet one of the things they demand i think good memoirs demands that he be vulnerable and take risk and tell the truth. how do you navigate that and find the place of vulnerability in your work that is my first question. my second question is are you going further because you are in a difficult position. .. ruth. people can disagree and guess what, they will.
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i'm sure. this is how i experience being the first woman to break that barrier and get nominated stand on a stage for debate and all deals with all the incredibly odd happenings that were around. i'm very clear in that. i'm saying, look, you may thank you know what happened and you may be right to a certain extent based on what you perceived and how you process it but i will tell you what i thought and what i felt and what i thought because you cannot make up what happened. [laughter]
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i think that's part of the reason why it's such an incredible experience trying to write it because even i forgot some of the wacky things that were said and done and to pull that all back out and try to be both personal yet dispassionate as possible and to explain. part of that motivation is to not only it's good for my mental health but, i think, it's really important that we come to grips with what we need to do in the future as a country. it's a wonderful coincidence it's a wonderful coincidence that i am doing a children's book at the same time because the children's book is really in many ways rooted in the idea of citizenship. in the id how do we give our children the tools that they need not only for their own lives but to be t active citizens and how do theyn then cooperate with people so
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thinking about this election and all the lines that were drawn and the partisanship, everything that was flying at us it's important for me to say look this is how i experienced it and i think, i don't know if you had the same experience because lots of people have hiked the pacific coast trail but this was your truth, your experience and part of the reason it was so powerful is he could feel that. somebody else could hike tomorrow and they would have the same experience and somebody else could run for president tomorrow or in four years. they won't have the sameto experience. >> is somebody else going to run for president tomorrow? [applause] >> that's a long tomorrow. that's how i am trying to convey it and it really is i think of
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it as kind of unvarnished view of what i think happened and putting myself into these different events and pulling the curtain back so that readers can say what was it like standing on the stage debating your opponeng what was going through your head and you will find out what was going through my head. [applause] >> i think i speak for all of us when i say we cannot wait to read it. what i am curious about is said that sometimes you have to walk out of your set and go for a walk or have a glass of chardonnay. talk to me about some challenges. what are the hardest parts of
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writing this book? >> really there are so many hard parts. here is how maybe i would talk about it. one is in no the really painful experiences honestly understanding what i didn't dong well or what i didn't do well enough or what our shortcomingss were or where we missed an opportunity where we didn't do in retrospect what might have worked better and that's obviously painful but it's ave kind of pain that is part of being in politics and i have won races, i have watched races. i have never felt the way i feel about this and that brings me to the second piece of it because the more you dig and the more you understand what we are up against and taking me out of the equation so that it's not about
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okay what happened to you, it's what happened to us and how much more of alert we need to be as a nation and obviously i am particularly concerned about the role that russia played and the very serious interference that we know they were responsible for in our most fundamental democratic act. that in some ways is even more painful. when i ran in 2008 and i write a little bit about this, losing e was hard but it was such a hard-fought contest and i haveha so much respect for barack obama and it wasn't fun losing but i didn't worry about my country i immediately turned around and went to work to help him get elected and surprisingly got asked to be secretary of state so yes you lose and it hurts
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your feelings and you wish you had done better and you would have liked to have one but iet didn't worry about my country. i am really worried and i worry not just because there are partisan differences but we are living in such an abnormal timew when we look at the way this white house is behaving about some of the biggest challenges we face, the dishonesty, the deprecation, whether it's called big news or lies take your choice. it's deeply troubling and it's also worrisome that could cause lasting damage to our institution so part of what i am writing is okay i'm going to talk about how it felt and what i think was in my control and what we could have done better and wish we had but i'm also going to talk about what happened that was totally
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unprecedented in american history and whether he going to do about it? how do we think about the futuro and our responsibilities whatever political party or philosophy you have.so you can't be all right with the idea that a foreign adversary was trying to influence the outcome our election. that to me is a big challenge that we are going to base as a country. i talk about that. i tried to explain what happened and what that means for us to try to arm citizens, to try to get people a simple as possible explanation so they can go out and be active and speak up so yes let's have our debates about everything we argued about in politics but that should be between americans not with somebody employing sing sing how people were thinking and the information that they got and the conclusions that they drew
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in the decisions they made. it's that tension between the personal disappointment which you know that comes with the territory and i said the other day you know i'm fine as a person but i'm worried as a parent and that's what i'm trying to unpack and explain to people as well. >> i think it's really interesting that you are writing in your career has always been the intricately bound with your experience with the experience of the world from your very first speech, your 1969 speechry at wellesley you are talking about the meaning of your life with in the context of what was happening culturally. where does that come from, that sense of, what i'm struck by is when i think about all the books you have written there is no separating you from the political reality.
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where does that begin? >> you are really does begin with my parents. i have a very typical suburban 1950s upbringing. my dad was a world war ii vet, a small businessman, worked hard and scraped every penny that heh made getting the business started and then trying to make it successful so they could have a nice house and he could giveee us a good solid middle-class life.ou my mother had a very sad and difficult life, abandoned by hee parents and then literally thrown out of her grandparents home and went to work at the age of 13 working in somebody else's home so very different
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experiences but together they just had such a deep conviction about how lucky we were to be in this country and even though mye mother canceled out my father's vote every election they talked about the news. we talked at dinner. my dad would ask if we had opinions and he would grill me so literally from the time of childhood being an american was part of my identity. i had great public schoolteachers all the way from kindergarten through high school who also instilled in me that sense of extended responsibility and citizenship. it they sound really old-fashioned and out of date now but it was part of the glue that held us together as a country. in the neighborhood that i lived
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in all the fathers had served in the military during the second world war. although mother stayed home. they did pta things. they did other volunteer activities and at a very early age they enlisted us. it was part of our responsibility to put up the lemonade stand and raise money to give to kids who were in the hospital or poor kids living somewhere in the world. it was a very open time because the the world seemed it was out there waiting for us and america was really coming into its own in a way that was tangible even to a child. i remember in the fifth grade my fifth grade teacher mrs. krause after sputnik went up marched us into her fifth-grade classroom and said we are supposed to do
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better in math and science because president eisenhower wants us to. that's the kind of stuff that would happen in our classrooms. okay we are supposed to do better but then we get to junior high and president kennedy is there and all of a sudden we get tested on our physical fitness because we have to be physically active in order to be good americans. this was part of the whole ambience of how we were raised not just in our families but in our schools and elsewhere. i just always thought it was part of who i was and became a big part of what i cared about. >> when you were doing situps for kennedy what were you reading? with books were you reading? what books were influential for u.s. he became a young woman? >> i got in trouble during physical fitness test because we were supposed to jump.
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>> you mean the broad jump? >> and the vertical jump on the side of the wall and they kept coming up to me and they'd say jump and i said i can jump. >> are you athletic besides the hiking? >> i was when i was growing up but in sports i played soft wall, i played tennis, i swam and dove. i haven't actually kept up with that. >> mostly walking. are we going to go hike the pacific coast trails the summer? >> that would degrade. i would love that. [laughter] >> if we go with really wild wew will do a whole publicity campaign on the pacific crest trail. >> we will get a pop-up book store all on the trail.
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>> i think that's a great idea. i have always loved reading and i think like a lot of of young girls of my time i read every nancy drew book. i like the early ones better than the later ones to be honest the idea that she just seemed like such a go-getter and really smart and brave. >> kind of like someone we know. >> i heard the applause and it was like a model or me and for my friends and when i think back , i read a lot of looks when i was growing up. that had a big impact on me because she was dare i say a little bit of a role model. i always felt so bought -- bad because her brother had died.
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she was taking care of the house. she was going to school and solving mysteries, i mean really. [laughter] >> there's a real tradition in literature with young women or girls and mothers success because their main protectors are gone and they are forced to venture out into the world. i think nancy drew was absolutely inspiration to so many girls and women for that reason. my own daughter loves them too. what about in those election months do you trend towards consolations like so many of us to? >> i do and i also turn to it for total distraction. i've kept a record of every book i have read during my entire adulthood. i have one of those books thatuv have things in them so i have been tracking them and i was thinking about it the other day.
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after the election i read a lot of mysteries.am a ver i am a very devoted mystery b reader but also i have some favorites. i love jack -- jack lynwood speier and macy dobbs. i love donna leon and bringing ben is alive and i love louise penny. i had the great joy that couple of months after the election of meeting louise penny and i really got so into her characters and her locale. you just made a big impression on me. it was really fun talking to somebody who has written this theory using the same characters you don't always have a murder but the same characters and i just love that.
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i read a lot of mysteries and it was very comforting. it was somebody else's problem you know. they had to go out and solve a murder and save the day and i love that. >> so when you are writing i know your editors in the room but who is your most trusteded e reader aside from your editor? >> my husband. >> does he read everything you write? >> he reads a lot of what i whai write and he's a very tough touh critic and cross-examines me on why something is in or whyme something is out. but he has been, really we stars at dating when we were in law school and i had, i worked my way through law school. i got a small scholarship but then i had a lot of jobs and i had a job editing allow paper
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for an international law student and it was the first time that he sat down with me and we talked it over. he has always been my closest and most critical reader. >> that's what husbands are good for. mine too. i wanted to go back to the wellesley speech you gave when you are graduating.we it was full of i would say, points out the troubles in the world but there was also a great sense of hope. i'm curious about what you think right now. as you just mentioned, i do agree with you and i think we are not alone in this. something different has happened in america than has happened before and some of our very principles of our democracy are at risk. i'm curious, are you hopeful and
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if the answer is yes which i really hope it is how do we do at?? i think we are really in a pickle and how do we move forward with less division and more kindness? >> i had the experience recently of really thinking hard about all of this because you are right i was the first student speaker and wellesley in 1969 and then i spoke at the wellesley graduation last weekend. i went back and reread the speech from 1969 and i thought hard about what i wanted to say to the graduates but also in the broader world and the bottom line is i am hopeful but i really think hope needs to be linked to a strategy for dealing with what we are facing.
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some of it is very personal. you mentioned kindness. you know that is a much overlooked attribute these days and showing kindness, showing support for one another, i'm still just sickened by what happened in portland but those two young men coming to the rescue of those young women who were being insulted and verbally abused by a white supremacist on the train and then they attempted to reason with this man and to intervene he killed them both and he wounded a third man who tried to also speak up.e i am deeply troubled by that and that's not the only incidentnt that we have seen where all of a sudden it appears that there are attitudes and feelings that are bursting through the veneer of
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civilization.za we, i think have done a lot in the last centuries to deal with some of the intractable problems, not just race and sexism and ethnicity and religion but also what's an appropriate way of treating an? fellow person? one of the reasons i love living in new york is just all but totl elbow with people from everywhere and you've got to figure out how you accommodate that, how you work through that. it really does call out a level of behavior that should be expected of everyone. what i saw in this election was a deliberate effort to blow the top off of that, to basically say whatever feeling you have, whatever resentment, however angry you might be get out there and express it and it's okay to take it out on other people
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verbally or physically as they saw during the campaign. that is incredibly dangerous. that is unleashing a level of the tree all and defensiveness, hatred that i don't think we should tolerate. as secretary of state -- [applause]eled the i have traveled the world on behalf of our country and i did that as a senator. i did it as a first lady and i've been incredibly lucky and i will tell you it doesn't takell much to rip off the politeness and the accommodation that really keeps diverse people working and living together. we sought in bosnia where it was
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deliberately intended to inflame neighbor against neighbor. we saw in rwanda. i've seen it in many other places where leaders for their own purposes, their own power, greed, ideology, religion, whatever it might be really lights those flames. there is eyes kindling there. there are always people who were nursing a grievance who feel that they were treated right ank they think somebody is getting ahead and see the world as a zero-sum game.those those thoughts were very much present in my mind as i went back to wellesley and tried to say to the graduates, you are coming out of this great education you have been given at a time of a lot of turmoil and a lot of questioning. please find your role and
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something as simple as wherevers you end up go register to vote. get involved to the point where your voice will actually be added to those with whom you agree or even if you don't agree on everything people of reason wanted to get together. i told them i think we are living at a time when there is an assault on truth and reason. i think the enlightenment was a pretty good deal and it helps to provide the intellectual and philosophical underpinnings ofan our founders. i still believe that we are thee greatest man-made invention in the history of the world and we can't give up on that in me can't get discouraged. we have to figure out ways wee are going to keep going. thi >> i think that's what people of reason hunger for. i've never been so in the stall
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to it for so many republicans im my life as i am now because i think that is what we are missing out on. as you know last may i introduce two in san francisco and one of the things i said about you, i think i probably got the loudest applause is that hillary clinton made the world ready for hillary clinton. what i meant that was one of the reasons that you inspire me and so many others is that you always have fought really hard and blazed a trail. you have gone places where no woman has gone before and of course just standing on the shoulders of so many women who came before you. and the women who came beforeore her so she could blazed that trail. things didn't turn out the way we hoped but one of the things
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that has given me a sense of hope in the election is the work you did and everything he accomplished in the course of that campaign really will help that next woman who comes alonge and becomes their first woman president so i want to thank you for that. [applause]t to tha i want to thank you for that. [applause] and i do have a little side is an advice giver and i'm not going to give you advice unless you want to. >> absolutely. >> what i would like you to do is to imagine that woman who will become our first female president. what advice do you have for her and what words do you have forvr her? >> read my book. [laughter]
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i want her to fully understand what she's getting herself into because it is unlike any experienced she has ever had before. she might be a governor. she might be a senator. >> a writer. >> a writer, yes. >> she might be a business executive. who knows what she might need but our system and our country is the most difficult political environment in the world of any democracy to elect a leader. why do i say that? if you look at a lot of the women who have become heads of government in the uk, chancellor merkel in germany, golda meir in and gary gandhi, prime minister
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bhutto in the last 50 or 60 years they often arise from a parliamentary system and in a parliamentary system you run and a small constituency where people actually know you where they can of diet weight you because maybe they will see what the grocery store they will come to one of her offense or your children are in school together, whatever it might he and thenwh you are selected by your peersen to be their leader so again your colleagues who are in your party in the parliament who say cheryl is a great worker. she knows how to get things done and you move up the scale. in our system you start from scratch. it doesn't matter who you are, where you come from, how qualified you are. it doesn't matter. you can stand up and say i'm going to run for president and then you have to go out and you
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have to talk to the entire country and you have to raise a lot of money and you have to go through the gone quite that american presidential campaigns are. now i think there are some benefits to that because it is h the hardest job in the world, or at least it used to be the hardest job in the world. [applause] and you have to be prepared for what it means to be literally brutalized. the things that will be said and the way you will be treated, it kind of goes with the territory and it's not to say that men don't get harsh treatment and aren't put in the spotlight but you are carrying the burden and you have to know that. ..
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it out and put it into the bright light. it may be uncomfortable for some people to read how i experienced it and what i believe about it but i think that the conversation we need to have. for this >> it will be my, i hope i'm still around. it will be my great privilege to say, okay i will give you my best experience. my best advice. but everybody has to find her or his own way. i hope it will be sooner rather than later. >> about it will be progressive. >> yes, just because you run doesn't mean you are in the
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vote,. >> i'm going to open up for questions from the audience. i have a few here, anna fromnsat kansas city said, what is your favorite book from childhood. nancy drew, do you have onee on favorite? >> i've said this before. is obviously a young teenager when i read -- and i read some years ago that it was also one of laura bush's favorite books. i found that coincidence. fascinating. but that is on that has stuck with me to this day. >> martha from silver spring maryland says, what is currently on your nightstand and what is on your grandchildren's nightstand?ni to the have a nightstand? maybe not. >> they have lots of books, t stacks on the floor. i just finished a terrific book that i was captivated by called
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jersey brothers by sally freeman. it's a story of three brothersan during world war ii, all of whoe are in the navy, one becomes a prisoner of war in the philippines. the other is an officer in theeo fleet working with the admirals who are waging the war in the pacific, the third, admiral mod stayed in the navy started off in the white house as a naval aide to president roosevelt. the book itself is a great read and the author has done an done amazing job of re-creating dialogue that seems so authentic, she researched it for ten years. as someone in the midst of writing my own book, the amountt of work that went into that and the imagination she brought to
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it. i had a personal connection andn when i was first lady the math roomap room is when churchill wd come and stay in the white house and they would come down from the residence roosevelt would be in his wheelchair and churchill would be smoking a cigar they would go into this room and in addition to the main character of jersey brothers he talks about a young lieutenant named george elsie. george was one of the aides to roosevelt as well. the reason i was important is when i became first lady said this is so historic. it's so waiting room or smallr meeting room now. do you think there's anything left from the map room? we looked and searched and the book we could find was already in archives, and then george elsie, by that time an elderly man came forward and said i did roll up some maps. he gave us a map from the
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european theater and we put it above the fireplace there. i'm reading the book totally entranced and all of a sudden it's like a personal connection. thus but at the top of my nightstand. >> the magic of books. this one is from lauren she said please visit us again in rhode island. the shin the house? hello. this is an important questionqun for me, says an author, what is the role of independent booksellers in the current political culture? >> it is more important than ever. so many of you own run and work
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in i hope it's true what i am reading that independent bookstores aren't a real upward trajectory. [applause] >> it's encouraging to me thatnc so many people are going back ta bookstores, they are buying real books that they can hold, touch and turn the corner stone and all the things we do with our books so, we cannot have discussion, one of my dear friends, she and her husband brad on politics and prose of washington. they have not just authors events, no you are there once but they have discussions to where people are concerned about healthcare the environment, what is it mean to pull out of the paris accord which apparently
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were going to do it or immigration, what does nato really mean? using the independent bookstore as a gathering place, community center to discuss issues and bringing in an author one possible to be part of it. the role has always been important. i think it's more so no. you asked me about my grandchildren. we took really seriously the advice to reach your children. so we have been reading to her grandchildren from the very beginning. chelsea has a wonderful book of i will plug, she persisted which is a children's book aboutrswh american women. is over there the other day and as a mom and grandmother to seeu my daughter reading the book she wrote about american women to my granddaughter and grandson. it doesn't get better than that.
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so children's books for sure. [applause] >> it just happens the next question for rené's long these lines. as you said chelsea just published a new book and renée wants to know you and chelseas have thought about writing a book together?ho maybe a mother daughter relationships or how to raise a strong feminist kid, male or female. have you discussed that at all? >> no, but i will know. >> you could have a book deal by the end of the night. i think that's a great idea. another question, we sort of touch on this, but during the. campaign did you have time to read? or were you just reading that is constantly? >> i do not have a lot of time. that is a big loss for me
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because i read usually every night before i fall asleep. i would be so tired by the end of those long days and having to get up early in the morning. other than briefing papers i have an old-fashioned idea that the policies you proposed would actually be important in governing your country. we spent a lot of time and i spent many nights going over what we're going to do to increase wages and jobs and all of the issues that we are concerned about. i did not have much time for pleasure reading. >> have you read john lewis' march trilogy? >> i have not read it. i know of it very well. john is a dear friend of mine.
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even if you haven't read the book certainly you know his work in his message and they want too know how can we continue applying that vision and message that people like john lewis and others spreading that justice and kindness and equality, how do we continue that struggle in these times. >> that's a great question. john is the first person i ever heard use the phrase, belovedof community. it was in one of his early writings, his speeches was really motivated by his faith, by his courageous witness is a civil rights leader and activists. as long as i have known him that is good what has driven him. how do we bring people togethere how do we cross the divides.
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it's clear that it it is more important now than it has been for a long time. part of what i'm doing in the book is thinking through what a practical solutions that anyone could do. we are very divided.e were living in separate political words. the partisan divide has gotten higher and higher and deeper and deeper. and hard for people to cross ove over. the great book of a few years ago the big sort. we live with people who believe like we do and we listen to the getting tour echo chambers. that is exacerbated by what we watch on tv and read online. see you don't have to have a conversation with anybody who disagrees with you. >> will, you had to record it. and i sought them out.
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one of the most pregnant experiences that i write about it is that i went to coal country and sat there and listened to the fears and anxieties that people have. we have to take it out of the political realm and put it into the citizenship arena. listen to each other, learn from each other and do it with a sense of openness and effort to see what is motivating someone else. that doesn't mean you have to forget your values and beliefs. i think some people are espousing horrible points of view and they're not going to be people i'm going to have much in common with.
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the vast majority of people have legitimate questions and ty concerns on all sides of the political divide. we have to find more opportunities to have those conversations set up community programs to make that happen.e c >> he of the book coming out in september. you will turn 70 and october, what is the next chapter for you?n >> i have no idea. and i don't have any reason to have any idea. i am going to do everything i can to support the resistance. [applause] i am a congenital organizer so i have set up a new group called on word together. we can go online and learn about it. i took my leftover campaign
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funding and put it into this group to help these young startups i am impressed with. we have to get people to register to vote and run for office we have to go to town halls. it's been thrilling to me.e. to do what i can to grow that and supported until in about. hopefully see when library boards, city councils and county commissions. they are critical in this time. when we have to underfund off
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whatever damage may be coming from washington. so i'm not going anywhere. i will be as active as i can.d s that is who i am that's my dna. [applause] >> hillary has left a surprisese at the door, i won't say what they are just go to the door. on a say thank you for your service to our country, for being an inspiration to us. [applause] [inaudible] [inaudible]
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