UPDATE: Michelle Obama has extended her book tour supporting Becoming. The 21-date new leg of the tour kicks off on February 8th in Tacoma, Washington at Tacoma Dome and includes stops throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. It culminates at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on May 12th. Tickets for the North American dates go on sale on Saturday via the book’s official website.
Michelle Obama is hitting the road to promote her upcoming book Becoming (in stores November 13th) and she’ll be joined by an all-star list of moderators that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Valerie Jarrett.
“Attendees at Mrs. Obama’s events will hear Mrs. Obama’s honest reflections on the experiences and events, both public and private, that have shaped her,” reads a press release, “from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her years spent at the most famous address in the world.”
In a move virtually without precedent in the publishing world, the book tour will exclusively hit basketball arenas that seat about 20,000 people each. The events will be open to the general public, but ten percent of the tickets are being given to charities, schools and community groups. For more ticket information, check out the book’s official website.
About a year before Barack Obama left office, a bidding war erupted for the rights to his memoir along with a separate work by Michelle Obama. Penguin Random House ultimately won the project for a reported $65 million, far and away the most money ever given to a former president for a book. Prior to this, Bill Clinton had the record when he was given $15 million for the rights to his book My Life by Knopf.
Any book deal of that size obligates the writer to promote it with an extensive book tour that mixes media interviews with personal appearances. Here is a complete list of stops on the book tour along with the name of the moderator that will appear at the event.
Michelle Obama Book Tour Dates
November 13 – Chicago, IL @ United Center (Oprah Winfrey)
November 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (Tracee Ellis Ross)
November 17 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena (Valerie Jarrett)
November 24 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden (Michele Norris)
November 25 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena (Elizabeth Alexander)
November 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center (Phoebe Robinson)
December 1 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center (Elizabeth Alexander)
December 11 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena (Phoebe Robinson)
December 13 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center Arena (Reese Witherspoon)
December 14 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center (Michele Norris)
December 17 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center (Valerie Jarrett)
December 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center (Sarah Jessica Parker)
Michelle Obama Extended Book Tour Dates
February 8 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
February 9 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
February 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
February 28 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
March 2 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
March 13 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
March 14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre
March 16 – Cleveland, OH @ KeyBank State Theatre
March 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
March 22 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
April 9 – Copenhagen Denmark @ Royal Arena
April 10 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericsson Globe
April 11 – Oslo, Norway @ Oslo Spektrum
April 14 – London, UK @ The O2 Arena
April 16 – Pris, France @ AccorHotels Arena
April 17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
May 3 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
May 4 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
May 10 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
May 11 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
May 12 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium