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Guest Moderators Announced For Michelle Obama Book Tour

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LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Live Nation and Crown Publishing, a part of Penguin Random House, announced the list of moderators scheduled to appear with Michelle Obama on her 10-city U.S. book tour in support of her highly anticipated memoir, BECOMING.

Produced by Live Nation, the U.S. tour will kick off in Mrs. Obama’s home town of Chicago on Tuesday, November 13, with Oprah Winfrey moderating her conversation at the United Center. Other tour events will be moderated by such notable figures as Elizabeth Alexander (11/25 and 12/1), Valerie Jarrett (11/17 and 12/17), Michele Norris (11/24 and 12/14), Sarah Jessica Parker (12/19), Phoebe Robinson (11/29 and 12/11), Tracee Ellis Ross (11/15), and Reese Witherspoon (12/13), each of whom will engage Mrs. Obama in an inspiring and lively conversation. (Please see below for moderator biographies.)

It is important to Mrs. Obama that her BECOMING tour events are accessible to as many people as possible.

Last week, Mrs. Obama and Live Nation announced a selection of the local and community organizations who will receive free admission to Mrs. Obama’s tour. As previously announced, 10 percent of ticket inventory in each market was set aside for various organizations including, but not limited to, charities, schools, and community groups in each city the tour visits. Thousands of tickets will be given away. NowThis produced this video showcasing Mrs. Obama surprising students with the exciting news.

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, 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. Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. In candidly recounting moments from her own extraordinary journey, Mrs. Obama will also share life lessons learned and inspire people to become the very best version of themselves.

Tickets for all dates are available at A limited number of VIP meet and greet packages with former First Lady Michelle Obama are also available.

BECOMING will be released on November 13 in the U.S. and Canada by Crown Publishing, a part of Penguin Random House, as well as in 30 languages around the world. An audio edition of the book, read by Mrs. Obama, will be simultaneously issued in digital and physical formats by Penguin Random House Audio.    






Tuesday, November 13 Chicago,IL United Center  

Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, November 15 Los Angeles, CA The Forum  

Tracee Ellis Ross

Saturday, November 17 Washington, DC Capital One Arena  

Valerie Jarrett

Saturday, November 24 Boston, MA TD Garden  

Michele Norris

Sunday, November 25 Washington, DC Capital One Arena  

Elizabeth Alexander

Thursday, November 29 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center  

Phoebe Robinson

Saturday, December 1 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center  

Elizabeth Alexander

Tuesday, December 11 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena  

Phoebe Robinson

Thursday, December 13 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Arena  

Reese Witherspoon

Friday, December 14 San Jose, CA SAP Center  

Michele Norris

Monday, December 17 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center  

Valerie Jarrett

Wednesday, December 19 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center  

Sarah Jessica Parker

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