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John Presta @ Borders

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This Friday, John Presta discusses and signs his book Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners and 300 Volunteers Did It at the Evanston Borders. A first-person account of the early days of Obama's political career, the "Mr. and Mrs." of the title refers to Presta and his wife, owners of the (now closed) Reading on Walden bookstore in Beverly, whom Obama called his "Southwest Side powerhouses." Dan Shomon, former campaign manager and political director for Senator Barack Obama says "Michelle and John Presta were really there at the beginning. They were true grassroots organizers, and John's memory and the intimate details of this book provide a true picture of the real story of Barack Obama's meteoric rise. It was people like Michelle and John who really made it happen and stuck their neck out for the skinny guy with the funny name. There are many Michelle and Johns out there, and I hope they all decide to write their stories like John did." Borders, 1700 Maple Ave., Evanston, Friday, August 6 at 5pm.

 
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