MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Book Fair is officially underway. But you don’t even have to leave your house yet to enjoy the festivities.
Many events are virtual this year, including a conversation with author and Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose appearance at the Book Fair marks a new chapter for the politician and professor.
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Her new children’s book, “Pinkie Promises,” is out now.
The idea for the book came to her in 2011 when she decided to run for senatorial elections.
“I thought about not running, but I thought you don’t get what you don’t fight for,” she said. “Every time I see a little girl, I get down on my knees and say, ‘My name is Elizabeth and I’m running for the United States Senate because that’s what girls do.’ Then raise my finger and say, ‘Do you want to make a pinkie promise to remember all the things girls do?’ »
The book follows young Polly who knows she is strong and capable, but has often been told “that’s not what girls do”.
Warren says he was told Massachusetts voters wouldn’t elect a female senator, but they did.
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When she ran for president, she made more rosy promises with girls and young women on the campaign trail.
“And then I lost. I gave up and thought about all the little girls I made little promises to. The girls had a chance to talk about all the things girls could do and I decided I wanted to write this book,” Senator Warren said.
Senator Warren joined the book fair virtually Monday, as dozens of other authors will throughout the week.
Last year’s fair was entirely online, but this year’s hybrid event will bring the books back to downtown Miami this weekend.
For Warren, this book may have taken 10 years to prepare, but the message remains the same.
“It’s not about Polly scoring the football goal or finding the lost dog,” she said. “It’s that she gets in there and tries because that’s what girls do. That’s why I wrote the book.
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The street fair with book vendors, author presentations and entertainment takes place this weekend, Friday through Sunday, at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami.