Former U.S. Rep. to release autobiography and speak at two independent bookstores in Kansas

Alice Mannette
The Hutchinson News

On June 8, the University Press of Kansas will release "Laughing at Myself: My Education in Congress, on the Farm, and at the Movies," by former Kansas State Rep. Dan Glickman. Two independent Kansas bookstores will hold virtual readings with Glickman.

Watermark Books in Wichita will host the first free virtual reading to celebrate the book's launch at 7 p.m. on June 8. Signed copies are available at Watermark. Raven Book Store in Lawrence will hold their event at 7 p.m. June 16. 

Glickman, in "Laughing at Myself," tells his story of growing up in the Midwest. He delves into how his upbringing helped him play well with others in Congress and when he was the Secretary of Agriculture. He combines his sense of humor with serious reflection on his rise to becoming a successful U.S. politician and the first Jewish secretary of agriculture.

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Along with humor, Glickman, who also served as chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America and as vice president of the Aspen Institute, attributes his success to a willingness to listen, an ability to communicate ideas and a gift for compromise. He hopes politicians today will go back to these ways.

"It’s a success story of what made this country so great," Glickman said. "People came to this country from all sorts of backgrounds — usually in poverty."

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