Hillary Clinton Will Author a Book of Essays for Simon & Schuster

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Meanwhile, the nation plunges into authoritarianism

Simon & Schuster issued a press release earlier today announcing that Hillary Clinton will author a new collection of essays, to be released by its trade imprint in the fall. Inspired by the “hundreds of quotations she has been collecting for decades,” Clinton will use these words of wisdom as jumping-off points to tell stories from her life “up to and including” the 2016 campaign. The former Secretary of State says these quotes “are the words [she] lives by.”

We should all be excited for the anecdotes surrounding time-tested Clintonian aphorisms like ‘don’t worry, Ohio is definitely wrapped up’; ‘the best way to inspire the base is a pro-life VP!’; and, a personal favorite, ‘Wisconsin? Why would I ever campaign there?!?’ (Everyone was thinking that. Right? Right??)

The announcement comes at what could politely be called an interesting time for Simon & Schuster. Following news that its Threshold Editions imprint would be publishing (and overpaying for) a book by twitter-famous racist, Milo Yiannopoulos, the publisher has faced a steady stream of criticism and boycotts from the literary community. Most recently, all-around badass Roxane Gay withdrew a book that was set to be released by TED Books, yet another Simon & Schuster imprint.

Roxane Gay Pulls Book from Simon and Schuster, Citing Milo Yiannopoulous Deal

Maybe Clinton’s reemergence in print will help quell Simon & Schuster’s bad press. Perhaps her power to inspire the American people will bring about a bi-partisan resolve — a high-spirited cheer, even — while our democracy goes haphazardly down the proverbial toilet. Maybe we really are stronger together. What’s that? Who just got confirmed? Never mind…

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