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Ambassador Susan Rice: Tough Love

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When:November 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Cole Haan Stage)
1037 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

Dave Miller, host of OPB’s “Think Out Loud,” interviews Ambassador Susan Rice about her memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For.

In Tough Love, Susan Rice reflects on a dynamic career on the frontlines of American national security and foreign policy, delivering an inspiring account of a life in service to family and country. Mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of American interests and values, Rice connects the personal and the professional, laying bare the family struggles that shaped her early life in Washington, D.C. and examines the ancestral legacies that influenced her. Rice’s elders – Jamaican immigrants on one side and descendants of slaves on the other – shared values, high expectations, and the compulsion to see each generation rise while paying it forward. Taught early, with tough love, how to compete and excel as an African-American woman where there are precious few, she shares wisdom gained along the way. With unmatched insight and candor, Rice provides an intimate insider’s account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades.  Rice recounts untold stories behind such recent national security challenges as the war against ISIS, the Edward Snowden leaks, the Syria conflict, Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump Administration. Tough Love concludes with an appeal to the American public to bridge our dangerous domestic divides in order to preserve our democracy and sustain our global leadership.

This pre-ordered pass includes a copy of the paperback Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For and will guarantee entry to the Portland Book Festival event featuring Ambassador Susan Rice. There is no reserved seating; all seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive your book on the festival day, November 9.

No public signings. Book sales by Powell’s Books at the Festival bookstore.

Pre-order your book and guarantee your spot at Ambassador Susan Rice’s event!

Festival events at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall require a ticket for entry. A limited number of guaranteed entry tickets are available by pre-ordering a book with your Festival pass. Stand-by tickets will be available at the Festival box office on a first-come, first-served basis. Once again: all attendees must have a session-specific ticket for entry to the Gladwell and/or the Rice events.