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Senator Barbara Boxer Shines a Light on Blind Trust

Some people spend their free time relaxing with a round of golf, a gourmet cooking class or maybe a hike in the hills. Senator Barbara Boxer finds writing novels to be a great way to relax after a long day (and sometimes night) on the Senate floor.

Chronicle Books is pleased to release Senator Boxer’s second novel, Blind Trust, which reunites readers with the challenging career of her tenacious character United States Senator Ellen Fisher. Now married (to a Republican) and in her second term, Democratic Senator Ellen Fisher is about to chair explosive hearings on Homeland Security. Before she goes head to head with the Vice President, whose excessive zeal in enforcing national security has begun to infringe on individual liberties, Ellen and her staff become the subjects of a barrage of charges and attacks that threaten their safety, as well as her career and marriage. Publisher’s Weekly called it “a fast-paced narrative,” and the Associated Press said, “Readers of almost all political persuasions will enjoy her skewering of a few extreme positions and personalities.”

Did you know that Senator Boxer was a newspaper journalist in her past? That fact combined with her experience in politics, makes for an entertaining read. I found myself trying to figure out if any of the characters were thinly veiled versions of politicians that I know of, but none were obvious. And if they are based on specific people, the Senator hasn’t said so to me, but I’ll keep guessing!

If you are interested in hearing more about the creative process and how her life informs her writing, see the video interview we created for the book.

And if you are in Washington or the San Francisco Bay Area and want to meet the Senator and have her autograph your copy of the book, come to one of the several appearances she has planned over her Senate vacation:

Washington D.C.
Politics & Prose
Monday, 8/3/2009
7pm

Trover Shop
Wednesday, 8/5/2009
Noon-2pm.

Bay Area

Book Passage- Corte Madera
Wednesday, 8/12/2009
7pm

Books Inc. – SF Opera Plaza
Thursday, 8/13/2009
7pm

Barnes & Noble Books- San Jose
Saturday, 8/15/2009
1pm

Rakestraw Books
Friday, 8/14/2009
7pm

Can’t get to any of these events, but still want a signed copy? Post a comment with the name of the politician (past or present) whose life you think would make a great book, and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of Blind Trust. Enter by midnight on August 9th. The winner will be randomly selected. Good luck!

April Whitney, Publicist

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