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Sean Spicer heading to Spa City

Northshire Bookstore to host book signing of "The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President"
Sean Spicer heading to Spa City
White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on March 31, 2017.
Photographer: ERIC THAYER/THE NEW YORK TIMES

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is scheduled to visit Broadway's Northshire Bookstore later this month. 

Spicer is slated to sign copies of his book, "The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President," at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 15 at the bookstore, located at 424 Broadway. 

Spicer resigned as Trump's spokesman a year ago, after disagreeing with the president over the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Rachel Person, events manager at Northshire Bookstore, said the Saratoga County Republican Committee contacted the store to let them know Spicer would be in town. 

"We have two or three book signings and events per week and about five to seven higher profile authors per year," she said. "Spicer is a polarizing figure, and there are people with both positive and negative opinions of him in our community.

"I hope it's a peaceful day in the bookstore."

Northshire Bookstore Owner Chris Morrow put out a statement to customers, saying: "We strive to foster open access to the ideas and information these books contain, from divergent sources and with myriad points of view, because we believe that it is essential to democracy. Northshire Bookstore tries to be a bookstore for all people, not a subset of our society."

Morrow said the bookstore chooses to host relevant authors, despite personal opinions. 

"We chose to host Hillary Clinton because she was a public figure with a book about her time as Secretary of State, not for any other reason," he said in his prepared statement. "Similarly, we choose to host Sean Spicer based on his being a prominent former administration official with a story to tell.

"We ask that you support us in our mission to be a bookstore for all people, with open access to books and authors as diverse as our wonderful country." 

Carl Zeilman, chairman of the Saratoga County Republican Committee, said Spicer will attend a committee event on Aug. 15 to honor former chairman John "Jasper" Nolan, who passed away in April. 

Zeilman said Spicer would be a guest speaker at that event. 

"Attendees are going to be very interested in asking questions about his experience, roles and responsibilities," Zeilman said. "It's a demanding job and one that only few people have worked over the years, so it's an exciting opportunity to ask questions."

When Spicer was announcing the release of his book, Zeilman said the committee decided to reach out and see if he would visit Saratoga County. 

"We saw it as an opportunity to reach out to him and ask if he'd be willing to make Saratoga County part of his stop," he said. "We're honored that he has confirmed that it will be."

Zeilman said he expects Spicer's visit to go smoothly. 

"It's a respectful community, so I don't anticipate any issues with his visit," Zeilman said. 

Joe Seeman, of Saratoga Progressive Action, said that organization is planning to protest during Spicer's appearance at the book store.

"We're hopefully going to have a warm welcome from the resistance," he said. "We have some people who have strong feelings about protecting democracy and standing up for America."

Seeman said the organization has plenty of time to hash out a plan. 

"We have almost two weeks, and in the protest world, that's forever — we typically organize them in a few days," he said. "We'll put the word out among the great many progressive activists in the area. We'll give him a warm, resistance welcome." 

Spicer's book is described as a "first-hand, behind-the-scenes account of his tenure as President Trump's press secretary, shedding new light on the controversies of the Trump administration's first year, according to Northshire Bookstore's website. 

Spicer will only be signing books, not giving a presentation. 

Tickets to the event are required and cost $31.02 -- the purchase price of a hardcover copy plus tax. 

Tickets can be purchased at www.northshire.com/event/sean-spicer

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