Details on Charlie Crist’s nine-city book tour

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Charlie Crist, former Republican governor-turned Democratic candidate for Florida governor, will crisscross the state starting Monday, on a nine-city  tour to promote the release of his new book, The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP, and I Became a Democrat.

After a week of national interviews on radio and television, Crist will begin his book tour in Fort Myers Monday, the fifth anniversary of “The Hug,” a turning point in his political career.

On that day in 2009, then-Gov. Crist embraced President Barack Obama — both figuratively and literally – when he accepted federal stimulus money for Florida.

At that moment, the popular centrist began a journey down a political path that would eventually have him leaving the GOP in disgust and experience political rebirth as a member of the Democratic Party.

The planned stops:

Monday — Fort Myers

Books-A-Million, 9360 Dynasty Drive, at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 11 — Orlando

Barnes and Noble, 2418 E. Colonial Drive, at 7p.m.

Wednesday, February 12 — Jacksonville

Books-A-Million, 9400 Atlantic Boulevard, at 7 p.m.

Thursday, February 13 — Tallahassee

Books-A-Million, 3521 Thomasville Road, at 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 16 – Islamorada

Hooked on Books, 81.9 Overseas Highway, at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, February 18 – Miami Beach

Books and Books, 927 Lincoln Road, at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19 – Palm Beach

Classic Bookshop, 310 S. County Road,  at 2 p.m.

Thursday, February 20 — Fort Lauderdale

Barnes and Noble, 2051 N. Federal Highway, at 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 22 — St. Petersburg

Haslam’s Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., at noon.

With The Party’s Over, Crist delivers a “no-holds-barred” memoir by naming names and identifying the moments he feels they GOP went off track.

The former governor also outlines a bipartisan vision to challenge today’s bitter political divisiveness, one that pushes the limits of “politics as usual.”

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