Eager anticipation awaited U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar as hundreds of listeners gathered at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral on Tuesday evening, August 25, for the introduction of her new book, The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland (Holt & Co.), on the first day of its publication. Reading excerpts from her autobiography, the Senator related anecdotes from her childhood and family history, stories from her early days as a Senator, and her experiences working “across the aisle” in Congress. She also fielded questions from the audience (including whether she intended to run for President – the only query she declined to answer), autographed copies of her book, and posed for ‘selfies’ with the crowd.
Co-sponsored by Magers & Quinn Booksellers and the Cathedral Book Shop, with the assistance of a score of volunteers, the event gave Saint Markans and many visitors the chance to become better acquainted with their Senator, but also highlighted the church’s efforts to bring together differing sectors of society. As Cathedral Dean Paul Lebens-Englund pointed out in introducing Sen. Klobuchar, The Market, Civil, and Religious sectors live with similar tensions between what is and what could be, each with its vision for the Common Good and…a toolkit of principles and practices for getting us there. Yet because none of the three has everything necessary to build the Good Society, each needs the other to form a more perfect whole adding that this evening offered a sign of our efforts to bring these disparate worlds together.