Michelle Obama is continuing her book tour with new cities to the lineup!
“I couldn’t be more excited to visit even more cities across the country and around the world,” the former first lady, 54, said in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE about the additions to the final leg of her book tour, Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama.
“I’ve been so humbled by the response to the tour thus far and the overwhelming interest we’ve received from so many communities we weren’t able to visit this year,” she continued. “That’s why I’m thrilled that we’re able to expand our conversations to these new settings and wider audiences. I can’t wait to continue the discussions that have been so meaningful for me and, I hope, for so many others.”
Even before its publication, Mrs. Obama’s memoir Becoming made headlines. Her candid reflections about her childhood, how she struggled to balance her career as a high-powered lawyer and mother, and the challenges she’s faced during her marriage to former President Barack Obama and as first lady, have captivated the nation.
I’m having so much fun with all of you on my #IAmBecoming tour that I decided to do one final round of events to see folks in some cities we missed! These conversations have been so meaningful for me, and I hope they’ve been meaningful for you all, too. https://t.co/tOEk59nT71 pic.twitter.com/MMQTkZ4pMY
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 11, 2018
Rocketing to the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list after one week, the hardcover edition has sold more copies than any other book published in the U.S. in 2018, according to the tour’s press release. More than three million copies of Becoming have sold in the U.S. and Canada alone.
The book tour has also garnered massive attention. Featuring earnest conversations with icons like Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Jessica Parker, the 2018 leg of the tour included 12 events across 10 cities.
“Over this time that I’ve been out of the White House, I’ve had time to think and reflect for the first time in a long time. I spent some time really thinking about the people, the stories and the experiences that have shaped me and helped me become the person I am today,” Mrs. Obama said in a video when she first announced her tour in September.
“I am proud of what I’ve created. I’m proud because it is candid, it’s honest, it is totally and utterly me. So I’m also a little frightened because it is so candid and honest and open,” she added.
That said, Obama is eager to share her book with the world — and to see how it empowers readers.
“I’m hoping that, because of this book, others feel the power of their own voice and their own story,” the former first lady said. “Not in the big moments, but in the little things, the small moments, the bumps, the bruises, the highs and the lows — because those are the things that make us uniquely who we are.”