Senator Elizabeth Warren talks about her new children’s book “Pinkie Promises” – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Book Fair has officially launched. But you don’t even have to leave your home to enjoy the festivities just yet.

Many of the events are virtual this year, including a conversation with author and Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose appearance at the Book Fair marks a new chapter for the politician and professor.

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Her new children’s book, “Pinkie Promises”, is now available.

The idea for the book came to her in 2011 when she decided to run for the Senate.

“I thought about not running, but I thought you don’t get what you don’t fight for,” she said. “Every time I saw a little girl, I would get down on my knees and say, ‘My name is Elizabeth and I’m running for the United States Senate because that’s what girls do.’ Then lift my finger and say, “You wanna make a promise on the little finger to remember everything that girls do?” “

The book follows young Polly who knows she’s strong and capable, but has often been told “that’s not what girls do.”

Warren says he was told voters in Massachusetts would not elect a senator, but they did.

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When she ran for president, she made more promises on the little finger with girls and young women on the campaign trail.

“And then I lost. I gave up and thought of all the little girls I made promises on my little finger. The girls got a chance to talk about everything the girls could do and I decided I wanted to write this book, ”said Senator Warren.

Senator Warren joined the book fair virtually Monday, as dozens of other authors will throughout the week.

Last year’s fair was fully online, but this year’s hybrid event will bring the books back to downtown Miami this weekend.

For Warren, this book may have been prepared 10 years ago, but the message remains the same.

“It’s not about Polly scoring the goal in soccer or finding the lost dog,” she said. “It’s because she goes in there and tries because that’s what girls do.” That’s why I wrote the book.

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The street fair featuring book vendors, author presentations and entertainment takes place this weekend, Friday through Sunday, at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

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