Beto O'Rourke | Book Talk & Signing

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We are thrilled and honored to announce that Ernest & Hadley Booksellers has been chosen to host a book signing and talk for one of America's most promising and charismatic representatives, Beto O'Rourke, on his Powered By People tour! He will be visiting Tuscaloosa on Thursday, February 29, 2024, and although we would love to host Mr. O'Rourke at the store, this event will occur off-site at EasterSeals of West Alabama: East, 1400 James I Harrison Jr Pkwy, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405. Event begins at 6:00 PM CST ~ RSVP HERE


Join Beto O’Rourke for a candid talk about protecting our sacred right to vote and what it will take to save our democracy at this critical moment of truth.

As a former Texas congressman and founder of the voting rights and voter registration organization Powered By People, Beto is uniquely qualified to explain both the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead as we approach the most consequential elections of our time. 

Tickets to this event include discussion with Beto and the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of his latest book, WE’VE GOT TO TRY: How the Fight for Voting Rights Makes Everything Else Possible.


This event is FREE to the public! Please RSVP on Eventbrite, with the option to purchase the book ahead of time to ensure your copy. Books will be available for sale at the event, and Mr. O'Rourke will be signing books after the talk. 


By sharing stories from his beloved home state of Texas, activist and political leader Beto O’Rourke inspires us to overcome the greatest challenge to our democracy and fight to preserve the right to vote.

In We’ve Got To Try, O’Rourke shines a spotlight on the heroic life and work of Dr. Lawrence Aaron Nixon and the west Texas town where he made his stand. The son of an enslaved man, Nixon grew up in the Confederate stronghold of Marshall, Texas before moving to El Paso, becoming a civil rights leader, and helping to win one of the most significant civil and voting rights victories in American history: the defeat of the all-white primary. His fight for the ballot spanned 20 years and twice took him to the U.S. Supreme Court.

With heart, eloquence, and powerful storytelling, O’Rourke weaves together Nixon’s story with those of other great Texans who changed the course of voting rights and improved America’s democracy. While connecting voting rights and democracy to the major issues of our time, O’Rourke also shares what he saw, heard, and learned while on his own journey throughout the 254 counties of his home state. By telling the stories of those he met along the way and bringing us into the epicenter of the current fight against voter suppression, the former El Paso Congressman shows just how essential it is that the sacred right to vote is protected and that we each do our part to save our democracy for generations to come.

Don't miss the opportunity to meet Beto O'Rourke and share your story - RSVP HERE!


Beto O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Texan, born and raised in El Paso where he has served as a small business owner, a city council representative and a member of Congress. He founded and currently leads Powered by People, a Texas-based organization that works to expand democracy and produce Democratic victories through voter registration and direct voter engagement.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
East, 1400 James I Harrison Jr Pkwy
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
We've Got to Try: How the Fight for Voting Rights Makes Everything Else Possible By Beto O'Rourke Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250852465
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - September 26th, 2023