I am so pleased this morning to announce that Bill Scher will be joining us for an FDL Book Salon on his book Wait! Don't Move to Canada: A Stay-and-Fight Strategy to Win Back America  on December 3, 2006 at 5:00 pm ET/2:00 pm PT.  Bill is the Executive Editor at Liberal Oasis, and appears regularly on Air America as well.

We spend a lot of time on FDL discussing the need for accountability — and the need to remind our elected officials that they work for us, and not the other way around.  Bill has put together some fantastic, practical information on how to do just that — and some great, fact-based support for a whole host of issues on which we all need to do better. 

This is a book that we have needed for a long, long time — not just for the well-informed and involved group of American citizens, but also for the not-so-well-informed-but-disgusted-and-not-sure-what-to-do-about-it crowd.  (That group, especially, will find this illuminating.)  The prose is fresh, the ideas solid, and the values progressive — but that's not a surprise, because Bill is a great guy with a very sharp mind for politics and the messages we send with our public discourse.  I hope that some Hill staffers will pick this up and read it as well, because the Democratic leadership could use this refresher course from Bill as well.

I was lucky enough to have coffee with Bill yesterday — he's on his way south on his book tour, and he dropped by our local Starbucks to grab a mocha with The Peanut and me, having spent the night before at Chez Atrios

The Peanut just loved him, as you can see here:


We had lots of fun, talked some political shop, and then Bill climbed back into his car with its "peace" bumper sticker and headed further down the road toward Asheville, NC.  (I clued him in on the local speed traps that he'd be passing through along the way, so hopefully he avoided the tourist tickets.) 

If you are in the Asheville area, Bill will be hanging with the local Drinking Liberally group – tonight at 7 PM at the Asheville Brewing Company, 77 Coxe Avenue – should be a fun time and it would be a good way to get yourself a personally signed copy of Wait! Don't Move to Canada: A Stay-and-Fight Strategy to Win Back America .  I'll be a little busy with a certain wee girlie: