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Michelle Obama bringing live Q&A to Nassau Coliseum this spring

Former first lady Michelle Obama greets people as

Former first lady Michelle Obama greets people as they buy signed copies of her book, "Becoming," at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 18. Credit: AP / Jacquelyn Martin

Former first lady Michelle Obama will participate in a moderated Q&A at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on May 1. The moderator will be announced at a later date.

Venue representatives said Thursday that general-public tickets will be available 10 a.m. Monday at

"A Moderated Conversation with Michelle Obama" is distinct from her book tour that ran from Nov. 13, 2018, to May 12, 2019, in support of her memoir "Becoming" and which included Brooklyn's Barclays Center on that Dec. 1 and 19. She additionally was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey earlier this month as the centerpiece of the "Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus" event there.

The Princeton University and Harvard Law School-educated Obama, 56, was first lady from 2009 to 2017. She launched the initiatives Let's Move! to help combat childhood obesity; Joining Forces, to support veterans, service members and their families; Reach Higher, to inspire youth to seek higher education; and Let Girls Learn, to help adolescent females around the world attend school.

Her "Becoming" tour had included such guest moderators as late-night hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien; morning-show anchors Gayle King and Robin Roberts; journalist Isha Sesay; chef and TV personality Rachael Ray; and comedians Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, among others. The book was the top-seller in the United States and Canada in 2018, according to the Port Washington-based NDP BookScan, the publishing industry's standard analytics source. Translated into 31 languages, “Becoming" was also the No. 1 book in England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain and elsewhere.

Obama has repeatedly said she has no desire to run for office, telling Kimmel in November 2018, "I've never had any serious conversations with anyone about it because it's not something that I'm interested in or would ever do. Ever." 

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