Tuesday April 02, 2013 | 04:55 PM

WASHINGTON – Former Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe is gearing up for the release of her memoir and political “call to action” next month with speeches and media appearances on the need for bipartisanship in Congress.

Snowe is slated to release her book, “Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress,” on May 14.

On Tuesday, the moderate Republican sat down with the PBS Newshour’s Judy Woodruff for an interview slated for broadcast later that evening. The pair were expected to discuss Snowe’s participation in a new political reform commission at the Bipartisan Policy Center, the identity crisis within the Republican Party and the current gridlock in Washington.

In recent weeks, Snowe has also delivered speeches to students at American University, to tax professionals at the Tax Executives Institute conference in Washington and to a women’s leadership program in Chartlottesville, Va., among others.

But you can expect a much more aggressive media campaign next month when Weinstein Books publishes Snowe’s account of her decades on Capitol Hill and her suggestions on addressing the hyper-partisanship in Washington.

Snowe will conduct a national book tour with stops in New York, Washington and Chicago as well as hold book signings in Maine.

The PBS Newshour airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.


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