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SPECIAL EVENT: Author Talk with Chris McDougall: Running with Sherman

November 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Union Avenue Books and Ijams Nature Center on Monday, November 11 at 6:30pm for the first talk in our new The Nature of Books Author Series. We invite you to come out and listen to night of heartwarming stories from New York Times bestselling author, Christopher McDougall, for his new book Running with Sherman, which is about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America.

McDougall is trained as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, and covered wars in Rwanda and Angola before writing his international bestseller, Born to Run. His fascination with the limits of human potential led him to create the Outside magazine web series, “Art of the Hero.”

About the Book:
When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move, and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman’s body but to heal his mind as well. It turns out the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job, and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He’d heard about burro racing–a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days–and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado.
Easier said than done. In the course of Sherman’s training, Chris would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. Along the way, he shows us the life-changing power of animals, nature, and community.

***If you show up at Ijams at 5pm in your running gear. You can go on a run with Christopher.***


November 11
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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