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Date:
June 27, 2022
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:

YouTube Live

Contact:
541-682-5450
Cost:
Free
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"Spirit Run" Author Noé Álvarez (Online)

Monday, June 27, 2022

An online talk and Q&A with Noé Alvarez, author of the bestselling “Spirit Run."

In advance of the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, join us for an online talk and Q&A with Noé Álvarez, author of the acclaimed memoir “Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land.” Álvarez will discuss this amazing journey as well as the experience of writing a NY Times Editors' Choice and bestseller. Watch live or later at https://bit.ly/EugSpiritRunTalk


The library will also host book groups about "Spirit Run" in advance of this talk. Sign up to participate in an online or in-person book group; participants get a free copy of the book to keep.

Or enjoy the book free with your library card in print or online: find it here or here.


About the book and the author:  Growing up in Yakima, Washington, Noé  Álvarez worked at an apple–packing plant alongside his mother. A university scholarship offered escape, but as a first-generation Latino college student, Álvarez struggled to fit in.

At nineteen, he learned about a Native American/First Nations movement called the Peace and Dignity Journeys, epic marathons meant to renew cultural connections across North America. He dropped out of school and joined a group of Dene´, Secwe´pemc, Gitxsan, Dakelh, Apache, Tohono O’odham, Seri, Pure´pecha, and Maya runners, all fleeing difficult beginnings.

Telling their stories alongside his own, Álvarez wrote about a four-month journey from Canada to Guatemala that pushed him to his limits. He details not only the challenges of overcoming hunger, thirst, and fear -- dangers included stone–throwing motorists, and a mountain lion -- but also of asserting Indigenous and working–class humanity in a capitalist society where oil extraction, deforestation, and substance abuse wreck communities.

Running through mountains, deserts, and cities, including through the Mexican territory his parents left behind, Álvarez forged a new relationship with the land, and with the act of running, carrying with him the knowledge of his parents’ migration, and -- against all odds in a society that exploits his body and rejects his spirit -- the dream of a liberated future.


 





 





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