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June 27, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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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

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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