Book Seller hosts ‘All-night runner’ |

Book Seller hosts ‘All-night runner’

Fresh from “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “60 Minutes,” author Dean Karnazes will be at The Book Seller tonight to celebrate the release of his new book, “Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner.” He will talk about the thrills and hazards of extreme sport and tell tales of his many amazing marathons.

Karnazes’ memoir paints the picture of an insanely dedicated athlete who started running in high school, quit the sport for 15 years, then at 30 years of age put back on his running shoes one night and ran 30 miles on a whim. That was it, the classic turning point.

Karnazes does not run standard, every-day-style marathons. Take the time he ran the first marathon held at the South Pole, or the time he ran 135 miles through Death Valley. He has also completed the 100-mile Western States Competition, from Tahoe to Auburn, more than once.


“Never,” writes Karnazes, “are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in.” Of course, there is more to it than that, but his pain can be a reader’s pleasure. Casual runners will be inspired by his determination, and nonathletes will feel validated in their belief that runners are indeed a strange breed.

The Book Seller is located at 107 Mill St., Grass Valley. The reading is at 6 p.m. Call the store at 272-2131 for information.

Note: Bring your running shoes and join Karnazes for a short run after the book signing and raffle of Northface goodies.

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