Friday, February 25, 2005

Run with Dean Karnazes, the Ultramarathon Man!

As part of a promotional tour for his book, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner, Dean Karnazes will be running to over 25 bookstores across the U.S. in March/April, 2005 (check out the calendar below, or on his web site). This is a great opportunity to meet Dean, get a signed copy of his book, and ask him any questions you might have. I bet if you get your favorite running club to come along, Dean would be thrilled to meet them all.

I got my hands on an early copy of the book and couldn't stop reading it. There's all kinds of great insights and stories such as a blow-by-blow of his first Western States 100, how to run in -50 degree weather, and why you should always have Round Table Pizza in your cell phone for all-night runs. He also delves deep into the psyche that drives someone to push the limits, but not at the expense of a balanced life. Unlike the Lance Armstrongs of the world, Dean doesn't get paid $60,000/day to go hard - he does it for the love of the sport and the curiosity to reach the fullest potential of the human mind and body. You don't have to be a trail runner to appreciate that.

Happy running,

- SD

*Friday, March 18: LA, 7:30 PM -Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica, 3rd St. Promenade, 1201 3rd St., (310) 260-9110

*Saturday, March 19: Pasadena, 2:00 PM -Vroman’s in Pasadena, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., (626) 449-5320

*Friday, April 8: Orange County, 7:00 PM -Barnes &Noble, 791 South Main St., Suite 100, Orange, (714) 558-0028

*Thursday, April 28: San Diego, 7:30 PM -Barnes & Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, (858) 684-3166
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*Monday, March 21: Boston, 6:00 PM event at Kiehl’s, 112 Newbury Street, (617) 247-1777
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*Tuesday, March 22: NYC, 7:30 PM -Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd), (212) 362-8835
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*Wednesday, March 23: DC, 7:00 PM -Olsson’s in Arlington, 2111 Wilson Blvd., (703) 525-4227
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*Thursday, March 24: Atlanta, 7:00 PM -Chapter 11, 2345 Peachtree Road, (404) 237-7199
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*Friday, March 25: Chicago, 6:00 PM -Borders, 755 W. North Avenue, (312) 266-8060
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*Monday, March 28: Portland, Noon at Nike & 7:30 PM at Powell’s, 1005 Burnside Street, (503) 228-4651
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*Tuesday, March 29: Seattle, event at, then 6:00 PM run at Seattle Running Company, followed by 7:00 PM talk/signing at Seattle Running Company, in conjunction with University Bookstore, 919 East Pine Street, (206) 329-1466
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*Wednesday, March 30: Bay Area, 3 Books Inc. appearances:
12:30 PM stock signing at Burlingame, 1375 Burlingame Ave., (650) 685-4911
5:30 PM stock signing at Laurel Village, San Francisco, 3515 California St., (415) 221-3666
7:30 PM party on Chestnut Street, SF, 2251 Chestnut St., San Francisco (415) 931-3633

*Saturday, April 2: Capitola, 2:30 PM -Capitola Book Café, 1475 41st Avenue, (831) 462-4415

*Monday, April 4: San Jose, 7:00 PM -Barnes & Noble, 5353 Almaden Expressway, (408) 979-0611

*Tuesday, April 5: Corte Madera, 7:00 PM -Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., (415) 927-0960

*Wednesday, April 6: Danville, 7:30 PM -Rakestraw Books, 409 Railroad Avenue, (925) 837-7337

*Thursday, April 7: Oakland, 7:00 PM -A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 La Salle Ave., (510) 339-8210

*Tuesday, April 12: San Francisco, 12:30 PM -Stacey’s, 581 Market Street, (415) 421-4687

*Wednesday, April 13: San Francisco, 7:00 PM event at REI, 840 Brannan Street, (415) 934-1938

*Thursday, April 14: Sonoma, 7:30 PM -Reader’s Books, 130 E. Napa Street, (707) 939-1779

*Wednesday, April 20: Sacramento, 7:00 PM -Borders, 2339 Fair Oaks Blvd., (916) 564-0168

*Thursday, April 21: Grass Valley, 6:00 PM -The Book Seller, 107 Mill Street, (530) 272-2131

*Friday, April 22: Bay Area, 3 Copperfield’s appearances:
10:00 AM stock signing at Calistoga, 1330 Lincoln Avenue, (707) 942-1616
3:00 PM stock signing at Santa Rosa, 2316 Montgomery Drive, (707) 578-8938
7:00 PM formal event at Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street, (707) 762-0563
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Advanced praise for Dean Karnazes and his book,

“This running memoir (written without a co-author) paints the picture of an insanely dedicated - some may say just plain insane - athlete. [But Dean’s] masochism is the reader’s pleasure.”
--Publishers Weekly

“Charming and surprisingly quirky, providing the perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike.”
--Kirkus Reviews

“Hook up some jumper cables to Dean Karnazes’ will power, and you could probably light a small California town.”
--San Francisco Chronicle

“The ultimate ultrarunning specimen.”
--Runner’s World


“2004 Ultrarunner of the Year.”
--Competitor Magazine

“This book will cause the jaws of even navy SEALs to drop and remind everyone of what it feels like to be truly alive.”
--Sam Fussell, author of Muscle

“The Quintessential Ultramarathoner”
--Outside Magazine

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