Tuesday, April 08, 2014

On to Milwaukee...

Doylestown Bookshop,
Saturday, April 5, 2014.
That blue shirt is getting
quite a workout on this book tour.
It's been great to be back in Pennsylvania and see family and friends. The event last Saturday at the Doylestown Bookshop was a rousing success (in no small part because of my family and friends).

Tomorrow I fly to Milwaukee for an event Thursday night at 7 at Boswell Books. (Click here for details.) Please come if you can.
Great to meet Joe Smith,
one of my loyal fans,
at the Doylestown event.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Back in PA...

Oak Park Public Library, April 3, 2014
Things have been hectic, so I've been bad about blogging about the book tour. But last night's event at the Oak Park Public Library was fantastic. Many thanks to Debby at OPPL and Jason at the Book Table in Oak Park for making the event possible. Tomorrow (Saturday) I will be appearing at the Doylestown Bookstore in Doylestown, Pa. at 1 pm. Click here for details. Please come if you can.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Hello, Chicago!

Come see me speak tonight at 7 at the Oak Park Public Library. Click here for all the details.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Tonight at 7 at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn

Elvis
(Update: The All Things Considered interview has been rescheduled for Thursday. April 3.)

The book tour is off to a great start! Yesterday my op-ed about pedestrianism was published in the Washington Post. (Click here to read it.) And I recorded an interview for All Things Considered that is scheduled to air on Thursday.

Also tonight, I will be appearing at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn with Paul Lukas, who runs the fabulous Uni Watch blog. The festivities get underway at 7. Click here for all the details. It should be a lot of fun. I've been a fan of Paul's blog for many years, so it will be nice to finally meet him in person. We'll be talking about Pedestrianism and other fun stuff. If you're in the area, please come. If you're not, but know people in the area, please tell them about it!

On a personal note, the trip from Ulaanbaatar was long (middle seat for the 13-hour flight from Seoul to New York) but uneventful. I'm staying in a house in Brooklyn with a friendly cat named Elvis. That's him in the picture.

Tomorrow I'm off to Chicago and my event at the Oak Park Public Library on Thursday at 7 PM.

Walk on, everybody!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

So beginneth the great Pedestrianism book tour...

Beer is good.
Here I am enjoying a beer in the departure lounge at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar, waiting for my flight to Seoul (then on to New York). It's only been an hour since I left the house, and I already miss Allyson and Baby Z... So begins the great Pedestrianism Book Tour. My first event is in Brooklyn on Tuesday night. Here's the itinerary. Please come see me if you can...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Effeteness of Monarchical Institutions


Dan O’Leary competing 
in the first Astley Belt race, 
March 18–23, 1878.
(Courtesy of Peter Radford)
On this date (March 23) in 1878, the first Astley Belt race ended at the Royal Agricultural Hall in London. The Astley Belt races were a series of six-day races held to determine the “long-distance champion of the world.” 

They were “go as you please” affairs—running was allowed—yet the first race was won by a walker, Dan O’Leary, who was an Irish immigrant from Chicago. 

O’Leary was the only American in the race, and his victory over his British competitors, most of whom were runners, was considered a stunning upset. 

O’Leary won the race with 520 miles, setting a new six-day record. “With this triumph,” crowed the popular American periodical Harper’s Weekly, “the effeteness of monarchical institutions becomes more evident to many minds.”

(Read more about Dan O'Leary and the peculiar history of competitive walking in my new book, Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport.)