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May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Katie Arnold and Andrea Askowitz


May 14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coconut Grove
3409 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133 United States
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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with

Andrea Askowitz


Brief Flashings in a Phenomenal World

(Parallax Press, $18.95)

Tuesday, May 14th, 6:00 PM | Books & Books, Coconut Grove


Books & Books is proud to welcome critically acclaimed author Katie Arnold for her memoir, Brief Flashings in a Phenomenal World (Parallax Press, $18.95). She will be in conversation with teacher, writer, and podcast producer Andrea Askowitz.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

A Zen study wrapped in a memoir of destruction and healing written by an elite ultrarunner as she struggles to make it to the other side of a life-shattering injury with her sanity, and her marriage, intact

After flipping her raft days away from help on a trip down the remote Salmon River, Katie Arnold’s shattered leg tests both her spirit and her marriage for years to come. It also reignites her meditation practice and motivates her to dive into Zen in search of healing. Before the accident, Katie was an elite ultrarunner with a simmering but adequate marriage who avoided being indoors whenever possible. But who is she afterwards?

In the midst of hardship, Katie turns for support to the Zen practice she had long dabbled in. Brief Flashings in the Phenomenal World is a Zen study wrapped in a memoir that tells the story of a search for stillness by a woman born for wildness. Spanning roughly two years, from shortly before the accident through the long, uncertain healing of both leg and marriage, it is a personal narrative of that tumultuous time nested inside meditations on Zen.

Having gone from a reluctant spiritualist to a Zen practitioner over the course of a decade, Katie Arnold offers unique company for those seeking nature’s exquisite highs as well as for creatives, spiritualists, and sensualists who want to slow down and examine the possibilities of a well-lived life. As the late Japanese master Shunryu Suzuki wrote, “Sometimes a flashing will come through the dark sky.” These brief flashings are enlightenment—moments when we suddenly feel as if we’re part of everything, and everything’s part of us. This book is about how to experience the flashings when they come, and about what they mean for how we live our lives.


About the Author:

Katie Arnold is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Running Home, published by Random House in 2019. Her new book, Brief Flashings in the Phenomenal World, will be published April 16, 2024, by Parallax Press.
Katie is a correspondent and former managing editor at Outside Magazine, where she worked on staff for 12 years and created the popular “Raising Rippers” column, about bringing up adventurous children. Her 2018 essay in Outside Magazine, “Want a Strong Kid? Encourage Play, Not Competition,” was nominated for a National Magazine Award in service journalism.
She has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, Runner’s World, ESPN: The Magazine, Elle, and many others, and her narrative nonfiction has been honored in Best American Sports Writing and the Western Publishing Association magazine awards. Katie has been awarded literary fellowships at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, where she was named the Robert and Stephanie Olmsted Fellow in 2016. She has guest-taught nature journalism workshops at Colorado College and leads writing and running Flow Camps, exploring the link between movement and creativity, nature and inspiration. Her public speaking includes keynotes for Thornburg Investment, the University of Southern California, Vail Mountain School, and Bigger than the Trail, a nonprofit mental health advocacy group, as well as many academic and public venues. She has been a dedicated Zen practioner for more than a decade, and often teaches writing, walking and meditation workshops with her friend, the bestselling author and writing teacher Natalie Goldberg.
Katie has been featured on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday, as well as the “Finding Mastery” podcast and many others, including “First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing” and Upaya Dharma Podcast. An elite ultra runner, Katie is the 2018 women’s champion of the Leadville Trail 100 Run, one of the most prestigious hundred-mile races in the country. She continues to race competitively and holds course records and victories at every distance from 5K to 100 miles.
Katie lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and two teenage daughters, where in her spare time she leads girls’ trail running club and coaches girls’ youth lacrosse.

About the Moderator:

Andrea Askowitz is the author of the memoir My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy and the editor of Badass: True Stories, The Double Album. Her work has appeared or aired in venues including The New York Times, Salon, Slate, The Rumpus, Huffington Post, Glamour, AEON, The Writer, Manifest-Station, Mutha, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, PBS, and the anthologies, Looking Queer, All that Glitters, and forthcoming, Stained: An Anthology of Writing About Menstruation.

In 2006, Andrea created “Lip Service, True stories out loud,” which would go on to win a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Award. She is now the executive producer and host of the podcast “Writing Class Radio,” which airs true, personal stories and gives tips on how to write them.

Andrea is passionate about storytelling and it’s power to build connections between people. She writes to figure out how she thinks and why she does what she does. Outside of writing, Andrea is an avid biker, since, in her own words, physical activities “get your mind to work while you’re not paying attention.”

She lives with her wife, Victoria, and kids: Tashi, Sebastian, Zeus, and Octavia.