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May 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Running with Sherman: A Virtual Event with Christopher McDougall and Hope Torrents


May 21, 2021
12:00 pm



Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…

A Virtual Event with Christopher McDougall

In conversation with Hope Torrents

Running with Sherman

(Vintage, $16.95)

Friday, May 21, 12 PM ET

LIVE via Crowdcast




From the best-selling author of Born to Run, a heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America, and, in the process, discovering the life-changing power of the human-animal connection.

When Christopher McDougall decided to adopt a donkey in dire straits, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. But with the help of his neighbors, Chris came up with a crazy idea. Burro racing, a unique type of competition in which humans and donkeys run side by side over mountains and through streams, would be exactly the challenge Sherman and Chris needed. In the course of Sherman’s training, Chris would enlist Amish running clubs, high-spirited goats, the service animal community, and two Sarah Palin–loving long-distance female truckers. Sherman’s heartwarming story of overcoming all odds to run one of the most unbelievable races in America shows the healing power of movement and the strength of the human-animal connection.



About the Author:

Christopher McDougall covered wars in Rwanda and Angola as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press before writing his best-selling book Born to Run. His fascination with the limits of human potential led him to create the Outsidemagazine web series, “Art of the Hero.” He currently lives with his wife, two daughters, and a farmyard menagerie in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


About the Moderator:

Hope Torrents is the Museum Educator and Director of the Fine Art of Healthcare program at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami where she’s worked since 1999. In 2010 her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Over a six-year period Jordi was in and out of the hospital 45-50 times.

Hope’s own work with The Lowe Art Museum’s Fine Art of Healthcare is one step in preparing future healthcare providers to maintain cultural humility, to work collaboratively, and to communicate effectively with patients and their families.  Hope’s interest in creating a book group on health and well-being was in part propelled by her conviction that to be well means to pay attention to our physical and mental well-being. In collaboration with Sylvester Cancer Center, The Breakfast with Hope book group will continue to explore readings; both fiction and non-fiction, that will provide us with tools to maintain our own health.