John L. Parker Jr. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Running writer to visit Jesup after releasing ‘Racing the Rain’



BAR HARBOR — John L. Parker Jr., whose “Once a Runner” became a New York Times best-selling book that “Runner’s World” called “the best novel ever written about running,” is releasing “Racing the Rain,” the prequel to the cult classic among runners, who often paid hundreds of dollars for a copy and passed it among friends. Parker will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m.

“Racing the Rain” follows Quenton Cassidy, a skinny and undersized kid who, while one of the fastest kids on the playground, dreams of making the basketball team. Cassidy meets an unlikely mentor—an actual historical figure named Trapper Nelson, “the Tarzan of the Loxahatchee”—and discovers his passion for running. National Book Award winner Bob Shacochis says, “athletes and spectators alike might find what is most valuable in any life—the spirit to accomplish impossible things” in this book. And Kenny Moore, former senior writer for “Sports Illustrated” and an Olympic marathoner writes, “In ‘Racing the Rain,’ John Parker not only creates the indomitable Quenton Cassidy, but perfectly captures the world that teaches him to be so enduring.”

Parker, a former attorney, speechwriter and editorial director of “Running Times” magazine, lives in Gainesville, Fla., and Bar Harbor.

This event is co-sponsored by Sherman’s bookstore. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the library.

Contact the library at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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