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Pete Danko lives in Portland, Oregon, where he spends his days raising his teen-age son, writing about clean energy, consulting on wine public relations and looking forward to getting out for a run. He was an early-morning slot guy at the old San Francisco Examiner and an editor at HotWired and Wired News in the early days of the Web and has written for Mountain Bike Magazine, Detroit Free-Press, Riverside Press Enterprise and The New York Times.

Emily Mitchell’s first novel, THE LAST SUMMER OF THE WORLD, was a finalist for the 2008 Young Lions Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, New England Review, TriQuarterly and other magazines. Her review-essays have appeared in The New York Times and the New Statesman.

Steve Kettmann is the publisher of Wellstone Books and a co-founder of the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods. A former staff writer for New York Newsday and the San Francisco Chronicle, he has reported from more than forty countries for publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The author of ONE DAY AT FENWAY, he has published three Times best-sellers as a ghost-writer/co-writer, including JUICED, the Jose Canseco steroid tell-all, and WHAT A PARTY! with Terry McAuliffe.

Dahlia Scheindlin was born in Montreal and raised in New York City and currently resides in Israel. She is an international public opinion researcher and political strategist, and has consulted on political and social campaigns in more than a dozen different countries. She is a doctoral candidate and lecturer at Tel Aviv University as well as a columnist, op-ed contributor and media commentator. Dahlia has published articles in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post and Haaretz.

T.J. Quinn is an award-winning investigative reporter for ESPN who has reported widely on performance-enhancing drugs. He also appears as a regular guest anchor on the ESPN program “Outside the Lines.” Quinn spent seven years as a baseball beat writer, covering the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets, and was chairman of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He was a member of the New York Daily News’ sports investigative team, which broke numerous stories about PEDs in baseball. T.J. also serves as adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia, and coaches too many youth soccer teams.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Short Stories, how I've missed you! 21 Feb 2013
By Marcia Benjamin - Published on
Format: Paperback
I think it's been since high school that I've read a book of short stories. But this wonderful new collection, Night Running, has opened my eyes again to this lovely genre. The book begins with the best of the bunch, a wonderful essay by Pete Danko, about his first time entering a 50K race. My favorite part of this story, besides Pete's ease of language, was that the reader never learned how the actual race turned out. The narrative wasn't just about the nuts and bolts of the race, but rather the challenges he overcame just to get through the opening 10K, held in darkness on an unfamiliar course. That was the best part of the race, so why clutter up the story with the running blahblahblah?

Okay, I'm a swimmer. But race reports of people feeling stronger as they go, pushing through the pain, doing it to overcome something lost, or generally babbling about the mysticism in their solitary pursuit of mileage are not for me.

All of the other essays have tastes of the above, but all are so wonderfully written and edited as to let me enjoy their rides as well. Fun to read! In fact, I sat at the kitchen table, with the sun on my hair, and read the entire book the day it arrived in the mail. For someone who can't even get through the newspaper without nodding off into a plate of lunch, that was saying something. Buy the book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What We Talk About When We Talk About Running - At Night 20 Feb 2013
By Michael P. McCullough - Published on
Format: Paperback
A book of essays about running at night - who knew such a thing existed? Thank you Kindle Lending Library! And not only that the blurb at the end of this short book promises a second volume (and solicits submissions). If you are a runner, especially if you are a middle-aged, introspective runner, you might enjoy this quick read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book! 14 Jun 2013
By J. Klingner - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have to confess--I am not a runner. But I still loved this book. Each of the essays is so well-written, with writing that draws the reader in, and each has a compelling point that leaves the reader wanting to savor the essay at the end, to pause and reflect before moving on with one's day.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Captivating and Inspiring, Night Running NEVER disappoints 12 Jun 2013
By writingright - Published on
Format: Paperback
Intriguing and easy to read, Night Running takes a closer look at an activity that most of us either dread or take for granted. Carefully prefaced with the book's goal, to inspire readers to find creative inspiration though the authors' experiences, and concluded in a way that ties all five essays together, Night Running takes readers on a tortuous journey through themselves. The remarkable cast of writers, ranging from NY Times Bestselling author Steve Kettmann to well-known ESPN reporter TJ Quinn, provides a variety of thought-provoking perspectives that are sure to capture the reader's attention. While on the surface the book seems to focus on lessons learned from running into the darkness, it sheds light on the impact that a typically overlooked activity can make on our lives. These writers found solitude in their running, a place where they could distance themselves from the rest of the world and discover new, previously hidden aspects of themselves. With a book like Night Running, every reader will be sure to come away with a unique, novel interpretation that will inspire a surge of passion, whether it be in the dark or under the sun, in a marathon or on the couch. Runners might put down this book eager to reconsider the motivation behind their sacred pastime, whereas the book may lead those who detest that kind of strenuous physical activity to pursue their passions elsewhere. For me, at least, Night Running was fascinating and sent me trekking up the hills, through the valleys, and into the darkness that lies somewhere deep within me. I highly recommend this riveting collection of inspiring anecdotes and insightful commentary, as Night Running is a must-read for runners, writers, and just about anyone looking for another source of inspiration.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable and engaging 2 Jun 2013
By Vanessa Runs - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am impressed. Who knew so much could be written about night running? This really brought me back to the raw joy (and fear!) associated with running after dark. Well done.
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