Book Talk: Apropos of Running, with Charles Moore
Please join Charles Moore for an insightful presentation and engaging discussion of his latest book, Apropros of Running: A Memoir (Petite Ivy Press, 2023). In his candid and passionate memoir, the author reveals marathoning as metaphor for life, educational experience, and how we navigate continuing societal challenges to reach our goals.
“A world-class marathoner who completed all six of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, Charles Moore brings to light his experiences as a Black man in the world of marathons in his incisive memoir. Based on Charles Moore’s experience running 24 marathons between 2016- 2023, Apropos of Running is at once a celebration of his journey to become a 24-time marathon runner and a candid, deeply personal interrogation of how race and culture are intertwined. The author explores the lack of diversity in marathoning, as he came face to face with the predominant myth that “Black people don’t run marathons.” From international races in major cities across Asia, Europe and the United States, including his native Detroit, he is confronted with not only the racial history of America, but the racialized history of the sport he had devoted his life to. A timely and unforgettable memoir of long-distance running, Moore is one of the few to address the Venn diagram of Blackness and long-distance running. Apropos of Running is an essential testament to the persistence and power of Black marathon runners and how one man transformed his life and the sport of running just by showing up at the starting line time after time”- — publisher’s description
Charles Moore is an art historian, writer, and curator based in New York. Among his self published works are The Black Market: A Guide to Art Collecting and The Brilliance of the Color Black through the Eyes of Art Collectors. As a curator, his exhibitions tackle subjects of social justice, color theory, and abstract expressionism. He is currently a doctoral student in Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is researching the life and career of abstract painter Ed Clark. He is the winner of Harvard University’s Titus & Venus Legacy award, the recipient of the Artis curatorial residency, a 2022 Tracksmith artist fellow, and a participant in numerous writing residencies. His books have been translated into over 10 languages.
Charles Moore is currently featured in the Teachers College news of July 17th, 2024, in the article entitled, From Marathons to Memoirs: Meet TC Student Charles Moore.
Where: 305 Russell
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