MONTCLAIR BOUNCE PRESENTS ALEXI PAPPAS, OLYMPIC RUNNER, FILMMAKER, MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE AND AUTHOR OF
CHASING DREAMS, BEFRIENDING PAIN, AND OTHER BIG IDEAS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021
[Montclair, NJ - 12/21/20] MONTCLAIR Bounce, A Creative Project to Build Community and Resilience presents a conversation with Alexi Pappas, groundbreaking Olympic athlete and creative artist upon the publication of her new memoir, Bravey, Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, And Other Big Ideas (The Dial Press) on Tuesday, January 19th at 7:00pm.
The evening will feature Pappas sharing her funny, fearless and empowering journey and the lessons she’s learned through her struggles with post-Olympic depression and grappling with the impact of her mother’s suicide when she was four-years-old.
Dubbed a “renaissance runner” by the New York Times, Alexi Pappas competed (and broke records) for Greece at the 2016 Rio Olympics and was training for Tokyo when the pandemic hit. As a writer, she has built a supportive community on social media with her free-spirited persona and inspirational poems. She is also an actress and filmmaker, co-creating and starring in the films Tracktown ( with Rachel Dratch and Andy Buckley) and Olympic Dreams (with Nick Kroll), which was filmed at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics and which premiered at SXSW ‘19.
The event, a collaboration with the Montclair Public Library, Watchung Booksellers and Fleet Feet Montclair, marks the launch of MONTCLAIR Bounce’s 2021 programming of online events and community art projects. Bounce is inspired by research on how everyday practices—creative, physical, and social—can benefit body and mind, helping us fill individual and collective tool boxes for tough times.
MONTCLAIR Bounce is a project of Toni’s Kitchen, providing food to neighbors in need in ways that respect their dignity, improve health and foster independence.
Information on this free event and on purchasing the book is available here.