ALEXI PAPPAS

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MONTCLAIR BOUNCE PRESENTS ALEXI PAPPAS, OLYMPIC RUNNER, FILMMAKER, MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE AND AUTHOR OF 

BRAVEY 

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.