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Bobbi Gibb Art Book Launch: The Girl Who Ran

  • Charles Fine Arts Gallery 196 Main Street Gloucester, MA, 01930 United States (map)

Meet Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run and win the Boston Marathon (1966, '67, '68) at this special book launch at the Charles Fine Arts Gallery in Gloucester, MA..   This special book was written by authors Kristina Yee and Frances Poletti in close collaboration with Bobbi.  It is newly released by Compendium.   It's appeal is to young people in particular. 

“Women cannot run marathons. It’s against the rules.” Poletti and Yee neatly evoke the joy some find in running, simply running. Gibb “ran with her pack, going higher and higher, / the world whooshing by, like the wind in the fire.” Such couplets are found every few pages, the last four words the refrain. Readers gain a sense of the experience through Chapman’s artwork, the light-footed energy of the watercolors slipping outside the pen’s fine line, a veil of wind trailing behind Gibb. Halfway through the race her ruse is up. She is boiling in her hoodie and confides to a fellow marathoner, a black man, that she is afraid of ejection. “We won’t let anyone throw you out; it’s a free road.”

Well-told and illustrated, Gibb’s story speaks to not only women’s fight for equality, but the power of community (Kirkus Review)

At this event, Bobbi will briefly read from the book and sign books, posters and share her artwork now on display at Charles Fine Arts.  Parent, children, grandparents all welcome!   Books will be for sale in collaboration with the Bookstore of Gloucester.    Event co-sponsored by several community groups including Cape Ann Art Haven, the Sawyer Free Library, and seARTS.