Livestream Reading: Jared Blank

Annie Bloom's welcomes Oregonian Jared Blank for a livestream reading from his book Running the Distance. Jared will be in conversation with Miguel De La Rosa of Vadela, and Jane Cooper, past President of The International Dyslexia Association––Oregon Branch.

Watch the recording here:

Personalized signatures are available when ordering the book!

About Running the Distance:

Jared Blank was only five years old when he realized something was wrong. He could already tell that he wasn’t like everyone else. He was having trouble learning to read, holding a pencil, using scissors, and tying his shoes. As it turned out, Jared had dyslexia, and he still does. With the help of his family, friends, teachers, and mentors, Jared learned to see his learning obstacles as opportunities. He also pursued sports and running as a way to excel, express himself, and help others. In writing this book, Jared hopes that sharing his challenges and experiences with school, work, and the World Marathon Challenge will inspire others who struggle to run their own distance and know that they do not have to do it alone.

About Jared Blank:

In January 2018, Jared ran the World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days) to raise awareness and $50,000 for the International Dyslexia Association. Why? Because at the age of five he was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Sensory Processing Disorder, and with the support of his incredible family and community, he beat the odds. Blank graduated from USC and then went on to earn two Masters degrees. He kept this part of his life secret for a very long time, afraid that the stigma of a Learning Challenge would alter how people saw him and the opportunities that he'd have. Now, Jared is sharing his story. Dyslexia is not a limiting factor, it's a superpower.


Event date: 
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 7:00pm