Debbie Clarke Moderow

discusses

Fast into the Night:
A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail

This event includes a book signing

Date

Feb
22
Monday
February 22, 2016
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes Iditarod racer DEBBIE CLARKE MODEROW for a discussion of her book Fast into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail, a captivating memoir of one woman’s attempt to finish the Iditarod, led by her team of spunky huskies with whom she shares a fascinating and inextricable bond.

About Fast into the Night

At age forty-seven, a mother of two, Debbie Moderow was not your average musher in the Iditarod, but that’s where she found herself when, less than 200 miles from the finish line, her dogs decided they didn’t want to run anymore. After all her preparation, after all the careful management of her team, and after their running so well for over a week, the huskies balked. But the sting of not completing the race after coming so far was nothing compared to the disappointment Moderow felt in having lost touch with her dogs. 

Fast into the Night is the gripping story of Moderow’s journeys along the Iditarod trail with her team of spunky huskies: Taiga and Su, Piney and Creek, Nacho and Zeppy, Juliet and the headstrong leader, Kanga. The first failed attempt crushed Moderow’s confidence, but after reconnecting with her dogs she returned and ventured again to Nome, pushing through injuries, hallucinations, epic storms, flipped sleds, and clashing personalities, both human and canine. And she prevailed. Part adventure, part love story, part inquiry into the mystery of the connection between humans and dogs, Fast into the Night is an exquisitely written memoir of a woman, her dogs, and what can happen when someone puts herself in that place between daring and doubt—and soldiers on.

Praise

Personal, vivid, and authentic, Fast Into The Night lives up to its title. Moderow’s ability to project emotion through her graceful prose had me from the start, and never let go. Through moments of failure and triumph, Moderow’s love for family, her dogs, and the grand adventure of life shine forth.  —Nick Jans, author of A Wolf Called Romeo.
 
Moderow heard the call of the wild. She writes about racing dogs through the wilderness lyrically like Robert Service writes about seeking adventure in far off places. She heard the challenge, learned the lessons with her dogs, paid the costs, and won the enthralling and inspiring experience. It's a book you can't put down. —Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica and Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas.

Debbie Clarke Moderow
Debbie Clarke Moderow

Debbie Clarke Moderow

Debbie Clarke Moderow, originally from Connecticut, went to Alaska in 1979 for a mountain climbing expedition and met her husband, Mark. For the Moderows, dog mushing has always been a family affair. Debbie ran the Iditarod in 2003 and 2005, completing the latter in 13 days, 19 hours, 10 minutes, and 32 seconds. In 2013, Debbie graduated from Pacific Lutheran University's Rainier Writing Workshop with an MFA in Creative Writing.

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