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Join us this Thursday night at 7 pm to hear from Mark Allister, author of Chasing the Light: The Cloud Cult Story, and his new work, Women's College Softball on the Rise.
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Mark Allister presents Women's College Softball on the Rise: A Season Inside the Game


Thursday, June 20th @ 7 pm


We hope you'll join us as Mark Allister, author of Chasing the Light: The Cloud Cult Story, reads from his newest book. Focusing on the 2018 season, Women's College Softball on the Rise: A Season Inside the Game explores gender performance and sexuality in softball, how the influx of money from the sport's growth has reshaped expectations of success, and traditional media coverage of women's sports.

“From the ‘run and slap’ to power hitting, finesse pitching to power pitching, no fans to huge crowds and stadiums, Allister shows the strength and tenacity of women in the pursuit of excellence and equality. Every young girl and woman looking for inspiration to become the best they can be, this is the book for you.”

— Margie Wright, Hall of Fame softball coach and gender rights advocate

Sidestepping the inflated egos and scandal that have infiltrated many men's sports, college female softball players exhibit power and grace on the field as well as camaraderie, high achievement and vulnerability off the field. The balance not only makes the game compelling to watch but also elevates women's softball as an aspirational model for other sports.

Mark Allister has taught English and Environmental Studies at St. Olaf College for thirty-two years, making him a Midwesterner of sorts, though he grew up in Southern California trying to be a beach bum. After two academic books (Refiguring the Map of Sorrow: Nature Writing and Autobiography and Eco-Man: New Perspectives on Masculinity and Nature), Allister turned to writing narrative for a general audience. His book on the beloved Minnesota indie rock band, Cloud Cult (Chasing the Light: The Cloud Cult Story), appeared in 2014.
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