Jonathon Stalls at West Side Books
West Side Books is happy to announce that we will be hosting Jonathon Stalls for a community walk/roll, reading, and signing for his new book Walk: Slow Down, Wake Up, and Connect at 1-3 Miles Per Hour! Jonathon will be speaking on the patio outside of West Side Books from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Monday, September 12th. To RSVP for the community walk/roll, go to Jonathon's website!
Photo Credit Darcy Kitching
In 2010, Jonathon Stalls and his blue-heeler husky mix began their 242-day walk across the United States, depending upon each other and the kindness of strangers along the way.
In this collection of stories, practices, and essays, Stalls explores the gifts of un-hurried movement: how a cross-country journey through the family farms of West Virginia, the deep freedom of Nevada’s High desert, and everywhere in between opened new avenues for renewal, connection, and change. And while most of us won’t walk or roll across the country, the deep wisdom and insights that Stalls receives from the people, land, and animals he meets on his pilgrimage have profound impacts for each of us.
He shares how walking deepened his relationship to himself as a gay man, offering deep and clarifying emotional medicine. He confronts the systemic racism, classism, and ableism that shape and reshape the communities he walks through. And he invites readers to become awakened activists, to begin healing our culture’s profound separation from the natural world.
WALK is for those who crave to feel and embody, not just know and study, their way through complex themes that live in each chapter: vulnerability, human dignity, presence, mystery, and resistance.
With dedicated practices—like connecting to Earth stewardship, moving into vulnerability, and walking and rolling with intention—Stalls’ WALK is an urgent and glorious call to slow down, look around, and engage deeply with the world in front of us.
Jonathon Stalls (he, his) is a self-described “Walking Artist” and identifies as queer/gay. He is the creator of Intrinsic Paths and the Pedestrian Dignity project, and is the founder of Walk2Connect. Jonathon advocates for racial, environmental, and social justice and studied at the Living School for Action & Contemplation in 2017. He has committed much of his life to help people deepen their relationships to one another, to the natural world, and to themselves at an unhurried pace. He also runs the popular TikTok account, @pedestriandignity, which calls attention to pedestrian safety and rights and has over 100,000 followers.
A transformative collection of essays on the power of walking to connect with ourselves, each other, and nature itself.