3/18 Carolyn Wood

Carolyn Wood presents

Tough Girl: An Olympian's Journey

on Saturday March 18th at 6 pm

Carolyn Wood, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, won a gold medal in swimming in the 1960 Rome Olympics at age fourteen. She is a retired English teacher who spent more than thirty years encouraging students to write and is now taking her own advice, although often she’d rather be practicing yoga, or outdoors tending her bees and garden or hiking backroads and mountain trails. Ms. Wood’s work has appeared in Teachers as Writers and Elohi Gadugi Journal. This is her first book.

Tough Girl recounts two journeys taken almost sixty years apart.  One is the coming-of-age story of a rambunctious and closeted Northwest swimmer during the 1950s as she learns to train, race, and ultimately compete for gold in the 1960 Rome Olympics.  The other follows her memories and meditations along the Camino de Santiago in 2012 as alone she comes to accept the end of a decades long relationship.

Event date: 

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

422 SW 6th st
Redmond, OR 97756
Tough Girl: An Olympian's Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997782806
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: White Pine Press (NY) - September 25th, 2016