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The Amazing Around the World Bicycle Adventure of Annie Londonderry

Hosted By: Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

Please join us for a CSP online event with Rescue Road author Peter Zheutlin on his newest book – Spin: A Novel Based on a (Mostly) True Story.

Peter first wrote a non-fiction historical account of his great-grandaunt, Annie Londonderry, called Around the World on Two Wheels, published in 2007. Spin is written as an historical fiction. Annie Londonderry (whose real last name was Kopchovsky – Londonderry was the name Annie agreed to go by in return for sponsorship by New Hampshire’s Londonderry Spring Water Company) was the first woman to cycle around the world in the 1890s! Reportedly, this feat was set in motion due to a wager between two Boston merchants. The bet required Annie to circle the globe in 15 months and earn $5000 while en route! It should be noted that Annie was married and the mother of three children at the time.

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Peter Zheutlin

Peter Zheutlin is a freelance journalist and author whose work has appeared regularly in The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Zheutlin has also written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, AARP Magazine and numerous other publications in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Lost Hope Highway (Sourcebooks, 2015) and Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride (Citadel Press, 2007) and the co-author, with Thomas B. Graboys, M.D., of Life in the Balance: A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia (Union Square Press, 2008). He is also the co-author, with Robert P. Smith, of Riches Among the Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy (Amacom, 2009). Peter's most recent book, co-authored with his wife, Judy Gelman, is The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars and Restaurants of Mad Men (SmartPop/BenBella Books,2011) and The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York: Inside the Cafes, Clubs and Neighborhoods of HBO's Girls (SmartPop/BenBella Books, 2013). Peter is a graduate of Amherst College and Boston College Law School and resides in Massachusetts with his wife, author Judy Gelman.
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Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

The Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (“CSP”) is a program offering adult Jewish education and family Jewish celebrations.
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