World Record Setting Endurance Swimmer & Author Lynne Cox

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American long-distance open-water swimmer, motivational speaker, and author Lynne Cox visits the La Jolla/Riford Library Thursday, May 26th @ 4:30pm to present her latest book Tales of Al.

This is a free in-person author event presented by The Library Shop in partnership with Adventures by the Book. Capacity will be limited. To reserve your spot please register below.

The Library Shop will be selling copies of the Tales of Al at the event. Books can also be purchased online in advance and picked up at the event HERE. Please select in-store pickup at checkout if you want to pick your book up at the event, rather than pay shipping.


The moving, inspiring story of Al, the ungainly, unruly, irresistible Newfoundland puppy who grows up to become a daring rescue dog and super athlete—part of Italy’s elite, highly specialized corps of water rescue dogs who swoop out of helicopters and save lives.

Lynne Cox—acclaimed best-selling author of Swimming to Antarctica—is internationally famous for swimming the world’s most difficult waterways without a wet suit, and able to endure water temperatures so cold that they would kill anyone else, recognizes and celebrates all forms of athleticism in others, human or otherwise. And when she saw a video of a Newfoundland dog leaping from an airborne helicopter into Italian waters to save someone from drowning, Cox was transfixed by the rescue, and captivated by the magnificence, physicality, and daring of the dog. 


LYNNE COX was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Los Alamitos, California. She set open-water swimming records all over the world, swimming without a wet suit. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Her articles have appeared in many publications, among them The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Cox lives in Long Beach, California.



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