My name is Dan Rubinstein. I like to walk. And I like to write. So I decided to combine my two passions. The result was my first book, Born to Walk: The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act, published in April 2015 by ECW Press, and available for purchase at bookstores (bricks-and-mortar and online) throughout Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. Here’s how the publisher describes it:
“The humble act of putting one foot in front of the other transcends age, geography, culture, and class, and is one of the most economical and environmentally responsible modes of transit. Yet with our modern fixation on speed, this healthy pedestrian activity has been largely left behind. At a personal and professional crossroads, writer, editor, and obsessive walker Dan Rubinstein travelled throughout the U.S., U.K., and Canada to walk with people who saw the act not only as a form of transportation and recreation, but also as a path to a better world. There are no magic-bullet solutions to modern epidemics like obesity, anxiety, alienation, and climate change. But what if there is a simple way to take a step in the right direction? Combining fascinating reportage, eye-opening research, and Rubinstein’s own discoveries, Born to Walk explores how far this ancient habit can take us, how much repair is within range, and guarantees that you’ll never again take walking for granted.”
My articles about walking have appeared in publications such as The Walrus, The Economist, the Globe and Mail, enRoute, Spacing, Cottage Life, Canadian Business, Ottawa Magazine, explore and Canadian Geographic, where I worked as the managing editor/acting editor. As part of the Born to Walk project, I’m also pursuing collaborations with storytellers who work in other fields, including film, visual art, music, radio and digital design. Because everybody walks … sometimes.
But I don’t have a one-track mind. My past includes stints at the helm of other magazines (unlimited, Alberta Views), rabble-rousing in the alternative press (Vue Weekly, alternet.org), daily newspaper reporting in Atlantic Canada, and about a decade as a wire service sports writer, covering the Toronto Blue Jays and Edmonton Oilers for Associated Press and Canadian Press. Today, my freelance writing and editing takes me throughout North America and beyond, and when I’m not walking, I follow my generalist’s curiosity: luxury airplanes, trendy neighbourhoods, media criticism, adventure travel and more.
danrubin at sympatico.ca
For additional rights inquiries about the book, please contact Martha Magor Webb at Anne McDermid & Associates: martha at mcdermidagency.com.