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WILMINGTON — A local author, illustrator, art teacher and runner will read from and discuss her recently published children’s book about a dog that runs the Boston Marathon.

The Pettee Memorial Library in Wilmington will host Hope Phelan, author of “Bandit Runs Boston,” at The Old School Community Center at 4 p.m. Friday.

Phelan, of West Halifax, can often be seen running with her dog, a large hound mix named Mango. She started writing and illustrating “Bandit Runs Boston” while unable to run during her pregnancy with her son, Ford. The book stars Bandit, a dog bearing Mango’s likeness that jumps into the Boston Marathon and befriends a runner along the way, helping her to finish the race.

“It’s just a fun, lighthearted story that hopefully will make people happy,” Phelan told the Reformer in September, shortly after the book’s release.

Phelan, a Boston native, has been painting scenes inspired by the Boston Marathon, partially as a form of therapy, after the bombings in 2013 — her first year running the race.

There will be books available Friday for purchase and signing.


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