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I'll Run Till the Sun Goes Down

A Memoir about Depression & Discovering Art

By David Sandum

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David Sandum was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, and lived several years as a young man in the United States. He attended the University of Utah and graduated in 1999 with a BA in speech communication. When he became ill with depression, he turned to writing and art to grapple with his symptoms.


A thriving painter today, he earned international acclaim in 2020 by founding TwitterArtExhibit, a social media initiative that enlists artists to help raise funds for local charities. This annual event has gone global, taking place in such cities as Los Angeles, Orlando, and New York City. David lives with his wife in Moss, Norway.


  • First Horizon Award Winner

  • The da Vinci Eye Award Finalist

  • Eric Hoffer Micro Press Award Winner

  • Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Short List

  • Southwest Book Design & Production President's Choice Award

David Sandum appeared to have it all: a beautiful young family and a promising career ahead as a business consultant. But his life started veering off course, and upon returning to his native Scandinavia, he fell into an inexplicable, deep depression. I'll Run Till the Sun Goes Down is a searingly honest account of David's struggle to overcome his crippling mental illness.


After years of hopeless despair, bleak hospitalizations, and shattered dreams, he is finally saved by his art. The paintbrush becomes his lifeline. Richly illustrated with the work of the artists who have inspired him as well as samples of his own drawings and paintings, this memoir offers both a compelling read and a visual story of David's courageous battle with depression.

'A groundbreaking book that is visually stunning, psychologically hard-hitting, and emotionally mesmerizing' - US Review of Books

'Honest and open, painful and raw, but also reflective and forward looking. It is insightful and useful, not only for those who struggle with mental health, but also for their families, friends, and colleagues.' - Tom Egeland, best-selling author of Relic

Additional Information :

Published 2015 (Sandra Jonas Publishing) - ISBN: 9780985581527 - 360 Pages - Paperback

Rights: World

Sold: Simplified Chinese

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