I know, they’re always in the limelight with me, but lots is going on. The new Best Travel Writing 2005 is out, we got a stellar review in ForeWord including some quote time for me, Michael is doing more events with Pico Iyer, and James was on a Gadling podcast. Read their newsie here if you didn’t get it this morning.

Announcing The Best Travel Writing 2005!

The Best Travel Writing 2005Travelers’ Tales is launching its second annual volume of best travel writing, The Best Travel Writing 2005, on Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m. at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California. TT Executive Editor Larry Habegger will discuss the ideas behind the series and introduce contributors Michael Shapiro, Kathryn Kefauver, Chellis Ying, and Leilani Marie Labong, who will read their stories from the book. Join us for an entertaining evening of great travelers’ tales.

5-Star Review!

ForeWord Magazine raved about The Best Travel Writing 2005 in a review in its current issue. After singling out many stories, writer Carol Haggas commented, "one will have a richer experience if one reads travel writing as these authors and editors have intended: as a way of learning about oneself, of embracing the boundless possibilities for a shared humanity, whether in Tahiti or Timbuktu, India or Indianapolis."

A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration

A Sense of Place Pico Iyer will join Michael Shapiro for a conversation about the writer’s life and traveling in a post-September-11th world on:

Monday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. at Black Oak Books in Berkeley, CA;
Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m. at Copperfield’s Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa;
Sunday, May 15, 3 p.m. at Chaucer’s Books in Santa Barbara.

Iyer is the author of groundbreaking travel books including Sun After Dark, The Global Soul, The Lady and the Monk, and Video Night in Kathmandu. Shapiro is the author of A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration, a collection of interviews with the world’s leading travel writers, including Bill Bryson, Paul Theroux, Jan Morris, Peter Matthiessen, Frances Mayes, and, of course, Pico Iyer.

For more information about Shapiro’s events with Pico Iyer, see Michael’s event listing on his personal website.

James O’Reilly on Podcast

TT Publisher James O’Reilly talks about travel, travel writing, and books with Erik Olsen of Gadling.com. Listen in.


  1. The publishers preface is just so touching. I cant wait for this book to land here in India, someday it should. I loved the 2004 edition, I am sure this must be just as great.

  2. I just confirmed that the BBC will be recording the event with the intention of using selections on its program “The World,” which is coproduced with WBGH Boston and airs on KQED (and probably other public radio stations) in the SF Bay Area. Should be fun. If you’re in the neighborhood, come join in the fun.

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