Literary Salon: Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro
Michael Shapiro

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON:  Michael Shapiro, Travel Writer and Author of A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration

Monday, August 4th, 2014 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

There’s a Travel Writers and Photographers Conference coming up at Book Passage in August, so who better to be our salon speaker for the month than experienced freelance travel writer, Michael Shapiro. Michael is an award-winning writer, photographer and interviewer whose work appears regularly in national magazines and metropolitan newspapers. He’s the author of A Sense of Place and specializes in travel, but his interests range far and wide — since 2011 he’s been the gambling columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Michael will share notes and anecdotes on his travel writing career and adventures. Always witty and enthusiastic, he’ll bring the laughs as well as great advice for writers, so it’s sure to be an entertaining and enlightening evening.

Michael’s book, A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration (Travelers’ Tales) is an award-winning collection of interviews with Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes, Paul Theroux, Peter Matthiessen, Tim Cahill, Jan Morris, Pico Iyer, Isabel Allende, Simon Winchester, and many others.

“Hearing some of the great travel writers talk about their craft is certainly instructive for readers and writers alike. Most enjoyable are (Shapiro’s) interviews with some of the standard-bearers Arthur Frommer, Eric Newby, Peter Matthiessen and Jan Morris.”
—The New York Times Book Review

Michael Shapiro has biked through Cuba for the Washington Post, celebrated Holy Week in Guatemala for the Dallas Morning News, and floated down the Mekong River on a Laotian cargo barge for an online travel magazine. His work also appears in the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times. Michael lives with his wife in Sonoma County, spending his free time cycling, river rafting, sea kayaking and volunteering for ETC, a group that takes disabled people on outdoor adventures.