Literary Salon: Perry Garfinkel

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Perry Garfinkel, author of Buddha or Bust

Perry Garfinkel

Monday, August 5th, 2013 || 7pm
Book Passage || Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||

Do you have an interest in travel? Spirituality? Adventure? Perry Garfinkel will discuss his special blend of the three and the genre he has carved out for himself in his book Buddha or Bust, along with other similar works.  He will also be discussing what he calls the trifecta of media : magazines, books, and film, along with the transition from one to the other. It should be a fascinating evening, and with the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference just ahead, one you won’t want to miss.

Perry Garfinkel has been a contributor to the New York Times since 1986. He’s also written for National Geographic Magazine and many other publications. He is the author of Buddha or Bust (Three Rivers Press), a national bestseller in 2006 that Emotional Intelligence author Daniel Goleman wrote was “like following Woody Allen in the footsteps of the Buddha”); and of Travel Writing for Profit and Pleasure (NAL/Mentor), which Arthur Frommer called the “definitive work in the field” when it was first published in 1989.

A former teacher/consultant for UC Berkeley’s Bay Area Writing Project, he was one of the first journalists to teach travel writing in the Bay Area 30 years ago, first through Media Alliance, later statewide through Cal State University’s continuing education programs, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. As an editor, he was among a group that launched New Age Journal in the ‘70s and was the launch editor-in-chief of EcoTraveler Magazine in the ‘90s. See more here: