Book Launch: Michael Shapiro

LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Writer Michael Shapiro and photographer Kraig Lieb with their new book Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya.

Michael Shapiro
Saturday, November 8 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.
Corte Madera ||

“This hauntingly beautiful book has brilliantly captured the current-day life and culture of the Maya in Guatemala. Michael Shapiro’s text and Kraig Lieb’s photos will cement their reputations as among our leading travel writers and photographers.”
—Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer’s Guides

Michael Shapiro and Kraig Lieb, a photographer for Lonely Planet, will show slides illuminating the land, traditions and celebrations of the Maya in Guatemala. Shapiro, who wrote the text for this pictorial book, will address questions about traveling to Guatemala and the best places to see there.

Michael Shapiro, a writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, first visited Guatemala in 1989. During six journeys to Guatemala over the past two decades, Shapiro has developed a deep affection for the land and its effervescent Mayan people.

Shapiro’s 2004 book, A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration includes interviews with Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes, Paul Theroux, and Pico lyer. His essay, “The Longest Day,” was selected for The Best Travel Writing 2005.