LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Don George, Author of The Way of Wanderlust Monday, February 1st, 2016 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com He has guided, edited, and published the work of some of the world’s top travel writers and now, finally, we have a winning collection of his own work. Don George’s new book is The Way of Wanderlust, is a collection of his best stories and essays, from climbing Kilimanjaro and contemplating the magic of Uluru to exploring the jungles of Cambodia and the backcountry temples of Shikoku. Don has made his living as a travel writer and editor virtually since college. His first real job was as a travel writer for the San Francisco Examiner. From there he moved onto a short stint as an editor at the Examiner’s Sunday magazine, then he became the travel editor for the Examiner & Chronicle for nine years. When the allure of cyberspace became irresistible, Don joined Salon.com and founded theirgroundbreaking travel site, Wanderlust. Then he moved on to become Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. After an exhilarating ride there, he is now Editor at Large and Book Review Columnist for National Geographic Traveler magazine, Special Features Editor and Blogger for Gadling.com, and Editor of Geographic Expedition’s online magazine, Wanderlust: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Don George, author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing, editor of Better than Fiction: True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers, and more! Monday, February 3rd, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com This month our speaker is noted travel writer and editor Don George, who recently released the latest edition of his highly acclaimed Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing. He has also edited several Lonely Planet anthologies. Don has made his living as a travel writer and editor virtually since college. His first real job was as a travel writer for the San Francisco Examiner. From there he moved on to a short stint as an editor at the Examiner’s Sunday magazine, then he became the travel editor for the Examiner & Chronicle for nine years. When the allures of cyberspace became irresistible, Don joined Salon.com and founded their
Left Coast Writer® Diane LeBow will read at the first anniversary celebration of Weekday Wanderlust on October 23rd. This lively monthly reading series featuring Bay Area travel writers is hosted by Don George, Kimberly Lovato and Lavinia Spalding. The group meets at the Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., San Francisco. Drinks are at 6 p.m., readings at 7 p.m.
Reflections from a Book Passage Travel & Food Writing & Photography Conference Newbie ©2011 by Diane Susan Petty I used to be wealthy and successful—number one in my industry. Now I sit on a bench contemplating a “No Barking” sign, the “P” graffitied over with a “B”. I observe the cars are indeed parked in front and the dogs are quiet. I notice a sign saying an 18-pound male cat named PhiPhi has run away and wonder if it was because the other kitties were teasing him about his name. I recently became an unemployed, broke mortgage banker. After announcing my desire to make a major life change and become an unemployed, broke travel writer, a mutual friend introduced me to travel writing guru, Don George. Don’s advice? “Come to the Book Passage Travel & Food Writing & Photography Conference. Meet Spud. It’ll be life changing.” Down to our last $1000, my husband suggested we might want to use that money for groceries; why not wait and go next year? Groceries be damned; I could drop a few pounds anyway. I’m going to the conference. One minute I’m excited and hopeful for the future; the former confident me has returned. The next I’m petrified about attending, convinced I’m grasping at straws out of pure desperation. What do I know about travel writing?