Lavinia


Mar 31, 2017


The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11

I’m thrilled to announce that The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11, published by Travelers’ Tales and edited by yours truly, will be in bookstores May 2017!

This is the fifth volume of the series I’ve edited, and I’m immensely proud of it. This year I read nearly five hundred submissions to choose the final thirty-one stories. The essays are, as always, wildly diverse in theme and location—they’re compelling and complicated, poignant and scary, exciting and irreverent, adventurous and quiet, beautiful and hilarious, romantic and solitary, heartbreaking and heartwarming. They tell of places like California and Cuba, Switzerland and Singapore, Iran and Iceland, Montana and Mexico and Mongolia and Mali, our own back yards and some of the farthest, most extreme corners of the world. They are the personal stories we can’t help but collect when we travel, stories of reaching out to embrace the unfamiliar and creating cross-cultural connections while learning more about ourselves as human beings.

The collection is available for pre-order now, from the usual online outlets or from your favorite independent bookstore. Please look for news of readings and events on the Best Women’s Travel Writing Facebook page. (Oh, and from April 7-June 1, you can also enter to win a copy here):

Here’s a little teaser…

In The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11, you’ll:

—go scuba diving with sharks in Palau

—cook for Syrian refugees in Greece

—be the first American to play pro basketball in the Czech Republic

—anger a nun in Ethiopia

—go whitewater rafting on the Nile in Uganda.

—help slaughter a pig in Hungary

—realize your limits of filial piety in Singapore

—seek healing at the hands of a witchdoctor in Mexico

—feast on rancid food in Iceland

—avoid hypothermia by spooning in Mongolia

—fall in love in Nepal

... and much, much more.

Thanks for reading! Hope to see you at a BWTW event!


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