In Conversation with Apricot Irving

The Gospel of Trees

Garden District Bookshop - New Orleans , Louisiana
October 16 to 16, 2018

I'm delighted to announce that on October 16th I'll be in conversation with the wonderful Apricot Irving discussing travel, living abroad, and Apricot's new memoir, The Gospel of Trees.

Apricot Irving grew up as a missionary’s daughter in Haiti—a country easy to sensationalize but difficult to understand. Her father was an agronomist, a man who hiked alone into the hills with a macouti of seeds to preach the gospel of trees in a deforested but resilient country. Her mother and sisters, meanwhile, spent most of their days in the confines of the hospital compound they called home. As a child, this felt like paradise to Irving; as a teenager, the same setting felt like a prison. Outside of the walls of the missionary enclave, Haiti was a tumult of bugle-call bus horns and bicycles that jangled over hard-packed dirt, the clamor of chickens and cicadas, the sudden, insistent clatter of rain as it hammered across tin roofs and the swell of voices running ahead of the storm.

As she emerges into womanhood, an already confusing process made all the more complicated by Christianity’s demands, Irving struggles to understand her father’s choices. His unswerving commitment to his mission and the anger and despair that followed failed enterprises threatened to splinter his family.


Garden District Bookshop , 2727 Prytania Street, New Orleans , Louisiana

For more information:

  gardendistrictbookshop.com


Litcrawl with AFAR

The Mission (exact location TBA) - San Francisco, California
October 20 to 20, 2018

I'm truly honored to have been asked to read at one of my all-time favorite literary events, LITCRAWL! I'm even more honored to be reading with my all-time favorite travel magazine, AFAR. I'll be sharing a feature I wrote for the magazine that's very personal and close to my heart. I hope to see you there!

For more information:

  litquake.org


Deep Travel Morocco

The Art of Adventure -- Spring, 2019

Fez and Moulay Idriss, Morocco
March 31 to April 8, 2019

I'm absolutely delighted to announce I'll be teaching an eight-day writing workshop in late March/early April in one of my favorite places on earth, Morocco! When I visited last year, I was immediately enchanted--and I remain so. I'm thrilled to be able to return and do the work I love most: guiding writers in putting pen to paper to capture their impressions of a beautiful foreign place. Below is the workshop description--and more info (pricing, etc.) is available if you click the pdf. I hope you'll join me on this truly extraordinary journey!

Can writing about the world make it a better place? It can, insists Lavinia Spalding, author of Writing Away and series editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing. For this immersive workshop, Lavinia helps us to explore how writing the stories of people and places can seed change—both in others and in ourselves. Our eight-day journey takes us inside the mesmerizing Fez Medina with its 9,000 byways and into Morocco’s holiest city, Moulay Idriss, in the Middle Atlas mountains. We’ll gather with Sufis, listen to the tales of traditional storytellers, connect with inspired artists, and dine with local friends who will invite us deeply into their culture. In daily sessions, we’ll articulate the places behind the headlines and the individuals behind the stereotypes. This trip is for anyone who wants to see inside the heart and soul of Morocco. Join us!

For inquiries and registration, contact info@deeptravelworkshops.com


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  info@deeptravelworkshops.com    View PDF


Nepal in Fall 2019

Kathmandu,
October 21 to 31, 2019

I'm thrilled and honored to be returning to magical, mystical Nepal for ten days—from October 21-31, 2019–to teach again for Himalayan Writers Workshop. This time I’m be collaborating with esteemed photographer Ted Seymour! More details coming soon.... (But if you can't wait, email me for details.)


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