Travel Lit & Lecture Series

- San Francisco, CA
May 26, 2011

Tonight I'm doing my first bookstore event for my new anthology, The Best Women's Travel Writing 2011, as part of the wonderful San Francisco Travel Book Club and Lecture Series. I'm thrilled to be joined by three of my contributors--amazing and outrageously talented women. We'll read from our book and then do a panel talk with Q&A.

Presenting the women reading with me tonight...

Marcia DeSanctis spent years traveling the world as a network news producer and is now writing a memoir. Her work has been in Vogue, Departures, The New York Times Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, More, Princeton Alumni Weekly, and the Huffington Post. She loves to travel alone and her idea of heaven is arriving at a new place, opening the hotel room door, checking out what candy is in the mini-bar, and then heading outside to explore her new, temporary neighborhood. She tries to pinpoint a place to have her coffee every morning and always ducks into a pharmacy. She loves to bring home toothpaste or a jar of vitamins as souvenirs.

Laura Deutsch has traveled the world in search of answers to life’s big questions: Why did that guru give me a mantra that’s the name of a high-end furniture store? If I eat foie gras without knowing it, have I really eaten foie gras? Along the way, Laura invented Conversational Yoga, mastered the Equine Experience to attain enlightenment by grooming a horse, and visited spas where she frequently found herself in hot water. Her misadventures have entertained readers of the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, More, and San Francisco magazine. Laura is writing an irreverent memoir about her spiritual journey around the world and leads writing retreats from Tassajara to Tuscany.

Marianne Rogoff has had stories published in The Best Travel Writing 2010, The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2008, and The Best Travel Writing 2006, among others. She teaches Writing & Literature at California College of the Arts and leads weeklong writers studios in Mexico every January and August.



Upcoming

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    October 19 2013
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  • Reading at Book Passage for Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9
    October 20 2013
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  • Travel Writing, UC Berkeley Guest Lecture
    November 5 2013
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  • Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9: Book Launch Party!
    December 9 - 10 2013
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  • Writing The Literary Travel Essay: From Inspiration to Publication
    January 29 to March 5 2014
    The Writers' Grotto
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  • Beyond What You Did Last Summer: Teaching Travel Writing
    Thursday February 27 2014
    AWP Conference
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  • There She Goes Again: Women Writing Travel
    Friday February 28 2014
    AWP Conference
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  • Book Launch Party at The Mount
    June 22 2014
    The Mount
    Lenox, MA

  • The Great Books Summer Program at Stanford
    Wednesday July 9 2014
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    Palo Alto, California

  • Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
    August 14 - 17 2014
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  • The ROAR Retreat in Costa Rica
    September 25 - 28 2014
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  • LitCrawl with Travelers’ Tales
    October 18 2014
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  • Machu Picchu Writing Workshop
    November 10 - 15 2014
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  • Anthology Night at Weekday Wanderlust
    November 17 2014
    Hotel Rex
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  • The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 10 at Diesel Books in Brentwood
    November 18 2014
    Diesel Books
    Brentwood, California

  • The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 10 Reading at Diesel Books in Oakland!
    November 20 2014
    Diesel Books
    Oakland, CA

  • The Best Women’s Travel Writing Comes to Half Moon Bay
    December 5 2014
    Harbor Books
    Half Moon Bay, California

  • Launch for Lonely Planet’s An Innocent Abroad at Book Passage
    December 13 2014
    Book Passage
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  • Writing the Travel Essay: From Inspiration to Publication
    January 8 to February 12 2015
    The San Francisco Writers' Grotto
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  • Women’s Travel Fest 2015
    March 1 2015
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  • Adventure Travel Stories With an All-Star Line-up
    April 8 2015
    Creekside Room at the Mill Valley Library
    Mill Valley, California

  • The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
    August 13 - 16 2015
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  • “An Evening with Travel Writer Lavinia Spalding”
    Tuesday October 6 2015
    Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
    Palo Alto, California

  • Interviewing the great Don George
    October 23 2015
    The Presidio Officer's Club
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  • Writing the Travel Essay: From Inspiration to Publication
    April 13 to May 18 2016
    The San Francisco Writers' Grotto
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  • Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be exceptional.” –Mark Sanborn