NEWS

New Books, Author Readings

travelers-tales We're proud to announce that three new books are hitting the shelves this fall. First up is The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11, the latest in our collections of inspiring travel stories. On its heels is Patricia Harris's 100 Places in Spain Every Woman Should Go, a captivating guide to all things Spanish. Following in November is the third edition of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go by Susan Van Allen.

Come out to our author events! We're launching The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11 at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. with Don George, Cathleen Miller, Larry Habegger, and others. On Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. the book will be featured with readers Christina Ammon, James Dorsey, and Keith Skinner at Weekday Wanderlust at the Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street in San Francisco. We'll also be reading at Lit Crawl on Saturday, Oct. 15, and TT’s Roger Higgins will read from his historical novel, Billy Gogan, American, at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Hope to see you there!

NEW BOOKS

100 Places in Spain Every Woman Should Go

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Patricia Harris began her love affair with Spain shortly after the death of dictator Francisco Franco, and she has since witnessed the country’s amazing renaissance in art, culture, and cuisine. Drawing on three decades of intimate acquaintance, she leads readers down to the docks of fishing villages, along twisting mountain roads, into the shoe outlets of Elche, out to the muddy saffron fields of La Mancha. She takes you through the streets of Sevilla, Madrid, Barcelona, and San Sebastian to dark flamenco clubs, sybaritic public baths, endlessly inventive tapas bars, design shops full of mantillas and fans, and into a brightly tiled chocolatería for hot chocolate and churros at 3 a.m.

Harris explores art from Velázquez to Picasso, architecture from the phantasmagoria of Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia to the cool suspension spans of Santiago Calatrava. She tells tales of formidable Spanish women, from a fourth-century b.c. goddess to a queen who wrested Spain from the Moors, and to twenty-first-century winemakers who have elevated Spain’s Toro and Rueda onto the world stage. Literary, sexy, whimsical, and spiritual, 100 Places in Spain Every Woman Should Go is for the smart and curious traveler who wants to see Spain, her way.

The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11

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Travelers’ Tales publishes books about the world and life-changing experiences that happen on the road. The Best Travel Writing, Volume 11 is our latest collection of great stories guaranteed to ignite your wanderlust.

Includes Grand Prize Winners, Solas Awards

Introduction by Rolf Potts

Billy Gogan, American

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Ireland is on the eve of the Great Hunger
The Promised Land of New York is a dangerous place


Billy Gogan’s father has just died in an English prison in Dublin, and 15-year-old Billy has been cast from cousin Séamas’s house and forced to make his way to America. Aboard a ramshackle old ship, Billy befriends a destitute Irish peasant named Máire and her daughter Fíona, and together they endure a harsh and perilous passage to America’s greatest city. When they finally reach New York, they get separated as they debark, and Billy searches tirelessly for them in the brutal Five Points, the city’s greatest slum, ground zero in the collision of Americans, ex-slaves, and Irish refugees.

“Higgins is a bare-knuckled storyteller. In this brawny novel, he transports us to the hardscrabble lives of mid-1800s New York Irish immigrants. Though each day brings a new brawl for survival, under Higgins’s deft touch, the heartbeat of tenderness, love, and even racial enlightenment pulses through ‘Gotham’s’ brutal veins.” —Gary Buslik, author of A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean, and Professor of English, University of Illinois, Chicago

Wings

Wings front cover-10.15-webWings is a love story of France, a blend of travel writing and memoir that reveals the country's art, cuisine, history, and traditions through encounters with characters such as Winged Victory, Claude Monet, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Coco Chanel, and a mélange of writers, filmmakers, and friends. Erin Byrne goes deep to discover little-known aspects of French culture and by doing so, uncovers long-buried qualities of herself. She is transformed and her stories may transform you.

“A reverie-inducing glimpse of past and present France.” —Phil Cousineau, author of The Book of Roads

100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go

100 Places Greece_front cover webDiscover Greece’s Best Places for Women

With style, intelligence, and personal anecdotes gleaned from years of working in Greece, archaeologist and award-winning writer Amanda Summer is your personal guide to the best of Greece. In crisp and often humorous storytelling she introduces you to the temples, shrines, grottoes, and churches of this magnificent country, intricately weaving in stories of the women—from goddesses of mythology Athena, Artemis, and Aphrodite to goddesses of cinema and the arts Melina Mercouri, Irini Papas, and Maria Callas—who have molded the history and culture of Greece itself.

EDITORS’ CHOICE — This Week’s Story

The Wild, Wild West Bank

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By Erik R. Trinidad

A tale of Bedouins and bladders.

“He said that he’ll drop us off at the settlement and that it’s a far walk... And it’s unsafe... And that we shouldn’t be heroes for doing it,” my new friend Sarit explained to me, translating the bus driver’s warning in Hebrew at Jerusalem’s central bus station. “But he’ll take us.”