The Travelers' Tales editors are pleased to announce the winners of the Tenth Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year. Grand Prize gold winner Amy Butcher collected $1,000 for "Flight Behavior," her lyrical account of migrations both of Sandhill cranes and people and what they reveal about life in North America. Mario Kaiser won the silver award and $750 for “Love and Lies in Iran,” his illuminating tale of spending his honeymoon under the watchful eyes of the ayatollahs. Glenda Reed and Lance Mason shared the bronze award and $500, Glenda for her moving tale about securing her confidence on a trans-Pacific sailing journey in "The Good Captain," and Lance for his probing look at the corruption of power in southern Africa in "The Train to Harare." See the full list of winners in all 21 categories.
Most people dream of spending their honeymoon on exotic beaches. My American bride and I opted for a road trip through the land of the ayatollahs.
We raced through the darkness and didn’t see it coming. Mehdi sat erect behind the wheel, honking slower cars out of his way. But one car stayed in its lane; it challenged his hierarchy. Mehdi honked, flashed, tailgated, and when the other car slowly made way, he barreled into the opening. Then something crashed, glass shattered and the other car’s sideview mirror went flying through the air, leaving a trail of silvery dust glittering in its wake.
Don't have a copy yet of The Way of Wanderlust? Want to meet author Don George and hear him read some of his transporting stories of world travel? If you're in Southern California, he'll be appearing at Chaucer's Books in Santa Barbara on March 11. And if you're a member of the Traveler's Bookcase travel book club in LA, The Way of Wanderlust will be discussed on March 21. Don has appeared at many places on the East and West coasts and is busily planning more. Or go now to your favorite bookstore or online to get your copy of our most popular title of the year.
Linda Lappin, author of The Soul of Place—A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci, will be teaching a five-day multigenre writing workshop on the Greek island of Andros, from July 7th to 13th organized by the Aegean Arts Circle.
To anyone who has not spent much time in a small village in Provence, Laurence Wylies Village in the Vaucluse may seem strange, or anachronistic, or both. If you have been only to the towns and cities in the South of France, the little village in the hills of Provence where Wylie spent a year in 1950 will probably seem something out of the last century to you, a place more likely to exist in the hills of Sicily than in the sun-drenched land of Marseille, Aix, and Nice where tourists from all over the world congregate.