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.
Host Dance in Berlin is an unlikely declaration of love by the American-born son of German-speaking Jewish refugees. From a temporary perch in a villa on Berlin’s biggest lake, Wortsman imagines the parallel celebratory haunting of two sets of ghosts, those of the exiled erstwhile owners, a Jewish banker and his family, and those of the Führer’s Minister of Finance and his entourage, who took over title, while in another villa across the lake another gaggle of ghosts is busy planning the Final Solution. Where the Wall once stood dividing East and West the city remains bisected by invisible borderlines, across which the author hops with an eye for telling detail and an ear for memorable conversations with street musicians ...
“Makes me want to pack my bag and follow Van Allen’s alluring suggestions... she reveals an intimacy with Italy and a honed sense of adventure. Andiamo!” — Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun. Imagine creating your Italian dream vacation with a fun-loving savvy traveler girlfriend whispering in your ear. Go along with writer Susan Van Allen on a femme-friendly ride up and down the boot, to explore this extraordinarily enchanting country where Venus (Vixen Goddess of Love and Beauty) and The Madonna (Nurturing Mother of Compassion) reign side-by-side. With humor, passion, and practical details, this uniquely anecdotal guidebook will enrich your Italian days.
EDITORS’ CHOICE — This Week’s Story
By Erin Byrne
The air is the region of the invisible. —John O’Donohue, Anam Ċara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
It is morning on the west coast of Ireland on a swath of pebbly beach with an emerald hillside and plateau off to the right. Cloudish sky, pewter water. Beyond the lapping of the waves comes a faint yet beckoning wail, like the highest note of a flute, heard by those who achieve a certain kind of quiet. A haunted sense of synchronicity surges through me: I’m home again.