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- Argentina: Carnivorous Fish Attck Tourists
- Honduras: State Department Issues Travel Warning
- Indonesia: Series of Volcanic Eruptions at Mt. Sinabung
- Russia:More Violence in Volgograd
- UK: New Law For Medical Visits
- China: Xiamen-Shenzhen High Speed Railway launches Dec. 28
- Egypt: The U.S. Department of State Reissues Travel Alert
- Russia: CDC Recommends Precautions for Winter Games
- Thailand: Protestors Continue to Fill Streets in Bangkok
- Turkey: Fresh Protests in Istanbul’s Kadikoy Square
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Eighth Annual Solas Awards Winners Announced
The TT editors announced the winners of the Eighth Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year on March 1. Congratulations go to Grand Prize winner Bill Giebler, who collected $1,000 for "The Tea in Me," his compelling story about travels in India where he sees his life revealed through the processing of tea. Lisa Alpine won the silver award and $750 for "Fish Trader Ray," her quirky tale of Amazon adventure and the characters she met there. James Michael Dorsey and Keith Skinner shared the bronze and won $250 each, James for "From the Ashes," his haunting tale of a Cambodian Buddhist monk who survived the Pol Pot genocide, Keith for "Inside the Tower," his moving account of a visit to the home of the late poet Robinson Jeffers. Read "Fish Trader Ray" and "The Tea in Me" below or at BestTravelWriting.com. Look for the other stories on both websites soon. Visit BestTravelWriting.com for more about the awards and a complete list of winners.
Deer Hunting in Paris Is Here!
The poignant, hilarious, and gritty new memoir Deer Hunting in Paris by Paula Young Lee is available now in both print and ebook editions. Follow along as this Korean-American former vegetarian preacher's daughter learns about love, hunting, DIY food culture, and dressing a kill.
Larry Habegger Reflects on TT & Book Passage
The 2013 Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference was, as usual, an extraordinary four days of inspiration and transformation. TT Executive Editor Larry Habegger shares some thoughts on his experience there, including a tribute TT received in a "toast to Travelers' Tales."
Kin to the Wind a Book of the Year Finalist
Moro Buddy Bohn's Kin to the Wind was a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Finalist in the category Performing Arts & Music. The award honored Moro's inspiring memoir of traveling around the world as a troubadour many years ago playing for such people as Pablo Picasso, the maharaja of Sandur, and the king and queen of Thailand.
Ghost Dance in Berlin on Tour
Peter Wortsman completed his tour of the West Coast for his new book, Ghost Dance in Berlin, but he'll have more events on the East Coast in the future. Ghost Dance is an unlikely declaration of love by the American-born son of German-speaking Jewish refugees. 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, winos, lawyers, bankers, politicians, and others, including cameo appearances by Henry Kissinger and the shade of Marlene Dietrich.
Solas Awards Winners Announced
The TT editors announced the winners of the Seventh Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year in March 2013. Grand Prize winner Matthew Crompton collected $1,000 for "Into the Hills," his compelling story about seeking identity and confronting life both in Calcutta and on a trek in the Himalayas. Laura Resau won the silver award and $750 for "Barren in the Andes," her powerful and uplifting tale of a visit to a shaman in Ecuador hoping to find fertility. Erin Byrne and Tom Miller both took bronzes (the judges thought they both deserved the award) and $500 each for "Storykeepers," Erin's remarkable account of a Parisian's lifelong quest to keep alive the memory of WWII American pilots, and "Moving West, Writing East," Tom's engaging memoir of his migration to Arizona and the tales he found there. Read the Grand Prize winning stories on the Editors' Choice page, and see others and the full list of winners at BestTravelWriting.com.
Fresh Look at Berlin Old and New
Check out our latest book, Ghost Dance in Berlin, an unlikely declaration of love by the American-born son of German-speaking Jewish refugees. Peter Wortsman dances back and forth over invisible borderlines between present and past, drawing a poignant portrait of Germany's most storied city.
TT Loses One of Its Tribe
Everyone at Travelers' Tales is sorry to hear the news that one of our tribe, Mohezin Tejani, known to all as Mo, died unexpectedly in the wee hours following a New Year's Eve party in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he lived. Mo was an irrepressible spirit, a friend, a fine writer, a caring and giving soul. He had a big heart, but it gave out on him on January 1. The world feels a little smaller with him gone. For more information about Mo, see this remembrance from Malik Merchant, editor at simerg.com. Read Mo's TT stories on our site: "Fruits of Childhood" and "Africa by Bus." We'll miss him.
Inspiring Memoir: Kin to the Wind
In the early 1960s, a self-taught musician set out to travel the world with no money, following the grand tradition of the troubadour. With faith in the goodness of people, Moro Buddy Bohn played for the famous (Queen Elizabeth, Pablo Picasso) and the unknown, and his picaresque tale is the stuff of dreams. Engaging, charming, sometimes frightening but always good humored, Kin to the Wind will redeem your faith in humanity.
TT Launches Fiction: Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls
Travelers' Tales/Solas House is delighted to present its first work of fiction, Gary Buslik's Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls, a hilarious satire on power-mongers of all stripes (in this case, the leaders of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba). Reviewers have called it, "farce of the highest order," and "sick. Highly recommended." Check it out and join the fun. Gary Buslik is also the author of A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean.
Author Interview: Susan Van Allen in Italy
In an interview with Traveler's Library, 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go author Susan Van Allen shares how Italy has changed and remained the same over thirty years of her travels and the must reads in a travel library on Italy.
Another Rave Review: A Feast for Any Traveler to Italy
100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go receives another rave review from Indie Travel Podcast and Travel Insights 100: "Van Allen has written a complete guidebook that serves up a feast for anyone planning a trip to Italy, whether first-time or return journey, particularly the independent traveler."
TT Writers Interviewed
Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of 100 Places Every Woman Should Go and editor of The Best Women's Travel Writing 2010, has interviewed 13 of the writers who contributed stories to the collection and promises many more to come. Stop by Stephanie's blog for some good conversation about writing and travel.