“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges
It’s been a rather excellent week for books around here—not least because I’m currently housesitting for dear friends who are also artists and avid art book collectors.
Every morning I have had the pleasure of waking up early, getting the coffee maker brewing, and then raiding my friends’ shelves for that day’s reading material. I recently shared a photo on Instagram of the illustrated travelogues and graphic memoirs I have been devouring (I couldn’t even put down Lucy Knisley’s An Age of License long enough yesterday to pour myself a second cup of coffee…), and I’m especially excited to share more about these books on the blog soon.
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But amidst the many graphic-memoir-reading-marathons that have defined this week for me, there’s one more new book I’m celebrating today—The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology: True stories from the world’s best writers.
Every year Lonely Planet publishes a literary anthology of travel stories, edited by my dear friend and writing mentor Don George. While past titles have often revolved around a central theme, be it The Kindness of Strangers, An Innocent Abroad, or By the Seat of My Pants, this year’s anthology is broader in its focus—as Don writes in his introduction, he simply asked writers to draw on “a travel experience that had exerted a particularly profound and lasting influence on their lives.”
The anthology was just released last week, and I couldn’t be more honored or thrilled to have a story in it—especially as it’s about my first journey to Norway’s Lofoten Islands. The book also contains stories from many of my own writing heroes—including Pico Iyer, Ann Patchett, and Rebecca Dinerstein—so it’s deeply humbling to see my name next to theirs in the table of contents.
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And now…for a giveaway!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, which we celebrated in the U.S. yesterday, it only feels right to express my gratitude for being part of this collection one way—by giving away a copy to you all here, signed by the book’s editor himself, Don George.
If you would like to enter the giveaway, all you need to do is:
1. Leave a comment below, saying where one of your own favorite travel experiences took place.
2. I’ll choose a winner at random tomorrow morning at 11am PST, only as I’m flying back to Uruguay this weekend and want to make sure it’s in the mail before I leave.
3. I finally want to mention I’ll be happy to ship to anywhere in the world, so if you’re reading this from outside the U.S., please don’t hesitate to enter.
I can’t wait to share the book with one of you soon, but first—I’ve got another Lucy Knisley travelogue waiting for me…
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