August 19, 2017
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

I’m thrilled to announce the impending launch of my new collection of travel stories, Your Crocodile has Arrived.

The party will be on Saturday, August 19th, at Book Passage in Corte Madera, and Travel Writers News subscribers are all invited. More info and a link to the invitation are here. We’ll have lots of chocolate (in honor of the story about my chocolate massage), including enough of the world’s best chocolate cake to serve the first twenty people who request it—so arrive early.

How to Launch

August 3, 2017 | Leave a Comment

I learned a lot when I launched my first collection of travel stories, Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! in 2014. I kept notes about best practices so I wouldn’t forget all that important info, and they’ve come in handy now that I’m launching my second book, Your Crocodile has Arrived. There’s a lot to plan, prepare, and organize!

If you’d like access to suggested activities and timing for a book launch, head over to BookLaunch.US, where I’ve consolidated and organized the information. I hope it’s as helpful to you as it has been to me.

September 24, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm


The first of three Titans of Travel events, Sex, Mishaps, and Adventure debuts on September 24th at the Mill Valley Library. Free; advance registration is recommended.

October 8, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Should-Stay-Oct8Ever get the feeling you should have stayed home? You’ll be in good company at the October 8 Titans of Travel event at the Mill Valley Public Library. Free; advance registration is recommended.

October 22, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

AdventureStories-Oct22Aching for adventure? Don’t miss the October 22nd Titans of Travel event at the Mill Valley Public Library. Free; advance registration is recommended.

September 24, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
October 8, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
October 22, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Titans of Travel at the Mill Valley Library

I’m (your editor, Laurie McAndish King) looking forward to being a part of the Titans of Travel reading series, playing at 375 Throckmorton, in the Mill Valley Public Library’s Creekside Room. This free and fun event is on Wednesday evenings: September 24, October 8, and October 22, from 7 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Advance registration is recommended.

December 12, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Paris-coverThe Paris Wanderland Writers will read from Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light at the Alliance Francaise in December.

Please join us for delicious bites and delightful tales. The reading will take place on December 12th, from 6:00-8:00 at the Alliance Francaise at 1345 Bush Street in San Francisco.

About the book:

“At last I have come into a dreamland …” famed Abolitionist and American author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, once said of Paris. There is, indeed, a dreamlike quality to Paris. A crossroads of time, culture and personality, it seems a place where the layers that separate us from our imaginings become permeable.

November 22, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Paris-coverAs Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a good idea.”

The Paris Wanderland Writers will read from Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light at A Great Good Place for Books on November 22, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Join us for refreshments and more than a taste of Paris when Wanderland Writers editors, Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar, and contributors to the newest Wanderland Writers anthology toast the City of Light.

About the book:

August 19, 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

bwtw-vol9San Francisco magazine named Weekday Wanderlust “Best Mental Escape” in their 2013 Best of the Bay issue. This month’s salon, on Monday, August 19th, will celebrate the release of co-founder Lavinia Spalding’s latest book, the Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 9. Published by Travelers’ Tales, this year’s anthology includes essays from thirty intrepid travelers, including the evening’s three wonderful readers: Rachel Levin, Natalie Baszile, and Suzanne Roberts.

As always, the event will be at the Hotel Rex (562 Sutter Street in SF). Cocktails and conversation from 6-7 p.m., readings from 7-8. Giveaways? You betcha.

August 7, 2013
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

tt-vol9Travelers’ Tales’ The Best Travel Writing, Volume 9 celebrates the world’s best travel writing — from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisines and cultures.

Hear authors read excerpts from their stories at Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7th.

August 12, 2013
6:00 pmto7:00 pm
August 17, 2013
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Paris-coverPlease join me (Laurie McAndish King) and other contributors to the anthology Wandering in Paris, as we read selections of this new release from Wanderland Writers. I haven’t decided which story I’ll read from, but it will be one of these:

  • French Kiss: In which I research Parisian intimacies in an attempt to discover what makes French women so … French. And what makes a French kiss French. Also involved: Parisian household appliances and expensive lingerie.
July 13, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

DonGeorgeJoin friends and former students to celebrate the release of Don George 6.0! Legendary writer, editor, teacher, and perennial chair of Book Passage’s Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, Don has been a beloved member of the Book Passage family since his first workshop there in 1988. We invite friends, students, and conference alumni up to the stage to share stories and laughs—with a celebratory toast to follow!

Saturday, July 13th at 7 p.m.
Book Passage in Corte Madera

July 12, 2010
6:00 pm

That Paris Year book coverCongratulations to journalist, poet, essayist, traveler, and writing instructor Joanna Biggar, whose new novel, That Paris Year, has inspired a lively west coast debut. All are invited to celebrate with food, music, and Paris-style ambiance at the reading.

SF Book Passage at the Ferry Building, Monday, July 12, beginning at 6 p.m.

Joanna will read from That Paris Year, a “novel in which intellect, eroticism, and art reverberate from the page to the heartbeat of the City of Light, Joanna Biggar has written an American book with the sweep and elegance of French literary tradition.”

November 24, 2009
6:00 pm

fostersfLee Foster will appear at Book Passage’s San Francisco store in the Ferry Building on Tuesday, November 24 at 6 p.m.  Lee will talk about his new book, The Photographer’s Guide to San Francisco: Where to Find Perfect Shots and How To Take Them. I’ve seen the book (it’s beautiful), and I’ve watched Lee take travel photos; you’ll learn a lot from him.

Jan Morris

September 6, 2009 | 3 Comments

jan_morrisI had the great pleasure of hearing Jan Morris—in conversation with Don George—at Book Passage on August 27th. Morris spoke about her forthcoming book, Contact! (“I’m a great advocate of the exclamation mark,” she asserts) available in the UK in October. Morris is nearly a legend for her ability to write about places; her new book, however, consists of stories about people: a cafe pianist, a cat illustrator, people met on a train or seen out a window.

September 29, 2009
7:00 pm
October 1, 2009
7:00 pm

CamilleCamille Cusumano, author of Tango, an Argentine Love Story (the travel memoir of a woman who loved, lost, got mad—and decided to dance) will be back from Buenos Aires for two weeks by popular demand, appearing at the San Francisco Museum of Performance & Design (September 29) and the Larkspur Library (October 1), as part of the library’s Armchair Travel series.

Laurie McAndish King’s article about quirky and helpful websites for travelers originally appeared in in April:

Travel fares are temptingly low these days, but all travel is not equal. Here are some websites to help you find the best seats and meals, avoid dangerous destinations, stay healthy, comply with travel regulations, get through airport lines more quickly, purchase travel insurance, and more.

  • is the “world’s first website about nothing but airline food,” which is currently displaying “more than 17,000 photos from more than 520 different airlines. Monthly, we receive 300 new meal pictures.” There are also photos of what the airline crew eats, food from airline lounges, and behind-the-scenes photos from airline caterers.

June 28, 2009
8:00 pm

From Litquake:

Lewis Black in conversation with Marc Maron
June 28, 8 p.m.
Herbst Theater, Van Ness @ McAllister
San Francisco

For its biggest fundraiser of the year, Litquake proudly presents comedian, actor, author, and Daily Show contributor Lewis Black, live and uncensored! This will be the curmudgeonly comic’s only Bay Area appearance to promote his bestselling book Me of Little Faith, just released in paperback. In a freewheeling onstage conversation, Black and comedian/radio host Marc Maron will gleefully dissect politics, religion, and other American foolishness.

June 18, 2009
7:00 pmto8:30 pm
June 28, 2009
3:00 pmto4:30 pm
The Best Women's Travel Writing 2009

The Best Women's Travel Writing 2009

I hope you’ll join the fun as authors (including myself, Laurie McAndish King) read from the Travelers’ Tales anthology, The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009.

Thursday, June 11: We’ll be reading at Get Lost Books in San Francisco (1825 Market Street) at 7 p.m.

March 31, 2009
4:00 pm

A Discussion with Professor Lowell Bergman and Nuhu Ribadu

Presented by the Investigative Reporting Program and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Human Rights Center and the Center for Latin American Studies. In collaboration with The Miller Institute, Boalt Law School and the Center for African Studies.

When: Tuesday, March 31, 4:00pm
Where: North Gate Hall, Library

In his first public appearance in the United States since fleeing Nigeria, embattled prosecutor Nuhu Ribadu will sit down with Professor Lowell Bergman for a discussion on international bribery. Ribadu earned international renown as a prosecutor who was willing to take on powerful politicians and companies including a number from the United States. Most notable among these is Halliburton.

February 16, 2009
7:30 pm

Thanks to April Orcutt for forwarding this notice from a friend:
Raphael Kadushin will be reading from his book, Big Trips, Monday, February 16 at 7:30 PM.  Raphael is a wonderful writer. He and I have worked together on many stories for National Geographic Traveler all over the world. I think Raphael is very amusing.

Call Mr. Robeson

February 10, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Thanks to Carol Canter for sending this note about a terrific upcoming performance:
Tayo Aluko, a Nigerian actor/architect/singer based in Liverpool, will be performing two plays as described below. Jack and I have seen Call Mr. Robeson twice last year when we first met Tayo.  His performance is extraordinary, and we strongly encourage you to come. Those of you who are educators, please spread the word at school. February is Black History Month and this play is a dramatic eye-opener for students, as well as adults.


January 5, 2009
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

It will be a scintillating start for the New Year at the first Left Coast Writers Literary Salon of 2009: Camille Cusumano, author of Tango, an Argentine Love Story, will light up the evening with a talk about her love of literature and her passion for tango. Camille has even promised a short tango demonstration.

“Camille Cusumano shares tales of literary adventure and an eventful year and a half in Buenos Aires practicing tango and Zen. Camille packed her bags, slit skirts, and tango shoes and moved to Argentina. The result is a smoothly written memoir that is romantic, redemptive and as captivating as the dance it celebrates.

December 13, 2008
6:00 pmto10:00 pm
Ginny's Farm © Marc Longwood

Fine art photography exhibition by members of Sacramento’s The Focus Group, featuring the diverse photographic imagery of 13 prominent Sacramento photographers: Marc Longwood, Hal Hammond, Dave Brooks, Ron Busselen, Randy Snook, Janine Mapurunga, John Swain, Donald Satterlee, Richard Tolmach, John Palmer, Hope Harris, Gene Kennedy and Mike Powers.

Free reception open to the public on Saturday, December 13, 2008 from 6-10 p.m.

Location: Beatnik Studios
2421 17th Street (17th and Broadway)
Sacramento, CA  95818

Show is up now through December 23, 2008.
Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 6-9 p.m.

December 7, 2008
4:00 pmto5:00 pm

Thanks to Amy Tsakel, Business Manager for the West Marin Review, for sending this information:

“Here in the far reaches of coastal California, we ring in the holiday season with enthusiasm: a hearty feast at the local community center, a gathering of artisans at the annual craft fair, and an abundance of solstice celebrations. This weekend, join us in Point Reyes Station in support of a promising new literary journal—the West Marin Review.

Holiday Fundraiser with Terry Tempest Williams
December 7
4 p.m.
Toby’s Feed Barn

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