Around the Bloc readings


Oh man, I can’t believe I’m missing these events!

It is not too late to meet Stephanie Elizondo Griest and hear her reading from Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, March 2004). Catch her in SF, Santa Barbara, or Los Angeles!

The SF Chronicle gave conflicting reviews.

On March 21, 2004 the editors said:

“A spunky storyteller, Griest has written an extremely readable memoir that educates as well as entertains.”

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But on March 14th they weren’t so kind. If you read her inspiring story of the climb to getting this book published, you will be as confident as I am that this won’t set her back.

I’ve been hearing great things about the book, and I can’t wait to read it when I get home.

Lee Azus over at Get Lost Books said, “you hope that the sequel is not too long in coming.”

Keep up the great work, Stephanie! I wish I could be there to cheer you on.

Saturday, April 17 – CORTE MADERA
— Book Passage “Travel Tales” Talk, hosted by Michael McCarthy at 51
Tamal Vista Blvd in Corte Madera, California, at 7 p.m. For more info, call: (415) 927-0960.

Monday, April 19 – SANTA BARBARA
— Book Talk at 10 – 11 a.m. at the Multicultural Center Lounge at the
University of California, Santa Barbara.

Thursday, April 22 – LOS ANGELES
— Book Talk at Imix Books at 5052 Eagle Rock Blvd in Los Angeles,
California at 7 p.m. For more info, call: (323) 257-2512.

Friday, April 23 – SANTA MONICA
— Midnight Special Bookstore reading & signing at 1450 2nd Street
in Santa Monica, California, at 7:30 p.m. For more info, call: (310) 393-2923.

Saturday, April 24 – LOS ANGELES
— Stephanie will speak on a panel about travel writing along with Pico
Iyer and Don George at the LA Festival of Books at 4 p.m. Details TBA.