Monthly Archives: December 2005


Bill Bryson Wins the Decartes Prize

Our hero Bill takes a top prize for his non-travel book. A Short History of Nearly Everything is still about our world, our planet, and all things global—in a sense—but should we take a hint that real book sales and recognition are not in travel at all, but in books […]


Rough Guides Job Openings

Rough Guides is currently looking to fill these two positions: 1) Possible authors needed for a brand-new guide to Puerto Rico. Take a look at the requirements under “Interested in writing for Rough Guides?” and email a proposal or inquiry to write@roughguides.com 2) Additional editor needed for the New York […]


First Edition Pico Iyer

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned my signed travel book collection, but I have a growing one. I started it before I was conscious about First Editon hard cover books. So far I have signed books from Mary Morris, Tim Cahill, Bill Bryson, Peter Matthiessen, Jan Morris, Simon Winchester, Pico […]


Travel Writing Stickies December 5, 2005

I’m in Seattle…We’ve just had three successful events in the Pacific Northwest for The Thong Also Rises. Susan is here with me now, and being a Grade A pamperer. We originally intended to take a few days off near the end of the tour to relax together, but that’s still […]


Europe from a Backpack

Mark Pearson, editor of Europe from a Backpack, is seeking travel stories for some new collections he’s working on. Send him your best backpacking-related stories on Spain and Italy for two separate anthologies, scheduled to hit bookstores in a year or so. Stories should be 800-2,000 words. The deadline is […]