Yearly Archives: 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 [email protected] 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 […]


BootsnAll Year-End Travel Party in Portland

Hey Everybody, I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to be in Portland this weekend. It’s time for the 3rd Annual BootsnAll Year-End Travel Party! This winter fiesta of adventureseekers keeps getting bigger and bigger. If there are any of you out there that are about to […]


Key West Literary Seminar

So, anybody who is anybody is going to the Key West Literary Seminar. Except me. I was last to know, gosh darnit. Word on the street is that they’re all booked up, but I wanted to let you know about this star-studded event anyway. When: January 5-8, 2006 Where: San […]


Bill Bryson and Pico Iyer

Big thanks to Michael Shapiro for pointing out that Bill Bryson and Pico Iyer have been in the press recently. I’ve been remiss in reading my Google News Alerts so these had passed me by. Bill Bryson had a short piece in the New York Times called “Essential Reading”. TibetNet […]


Catch Jen Leo on the Radio Airwaves Near You

Thanks everybody for your interest in hearing my foray into the airwaves. Here is the current schedule. We have a few more to line up, but I’ll just add it to this list and then update via the comment board. We’re doing this to promote the Leo Trio, and especially […]


Radio Promotion for The Thong Also Rises

Radio promotion has begun. We hired Event Management for both a radio and print campaign. After some 5:00 a.m. misuderstandings yesterday, I started today. The station was going to give me a wake up call, but after missing one yesterday I woke up before my 5:30 alarm. In fact, I […]