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.”




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.