Saturday Travel Book Notes

Here are some of the things that caught my eye this morning…

Forgetting the name of your book…
“Novelist Beryl Bainbridge, while in conversation with Michael Holroyd, actually forgot the names of one of her early novels (she’s written tons of them), but in the light of her remark that she “can’t make anything up” and that all her characters are based on real people, this didn’t seem more surprising than forgetting someone’s name.” —“Author, Author”, (a recap of The Gothenburg book-fair in Sweden where Jan Morris was in attendance)

Well, I don’t think Eric Hansen will ever have this problem.

Birdman.gif He will be at A Clean Well Lighted Place in San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 26 for a reading of his latest, The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer: Close Encounters with Strangers. The book is “equal parts travelogue, memoir and anthropological treatise. He details explorations from his 20s, 30s and 40s (he’s now 57), all of which are compelling, surprising and utterly memorable.”




Who is Eric Hansen? (This from his publisher…)
Eric Hansen lives in San Francisco, but over the last twenty-five years he has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Nepal, and Southeast Asia. He is the author of Stranger in the Forest, Motoring with Mohammed, and Orchid Fever. His articles, photographs, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Outside magazine, among other publications worldwide.

If you can’t make the SF event on October 26, 2004, here is a list of his other appearances. Oooh, he’s coming to La Jolla. Rolf? Jim? Shall we make a night of it? I’ll be in town…

Back to The Bird Man, Pantheon has a nice book page for him where you can read an excerpt.

I was reminded today that The Seattle Times prints unpaid travel essays. Here’s a sample.

“The Travel Essay runs each Sunday in The Seattle Times and also online at To submit an essay for consideration, make sure it’s typed and no longer than 700 words. Essays, which are unpaid, may be edited for content and length. E-mail to or send to Travel, The Seattle Times, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111. Because of the volume of submissions, individual replies are not always possible”

Ok, well, I ran out of time. Maybe I’ll add to this later. Have a good weekend!