Travel Writers Pull Together for Tsunami Benefit

Here’s the kind of cool stuff I miss by not living in New York!
Ayun Halliday, author of No Touch Monkey! (And contributor to Whose Panties Are These?), wrote a brand new travel story for this Tsunami benefit hosted by

Go in my place if you’re in New York. Or if you’re like Dave Prine, maybe you’ll just swing by on your way home from Vegas. Either way, read on to hear about the noteable authors contributing their time and creativity. Man, I’d like to hear these authors! Ayun will be reading with Adam Goodheart, Suketu Mehta, Bob Morris, and Daniel Asa Rose.

Hey Ayun, is anyone taping this?!

WHEN: Sunday January 23, 6 – 9 PM
WHERE: Jefferson, 121 W. 10th Street, New York City
Phone: (212) 255-3333
COST: Complimentary Hors d’ouevres/Cash Bar/$15 at the door
BENEFIT: 100% of proceeds will go to Oxfam’s Asia Earthquake Fund and Heifer International’s Tsunami Rebuilding Efforts

Adam Goodheart (The Last Island of the Savages) was a founding editor of Civilization magazine. His essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, Outside, and Travel & Leisure.




Ayun Halliday (Sumatran Free Range Chicken) is the author of No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late. Halliday is BUST magazine’s Mother Superior columnist. She also contributes to NPR, Bitch, The Utne Reader.

Suketu Mehta (Peace in Paradise On Sri Lanka) is the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, which the Economist chose as the Book of the Year for 2004. Mehta’s journalism has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Time, and Condé Nast Traveler, among other publications.

Bob Morris (Some Adventures in Karma on India’s Holiest River) writes the Age of Dissonance column for the New York Times Sunday Styles. Morris is a contributing editor for Travel and Leisure, and has also written for NPR, the New Yorker, Vogue and Details. (Jen’s Note: Check out his book Bahamarama)

Daniel Asa Rose (Prom Queens in the Mist — A Thai Rhapsody), the senior book reviewer for The New York Observer, won the O. Henry Prize for his collection of Short Stories Small Family With Rooster. His recent memoir Hiding Places: A Father and His Sons Retrace Their Family’s Escape from the Holocaust earned starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. He has also been a humor writer for GQ, a travel columnist for Esquire, and a food critic for the past 20 pounds.