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Lars Horn in Conversation With Elena Passarello

Lars Horn’s Voice of the Fish (Graywolf), the latest Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize winner, is an interwoven essay collection that explores the trans experience through themes of water, fish, and mythology, set against the backdrop of travels in Russia and a debilitating back injury that left Horn temporarily unable to speak. In Horn’s adept hands, the collection takes shape as a unified book: short vignettes about fish, reliquaries, and antiquities serve as interludes between longer essays, knitting together a sinuous, wave-like form that flows across the book. Horn swims through a range of subjects, roving across marine history, theology, questions of the body and gender, sexuality, transmasculinity, and illness. From Horn’s upbringing with a mother who used them as a model in photos and art…

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Submission Deadline: Global Grasshopper: Portland Travel Blogger Competition

Love Portland, Oregon, and want to share some of its best spots with the rest of the world? Well to celebrate being able to get out and about again we’re launching a competition for you to be a travel blogging superstar for the weekend! We’re aiming to find someone who knows the city of Portland in Oregon well to report back on all their favorite recommendations for unique and under-the-radar destinations in Portland you can visit all year round – so both in winter and summer, hence our hashtag #PortlandBlogger365 In return for the weekend’s blogging, we’ll be paying the lucky winner $1000 as well as $300 expenses. The competition is currently open and due to popular demand, the competition has been extended to 5pm…

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Cecily Wong in Conversation With Liz Crain

Wonder is around every corner, and on every plate. The curious minds behind Atlas Obscura now turn to the hidden curiosities of food, which becomes a gateway to fascinating stories about human history, science, art, and tradition — like the first book, all organized by country, lavishly illustrated, and full of surprises. Covering all seven continents, Gastro Obscura (Workman) by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras serves up a loaded plate of incredible ingredients, food adventures, and edible wonders. Ready for a beer made from fog in Chile? Sardinia’s “Threads of God” pasta? Egypt’s 2000-year-old egg ovens? But far more than a menu of delicacies and unexpected dishes, Gastro Obscura reveals food’s central place in our lives as well as our bellies, touching on history (trace…

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Craig Hill & Matt Wastradowski

Towering peaks, sparkling coastline, and vast old-growth forests: wherever you turn in the Pacific Northwest, adventure awaits. Pack a lunch, lace up your boots, and hit the trails with Craig Hill and Matt Wastradowski’s Moon Pacific Northwest Hiking (Moon Travel). Inside you’ll find: Diverse Hiking Options: Whether you plan to take breathtaking coastal walks in Oregon or challenging treks around Mount Rainier, enjoy outdoor getaways ranging from easy day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips. Find Your Hike: Looking for something specific? Choose from strategic lists of the best hikes for waterfalls, wildflowers, bringing your dog, and more, plus a breakdown of the best hikes by season. The Top Outdoor Experiences: Wander through the damp, dense greens of a rainforest in Olympic National Park or revel…

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Writing Abroad: A Guide for Travelers

Join us for this workshop meant for travelers of all backgrounds and writing levels: a student embarking on overseas study; a retiree realizing a dream of seeing China; a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya. Chilson and Mulcahy have developed indispensable practical advice and adaptable exercises to help travelers hone their observational skills, conduct research and interviews, choose an appropriate literary form, and incorporate photos and videos into their writing. Writing about travel is more than just safeguarding memories—it can transform experiences and tease out new realizations. Chilson and Mulcahy offer tips and tools to deepen travelers’ understanding of other cultures and write about that new awareness — considering the political, cultural, economic history of the travel destination — to develop responsive, balanced narratives in clear…

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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, 2nd Ed.

Praised as the “bestest travel guide ever” (Mary Roach) and “a joy to read and reread” (Neil Gaiman), Atlas Obscura (Workman) is a phenomenon of travel books. Now the best gets better and the weirdest gets weirder with a completely revised and updated second edition. Coauthor Ella Morton joins us to paint a rich panorama of what a marvelously strange world we live in.

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Reading: Jacqueline Rothenberg

Jacqueline will read from her book Let’s Leave the Country: A Guide to Your Family Year Abroad.

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Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home

Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home (St. Martin’s) is part travel memoir and part philosophical travel manifesto, an exploration of wanderlust and what it truly means to be a nomad, filled with stories of Matt Kepnes’s adventures abroad. Kepnes, author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, knows what it feels like to get the travel bug. Wanderlust is a powerful thing. After quitting his 9-5 job more than 10 years ago, he realized that living life meant more for him than simply meeting traditional milestones like buying a car, paying a mortgage, and moving up the career ladder. With almost nothing tangible to show for it after traveling over 500,000 miles and staying in 1,000 different hostels in 90…

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Reading: Michael Benanav: Himalaya Bound

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Michael Benanav to read from his travel memoir, Himalaya Bound. Following his vivid account of traveling with one of the last camel caravans on earth in Men of Salt, Michael Benanav now brings us along on a journey with a tribe of forest-dwelling nomads in India. Welcomed into a family of nomadic water buffalo herders, he joins them on their annual spring migration into the Himalayas. More than a glimpse into an endangered culture, this superb adventure explores the relationship between humankind and wild lands, and the dubious effect of environmental conservation on peoples whose lives are inseparably intertwined with the natural world. The migration Benanav embarked upon was plagued with problems, as government officials threatened to ban this nomadic family–and others…

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Day Trips From Portland, Oregon: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler

Rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip with Kim Cooper Findling’s Day Trips From Portland, Oregon (Globe Pequot). Findling’s guide is packed with hundreds of exciting things for locals and vacationers to do, see, and discover within a two-hour drive of the Portland metro area. Go biking, hiking, kayaking – or swimming! – on Sauvie Island, or visit the recreational wonderland around the town of Silver Lake, where you can get a glimpse of Mount St. Helens. Do something (mildly) intoxicating: Go on a tasting tour at one (or more) of the 200 wineries in the Willamette Valley. Do something historical: See people in period clothing reenact mid-19th-century daily life at Fort Vancouver, or 1920s farm life at Pomeroy Living History Farm in Yacolt.

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