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February Book Club: "The Way of Wanderlust" by Don George

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New York — Wednesday, February 3, 2021From 12:00 pm to 1:00 pmLos Angeles — Wednesday, February 3, 2021From 9:00 am to 10:00 amLondon — Wednesday, February 3, 2021From 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmAthens — Wednesday, February 3, 2021From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pmSingapore — Thursday, February 4, 2021From 1:00 am to 2:00 amSydney — Thursday, February 4, 2021From 4:00 am to 5:00 am


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One of my all-time favorite travel writers is Don George.

He’s not a big name like Bill Bryson or Pico Iyer, but his influence in travel writing is everywhere and goes back decades. He’s been editor of The San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle, literally wrote the book on travel while writing for Lonely Planet, is an editor-at-large for National Geographic, and started the Book Passage Travel Writers conference!

I met Don about nine years ago at a writer’s conference. Don’s ability to be descriptive and vivid, and convey a sense of place when writing astounds me. He draws you in in a way very few travel writers can. (And he’s a really nice guy, too!)

Our February book club will be about his collection of travel stories, "The Way of Wanderlust". In our discussion, we'll talk about his book, travels, life as a travel writer, and answer any and all your questions.

  • Nomadic Matt

If you haven't read this book yet, don't worry, you can get it here (https://bookshop.org/a/12235/9781609521059 or https://amzn.to/37Pmltd). If possible, try to use Bookshop as sales there go to support local and independent bookstores. It's our preferred online retailer.

As a professional travel writer and editor for the past 40 years, Don George has been paid to explore the world. Through the decades, his articles have been published in magazines, newspapers, and websites around the globe and have won more awards than almost any other travel writer alive, yet his pieces have never been collected into one volume. "The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George" fills this void with a moving and inspiring collection of tales and reflections from one of America’s most acclaimed and beloved travel writers.

From his high-spirited account of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on a whim when he was 22 years old to his heart-plucking description of a home-stay in a muddy compound in Cambodia as a 61-year-old, this collection ranges widely. As renowned for his insightful observations as for his poetic prose, George always absorbs the essence of the places he’s visiting.

Other stories here include a moving encounter with Australia’s sacred red rock monolith, Uluru; an immersion in country kindness on the Japanese island of Shikoku; the trials and triumphs of ascending Yosemite’s Half Dome with his wife and children; and a magical morning at Machu Picchu.

— Website: http://don-george.com
— Twitter: https://twitter.com/don_george
— Instagram: http://instagram.com/don_george_travel
— LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/don-george-1740344

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