A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration

A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration

by Michael Shapiro

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A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration by Michael Shapiro

In A Sense of Place, journalist/travel writer Michael Shapiro goes on a pilgrimage to visit the world's great travel writers on their home turf to get their views on their careers, the writer's craft, and most importantly, why they chose to live where they do and what that place means to them. The book chronicles a young writer’s conversations with his heroes, writers he's read for years who inspired him both to pack his bags to travel and to pick up a pen and write. Michael skillfully coaxes a collective portrait through his interviews, allowing the authors to speak intimately about the writer's life, and how place influences their work and perceptions.

In each chapter Michael sets the scene by describing the writer's surroundings, placing the reader squarely in the locale, whether it be Simon Winchester's Massachusetts, Redmond O'Hanlon's London, or Frances Mayes's Tuscany. He then lets the writer speak about life and the world, and through quiet probing draws out fascinating commentary from these remarkable people. For Michael it’s a dream come true, to meet his mentors; for readers, it's an engaging window onto the twin landscapes of great travel writers and the world in which they live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932361810
Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 584,632
File size: 994 KB

About the Author

Michael Shapiro is a Northern California author who writes a monthly travel column for the San Francisco Chronicle and destination stories for The Washington Post, Dallas Morning News. and several national magazines. His literary essays have appeared in Travelers' Tales anthologies alongside stories by Barry Lopez, Isabel Allende, Simon Winchester and Jan Morris. He's also written three books on using the Internet for travel planning and maintains a web site, NetTravel.com, evaluating top travel web sites. Shapiro has won the Lowell Thomas award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation in the category of Travel News/Investigative Reporting. He lives with his wife and cat in Sonoma County, California.

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