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[Genius Loci] August 2022

1 August 2022

I am pumped with anxiety and energy. And it is hard for me to believe that this trip is finally happening. There were a few months between me and this trip to Bolivia and Peru back in 2020, but the trip got postponed for obvious reasons. Now, if you’re reading this sometime on August 1, I’m somewhere above the clouds en route to South America. My “pop-up” photography newsletter 30 Days in the Andes starts tomorrow morning, so go and subscribe now!

Now, onto what you came for:

Last month we published

β€» A podcast with Robert Kaplan on Adriatic on Travel Writing World
β€» A podcast announcing 30 Days in the Andes on Travel Writing World
β€» An author profile of David Seminara on Travel Writing World
β€» A “postcard” from Devils Tower, Wyoming on my website

🌱 The Wainwright Prize announced its shortlist! Awards announced in September.

πŸͺ Ryan Murdock speaks with Rebecca Lowe about cycling through the Middle East on his Personal Landscapes Podcast.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ The Backlisted Podcast discusses Paul Theroux’s The Kingdom by the Sea and it is a hoot.

β†ͺ️ Rolf Potts speaks with Shaun O’Neill about the disappearance of an Italian priest in Syria and with Dr. Kevin Harrison on critical race theory on his podcast Deviate.

πŸ‘‚ Jo Frances Penn speaks with Imogen Clark about the Camino de Santiago’s Portuguese Route on her Books and Travel Podcast.

🦊 Artemis Cooper, Paddy’s biographer, and Nick Hunt, author of Walking the Woods and the Water, join the Slightly Foxed team to explore the life and literary work of Patrick Leigh Fermor.

πŸ“š Michelle Jana Chan speaks with Jennifer Steil on her podcast The Wandering Book Collector.

πŸ—£ Travel Writer Heather Greenwood Davis is profiled on Rolf Potts’ blog.

πŸ—Ί Stanford’s book of the month is Small Island: A History of Britain in 12 Maps. The bookstore also has a few in-person author talks scheduled for this month.

πŸ—Ί Stanfords posted a few extracts of new travel books on their blog.

🌹 Rebecca Solnit won the Thoreau Society Medal.

🧲 Faber snaps up Sarah Wheeler’s ‘magnetic’ Jan Morris biography by Sarah Wheeler.

🌊 Robert MacFarlane is writing a new book: Is a River Alive?

πŸ—£ Who gets to tell the story of a place? Well, it’s complicated, via

πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ Emily Ding asks, “Can travel writing be redeemed?

🦠 Covid changed travel writing. Maybe that’s not a bad thing.

πŸ–₯ The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference is back, August 18 – 21.

πŸ› NatGeo Traveller will offer “The Masterclasses” on travel writing and photography in October.

πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ« Some lessons learned while starting a travel writing business, via Mashable.

πŸ€‘ Can You Make A Living As A Travel Writer? Here’s an Answer

⏱ There’s No Instant Success in Travel Blogging, via Travel Writing 2.0.

πŸš‚ Jordan Salama finds peace on a 72-hour train across America, via Nat Geo.

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡± Four decades ago, a young Thomas Swick found himself in Warsaw during turbulent, extraordinary times, via American Scholar.

πŸ– Michael Kerr is looking forward to these new and forthcoming book on travel and place, via Deskbound Traveller.

πŸ“– A sneak preview of books in translation coming in 2022, via NYT.

✍️ Memoir Writing Is Always an Act of Translation, via NYT.

πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈHugh Thomson reviews Anthony Sattin’s Nomads, via The Spectator.

🏚 A review of William Atkins’s Exiles, via the FT.

πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ New travel book Around the World in 80 Spiritual Places, via InHabit.

πŸŒ„ In conversation with Tharik Hussain, via Bradt.

πŸ“· Emily Garthwaite’s beautiful photographs won the Banff Center Photo Essay Competition.

πŸ₯΅ Harsh Light, Hard Lives & Half Lies: The Flip Side of Travel Photography, via FujiLove.

🚘 The Dennis Hopper Photograph That Caught Los Angeles, via The New Yorker.

🐣 Oliver Holms gives Advice to a Young Photographer.

πŸ“Έ The NYT published a few photo essays last month: A Refreshing Look at Egypt’s Ancient Pyramids, A Glimpse Inside a Florentine Silk-Weaving Workshop, and Abroad the California Zephyr.

πŸ“Έ On Steve McCurry’s blog: The Route to Happiness, The Land of the Rising Sun, and Our Link to Paradise.

πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Discovering magic in the mundane with Daidō Moriyama, Japan’s street photography godfather.

πŸ“± Could a Dumber Phone Be the Key to a Better Life?, via The Atlantic.

πŸ“ˆ Guidebook sales are turning around, industry analysts note.

πŸ’» The Complete Guide to Influencer Marketing for Authors.

πŸ“š Ingram to Launch Wholesale Book Distribution Business in the U.K and competing against Gardners.

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