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Wrapping Up Blogathon and Starting New Projects

Memo to: Readers of A Travelers’ Library

From: A Traveling Reader

This morning was the wrap-up on Twitter by all the people who participated in the blogging marathon. Now I’m off on another sort of marathon–checking in to Likaholix most every day.  If you have not seen it, take a look.  It would be a great place for you to share your favorite travel books.

I’ve updated my TBR page to indicate travel books finished, travel books started, and a new book on the to-be-read pile that I’m very excited about. (Hint: Paris and food)

Recommendations are flowing in for books to read about Mexico, so maybe we’ll need to go back there soon.

C. M. Mayo writes to take exception to my laughing at “dolphins porpoising”. She says, “Dolphins do porpoise. Can be used as a verb.” Don’t want to belabor the point, because I love the way that Madame Mayo (as she is known at her blog) uses the language, and the ingenuity of her verbs and metaphors. And she has been most gracious about accepting what I wrote otherwise. And she is, after all, the one who teaches writing.

Next Up

This week we are going to visit some travel classics.  I will be showing what a babe in the woods I am by reviewing must-read travel books that I never read before. So here come Bill Bryson, V.S. Naipaul, Eric Newby, Paul Fussel, and Bruce Chatwin (the ONE out of these that I had already read.)

Next weekend I will disappear for a few days as the Traveler’s Library morphs into a new form.  Stay tuned.

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Places to Go for Info on Books and Publishing

A Traveler’s Library, is after all about Travel AND Books, so some of the sites listed on my blogroll have to do with books–books about everything–not just travel. For those interested in books and the publishing business, here are three sites.

ABE (American Book Exchange) stocks all those out-of-print, used, and collector’s editions books that are hard to find elsewhere. So this is a fun place to browse. However, they also have one of the pithiest and most entertaining blogs I have seen anywhere. Most expensive books, most surprising, updates on book awards– it is all here.

Bookstores tells you where you can find bookstores abroad to feed your reading habit while you are traveling. This is a recent addition to my blogroll, after I landed on it while exploring another blog. A wonderful recent post talks about leading book fairs in Europe. I’m a little afraid of visiting a place that offers 7000 publishers in one place, as Frankfurt does. I might have a total reading addict meltdown.

Writers and Editors Pat McNees provides a home on the Internet where writers and editors can connect. This site has links to anything you can think of that has to do with books and publishing.

Where do YOU like to get news about book publishing?  Please share your information in the comments section. We’re listening.

And if you are looking for more good stuff to read at A Traveler’s Library, here’s a good place to start: 10 Posts from First 100.

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10 Posts from the First 100 at A Traveler’s Library

VMB in Kastro, Sifnos Island, Greece

VMB in Kastro, Sifnos Island, Greece

Yesterday A Traveler’s Library hit one of those landmark days, and I was not even here to celebrate. (I’m in New Orleans ensconced in my favorite hotel, Hotel Monteleone.)

Ta-Da–100 Posts!

Somehow, it seems appropriate, though, that I had a guest post on India here yesterday, because it is symbolic of the ways this blog has introduced me to people, places and books to read for travel.  I might not have met Sue Dickman, yesterday’s guest poster,  had it not been for the 30-day challenge started by Michelle Rafter.

I certainly would not have had much to say about India, since I have not been there myself.  But by using guest experts, A Traveler’s Library roams beyond the  destinations that I have traveled to personally. We have had guests posts on New England, Croatia, Mumbai, and now India again.

And I met the nice folks at Wandering Educators, who invited me to be the Traveler’s Library Editor. I wrote their earlier this month about popular posts from April at A Traveler’s Library.

In the first 100 posts, we have traveled to an amazing 53 different places! I hope you’ll join me as we travel to more places and learn about more great books in the 2nd hundred posts.

TEN random selections from the First Hundred:

Onward toward that First Year celebration  January 10, 2010!

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10 Posts from the First 100 at A Traveler's Library

VMB in Kastro, Sifnos Island, Greece

VMB in Kastro, Sifnos Island, Greece

Yesterday A Traveler’s Library hit one of those landmark days, and I was not even here to celebrate. (I’m in New Orleans ensconced in my favorite hotel, Hotel Monteleone.)

Ta-Da–100 Posts!

Somehow, it seems appropriate, though, that I had a guest post on India here yesterday, because it is symbolic of the ways this blog has introduced me to people, places and books to read for travel.  I might not have met Sue Dickman, yesterday’s guest poster,  had it not been for the 30-day challenge started by Michelle Rafter.

I certainly would not have had much to say about India, since I have not been there myself.  But by using guest experts, A Traveler’s Library roams beyond the  destinations that I have traveled to personally. We have had guests posts on New England, Croatia, Mumbai, and now India again.

And I met the nice folks at Wandering Educators, who invited me to be the Traveler’s Library Editor. I wrote their earlier this month about popular posts from April at A Traveler’s Library.

In the first 100 posts, we have traveled to an amazing 53 different places! I hope you’ll join me as we travel to more places and learn about more great books in the 2nd hundred posts.

TEN random selections from the First Hundred:

Onward toward that First Year celebration  January 10, 2010!

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New Orleans for Book Lovers

New Orleans Images, from Creative Commons

New Orleans Images, from Creative Commons

Destination: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Book: The Booklovers Guide to New Orleans by Susan Larson

Ahh, New Orleans is on my mind, as I start to pack for a trip there later this week.  I can’t resist the opportunity to talk a little bit about New Orleans in books–and there are plenty of them. Today, I depart from my usual types of literature and give you a book about books. Tomorrow a book about a restaurant, and Wednesday, some early stories by Faulkner.

Then you are in for a treat as we hit the mark of 100 posts at A Traveler’s Library. Guest post about India on Thursday, and then something quite different–two posts on music to get you in the mood to travel (Scotland and Ireland).

But first, today’s recommendation for travelers to New Orleans. The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans (1999) by Susan Larson holds more treats than just a simple list of books to read. The author knows whereof she speaks, as she is book editor at the Times-Picayune newspaper. Nowadays she blogs about books for the paper, so you can get updated book and events information.

The guide includes bios of New Orleans authors, locations of New Orleans bookstores (this book was pre-Katrina, so check on the web before heading out to the stores), and my favorite section Lagniappe.  The wonderful word is New Orleans-speak for the little extra–the thirteenth doughnut in a dozen, for example. In this case it is writers of New Orleans talking about their favorite things. What fun! And best of all, because it is an aging book (but just as valuable as ever), you can get it for a couple of bucks from Amazon and other sellers on the Internet.

Here’s a book that is not in The Booklovers Guide to New Orleans, because it is brand new.  I’ve ordered it and will be reading on the plane, so get back to you later about Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum. Reviewed in the Colorado Springs Independent.

For more on New Orleans at A Traveler’s Library see a book on survivors, Faulkner sketches, Galatoires and food in New Orleans, Book Stores, Faulkner and Williams, Faulkner to Ford.

Please share your favorite New Orleans books. Have you read some of the wonderful mystery books set in NOLA? Share in the comment section. Your fellow readers will thank you.

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Can't Go? Read About Mexico

Mata Ortiz Pot

Mata Ortiz Pot

Destination: Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico

Books:  The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, several contributors

Keith Jenkins, over at Velvet Escape, asked me if I had met anybody inspirational in my travels. Keith is a true world traveler, and an excellent writer, besides.  I felt honored to write a guest post for the  series, that Keith calls, “A World of Inspiration.”

The place where I met the man who inspired me– Mata Ortiz, Mexico– seems to be off limits at present. So perhaps we would-be travelers can just curl up with a good book, while we are waiting for the swine H1N1  flu epidemic to end and traffic around the world to get back to normal.

The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz (1999) provides a wonderful guide to anyone going to Mata Ortiz to shop for pottery. But even if you are not going there, the pictures of the amazing creations of the villagers, and the photographic portraits of village family members will keep you enthralled. The book covers the history of how Juan Quezada turned the little struggling railroad workers village into a thriving art center. (For more about Juan, you’ll have to go over to Velvet Escape.) Suffice it to say that the work is considered fine art–not craft or folk art.

The book explains how the potters work and how they are related.  You will be amazed at the intricate designs of the pottery and its relationship to the nearby archaeological site of Casas Grandes. The relationships of potters are equally intricate. Writers include Susan Lowell, Jim Hills, Jorge Quintana Rodriquez, Walter Parks and Michael Wisner. Photography is by W. Ross Humphreys and Robin Stancliff.

I hope that if you have never been to Mata Ortiz, a few hours south of the Arizona or New Mexico borders, that you will be able to travel there some time. In the meantime, take a look at this beautiful book.

Another book in my traveler’s library, The Miracle of Mata Ortiz, by Walter P. Parks, was published in 1994, and was the fundamental guide until Many Faces of Mata Ortiz was published.

I have not yet see a book  released in August, 2008, Mata Ortiz Pottery: Art and Life, by Ron Goebel , but it sounds good. More personal stories about the potters.

Photograph above by Cliff Kemper from Flickr under Creative Commons license.

Have you been to Mata Ortiz?  How is the flu epidemic affecting your travel plans? Please talk back in the comment section below.

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Can’t Go? Read About Mexico

Mata Ortiz Pot

Mata Ortiz Pot

Destination: Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico

Books:  The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, several contributors

Keith Jenkins, over at Velvet Escape, asked me if I had met anybody inspirational in my travels. Keith is a true world traveler, and an excellent writer, besides.  I felt honored to write a guest post for the  series, that Keith calls, “A World of Inspiration.”

The place where I met the man who inspired me– Mata Ortiz, Mexico– seems to be off limits at present. So perhaps we would-be travelers can just curl up with a good book, while we are waiting for the swine H1N1  flu epidemic to end and traffic around the world to get back to normal.

The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz (1999) provides a wonderful guide to anyone going to Mata Ortiz to shop for pottery. But even if you are not going there, the pictures of the amazing creations of the villagers, and the photographic portraits of village family members will keep you enthralled. The book covers the history of how Juan Quezada turned the little struggling railroad workers village into a thriving art center. (For more about Juan, you’ll have to go over to Velvet Escape.) Suffice it to say that the work is considered fine art–not craft or folk art.

The book explains how the potters work and how they are related.  You will be amazed at the intricate designs of the pottery and its relationship to the nearby archaeological site of Casas Grandes. The relationships of potters are equally intricate. Writers include Susan Lowell, Jim Hills, Jorge Quintana Rodriquez, Walter Parks and Michael Wisner. Photography is by W. Ross Humphreys and Robin Stancliff.

I hope that if you have never been to Mata Ortiz, a few hours south of the Arizona or New Mexico borders, that you will be able to travel there some time. In the meantime, take a look at this beautiful book.

Another book in my traveler’s library, The Miracle of Mata Ortiz, by Walter P. Parks, was published in 1994, and was the fundamental guide until Many Faces of Mata Ortiz was published.

I have not yet see a book  released in August, 2008, Mata Ortiz Pottery: Art and Life, by Ron Goebel , but it sounds good. More personal stories about the potters.

Photograph above by Cliff Kemper from Flickr under Creative Commons license.

Have you been to Mata Ortiz?  How is the flu epidemic affecting your travel plans? Please talk back in the comment section below.

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