Travel Writing Conference
The CLA presents its first-ever writers’ conference, dedicated to the far-flung nonfiction artists who chronicle the globe in all its glory. We’ll hear stories of life on the road (as well as what our adventurers eat along the way). Our panelists will also offer a plethora of practical advice for the would-be travel writers in the audience.
March 21-23, 7pm – Student Union Theatre
Parking will be available in San José State University’s North garage on the corner 10th St. and San Fernando St. (elevator access) and South garage on the corner of 7th St. and San Salvador St. More information can be found here.
No tickets are required to attend the event; however, seating is limited so please arrive early.
Tuesday, March 21 – Food & Travel Panel
Janis Cooke Newman’s travel writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of A Master Plan for Rescue and Mary (which was named USA Today’s Best Historical Novel of the Year) as well as the memoir, The Russian Word for Snow. She is also the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference.
Jacqueline Harmon Butler is the recipient of many press awards, including Italy’s prestigious “Golden Linchetto Prize” for best foreign journalist and the Travelers’ Tales Solas Travel and Food Silver Award. In a variety of international publications and anthologies, her travel writing has tempted readers’ palates with mouth-watering meals and left them salivating for more. Her books include, the 7th edition of the Travel Writer’s Handbook, Taking a Chance on Love, a memoir which chronicles her 20-year romance with a much younger Italian man, and a romantic novel, One Last Trip to Paris.
Margo True has been the food editor at Sunset since 2006. Before coming to Sunset, she was the executive editor at Saveur magazine, and before that, a senior editor and writer at Gourmet. Margo has won several national honors for her writing, including four James Beard journalism awards and two awards from the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). She edited The Sunset Cookbook (Oxmoor, 2010), The Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook (Oxmoor, 2012), The Sunset Essential Western Cookbook (also Oxmoor, 2012) and was the lead author of The One-Block Feast (Ten Speed Press, 2011), a backyard-farming book based on the magazine’s James Beard Award-winning blog, sunset.com/oneblockdiet. Her latest project was Sunset’s The Great Outdoors Cookbook (2014), an IACP cookbook of the year.
Wednesday, March 22 – Adventure Travel Panel: Moderated by Cathleen Miller
The Martha Heasley Cox Lecture
The New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean has been called “a national treasure” by the Washington Post. Her deeply moving—and deeply humorous—explorations of American stories have earned her a reputation as one of our most distinctive journalistic voices. Her bestseller The Orchid Thief inspired the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation. A staff writer for The New Yorker for over 20 years and a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue, she penned the collection My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere.
Michael Katakis is a member of the Royal Geographical Society and the manager of Ernest Hemingway’s literary estate. His books include A Thousand Shards of Glass; Despatches; For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn: Six Words, Six Stories, Six Writers; Photographs and Words; and others. RGS President Michael Palin called his photography “an exercise in clarity, economy and purpose.” It has been featured in the National Portait Gallery, the Royal Geographical Society, and others. In 2008, the British Library requested his photography and authored works be featured in their American Collection, and has since recorded interviews for their Oral Histories Department.
See biography below.
Thursday, March 23 – Travel Editors’ Panel: Moderated by Don George
National Geographic has called Don George “a legendary travel writer and editor.” Don’s new book is The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George. He also wrote the book on travel writing, Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing, which is the bestselling travel writing guide in the world. In addition, Don has edited ten award-winning literary travel anthologies, including An Innocent Abroad, Better Than Fiction, and The Kindness of Strangers. Don has been Travel Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, founder and editor of Salon.com’s Wanderlust travel site, and Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet. He is currently the editor at large for National Geographic Traveler, special features editor for BBC Travel, and editor of Geographic Expedition’s literary blog, Wanderlust: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler.
Julia Cosgrove is the vice president and editor in chief of AFAR, the critically acclaimed media brand that inspires, guides, and enables travelers to have deeper, richer, and more fulfilling experiences. Under Julia’s leadership, AFAR is the only brand to win a Lowell Thomas Award every year since launch—Best Travel Magazine every year, Best Website for the past four years, and Best Travel App in 2014—and the only brand to be an ASME finalist for General Excellence across both print and digital. Last year AFAR won six top FOLIO awards, including Best Full Issue and Best Website. Prior to launching AFAR in 2008, Julia was a writer and editor at media companies big and small, including Time Out and the Meredith Corporation. A graduate of Barnard College, Julia has taught magazine writing and design at the d.school at Stanford University.
All events are open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
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