E x p a n d i n g the Boundaries:

The Travel Memoir

ARE YOU AN ARMCHAIR TRAVELER, content to read about exotic locales from the safety of a comfy chair facing the fireplace? Or does your passport contain more stamps than the post office? Whatever your travel preferences -- first-class or coach, light packer or everything but the kitchen sink -- WNBA/ Washington's November 21 travel memoir program will be sure to provoke and inspire.

A distinguished panel of travel writers will discuss the art of the travel memoir, contemplate issues facing women travel writers, share stories, and offer their thoughts on this fascinating genre. As always, there will be plenty of time for questions and socializing.

Scheduled panelists are:


L. Peat O'Neil: A native Washingtonian and member of WNBA since the 1980's, Peat O'Neil writes travel, computer, and music articles for The Washington Post. She is the author of Travel Writing - See the World, Sell the Story. Her travel story about tribal festivals in Kamchatka, Siberia, was published in In Search of Adventure, A Wild Travel Anthology. She's currently working on a travel memoir about walking alone from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean in the Pyrenees region of France.

C.M. Mayo: Catherine is the author of Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles Through Baja California, the Other Mexico, and Sky Over El Nido, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award. Her travel writing has appeared the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. She currently divides her time between Mexico City and Washington DC where she is at work on a novel.

Sara Mansfield Taber: Sara left an academic career to write literary nonfiction. She is the author of Bread of Three Rivers: The Story of a French Loaf, Of Many Lands: Journal of a Traveling Childhood, and Dusk on the Campo: A Journey in Patagonia. Sara teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University.

Amy Barden (moderator): Just back from Paris, the former WNBA Washington Chapter President is an enthusiastic traveler and reader.


Thursday, November 21, 2002

Registration/Refreshments 6:30 PM, Program at 7:00

Olsson's Books & Records in Rosslyn (half block to metro)

Free to WNBA members; $10 for guests

RSVP: Denise Peterson, d.pete@mindspring.com or 202/237-5886

Directions: Olsson's Rosslyn is located at 1735 N. Lynn St, near the corner of N. Lynn and Wilson Blvd. By metro: From Rosslyn stop (blue/orange lines) go left, cross street and take stairs down to N. Lynn where you will see Olsson's (next door to Starbuck's). From DC via Key Bridge: Key Bridge feeds into N. Fort Myer. Stay to left on Fort Myer, which splits into three segments (center lanes pass under Wilson Blvd.). Follow leftmost lane up ramp to Wilson Blvd., turn left on Wilson. Take 2nd left onto Lynn St. Olsson's is halfway down block on right. From D.C. via Roosevelt Bridge: Take Exit 73 (Rosslyn - Key Bridge), which routes you onto Lee Highway (U.S. Route 29) westbound. Turn left on N. Fort Myer Drive. Stay in leftmost lane on Fort Myer, taking ramp up to Wilson Blvd. Turn left on Wilson, and then 2nd left onto N. Lynn. Olsson's store information: www.Olssons.com or 703-812-2103

The Women's National Book Association was formed in 1917 to give visibility to women in publishing, to bring together women and men active in the field, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. Find out more about WNBA's Washington Chapter at www.wnba-books.org/wash.

Where to buy C.M. Mayo's books and CDs? Click here for all ordering options.