Archive for June, 2011
While we went quiet over the last few months, World Hum’s many fine contributors stayed busy. Books were published, accolades were awarded. In no particular order, here’s a taste of what they’ve been up to:
- Falcon Guides published Ben Keene‘s Best Hikes Near New York City.
- Tony Perrottet‘s latest, The Sinner’s Grand Tour, hit bookstores in May.
- Wanderlust, by Elisabeth Eaves, was published just two weeks ago—more on that coming soon.
- Bill Belleville‘s latest, Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and Found in the State of Dreams, came out in April.
- Sophia Dembling got a deal for a book about introversion, to be published in fall 2012. She wrote our wildly popular Confessions of an Introverted Traveler.
- David Farley was named a contributing editor at AFAR in March.
- Abbie Kozolchyk‘s World Hum story, Jersey Girl, was featured in The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011.
- Alexander Basek launched Fortnighter.
- Joanna Kakissis received the Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion.
- Rob Verger was hired as a reporter at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
- Sarah Menkedick landed an internship at Harper’s. She’ll be there throughout the summer.
- Lola Akinmade was named a photoblogger for Sweden’s official site, Sweden.se.
- Catherine Watson‘s World Hum story A Pilgrimage to Vailima won best travel article appearing on a travel-specific website in the SATW Central States Writing and Photography Contest, as well as the contest’s grand prize, the Henry & Vera Bradshaw Memorial Award.
- Michael Shapiro, David Farley, Peter Delevett, Erin Byrne and Lola Akinmade were all among the Solas Awards winners.
- Michael Yessis completed a draft of a comic thriller about sports, love and the power of Buffalo wings. Revisions are underway.
What else did we miss? Send us an email or let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list. Congrats everyone!
The bestselling travel writer will take the oath of citizenship on July 4. In an essay in Newsweek, he explains his longstanding love affair with the United States, and why he decided to go all the way.
Here’s Winchester on his earliest American travels:
I took a year off before Oxford, bought the cheapest ticket to Montreal, traveled to Vancouver, and then crossed the American frontier by way of the Peace Arch into the seaside town of Blaine, Wash.
I then spent the magical days of that spring and summer hitchhiking through every corner of the country…. All told, I hitched 38,000 American highway miles, and it cost me just . I had entered at Blaine with 200 crisp bills in my pocket; and when six months later I left for Canada by way of Houlton, Maine, I had 182 of them left. Such kindness I had never known.
The experience changed me, profoundly. That summer, somewhere inside me was germinated the vague idea that one day I might make common cause with these kindly, warm, open folk, and even eventually become (as I heard it was possible to do) one of them.
(Via Andrew Sullivan)
Saying that he is a voice for the people who offers the strong leadership that Rockville needs, Planning Commissioner Dion Trahan announced on Sunday that he is running for a seat on the City Council.A Addressing supporters at Guiseppi’s Pizza in Rockville Town Center, Trahan asked voters to “be my rock.