BATW Book Launch and Awards Party December 3

Please join us, virtually, for the launch of our latest anthology, Travel Stories of Wonder and Change, on Thursday December 3, 2020, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.
The Zoom room will be open from 4:45 pm, with the launch beginning sharp, at 5:00 pm.  Please log on a couple of minutes early, (the zoom link is in your email invitation) and have a glass or mug of something ready to raise shortly after 5. Through the stories written by our members, we will travel abroad (to Italy, Turkey and Tibet), and domestically (to Hawaii, Yosemite and the elephant-seal rookery near Hearst Castle) and more.
The festivities will begin with BATW President Judith Horstman reading from her introduction to the book, and announcing the winner of the Rebecca Bruns Prize, a biennial award for excellence and contributions to BATW given in honor of the late former member and outstanding journalist.
We will feature readings from three contributors — Laura Deutsch, April Orcutt and Anne Sigmon — who have been recognized with an award for excellence, named for distinguished travel editor, writer and BATW member Georgia Hesse; and from three other contributors chosen by lottery
The event is promoted by Book Passage (of Corte Madera and the Ferry Building), a longtime backer of excellent travel writing and writers, where you can also purchase a copy via their website:
This was a juried anthology, and the competition was stiff. Please come to celebrate your fellow members’ work!
Best wishes,
The BATW 2020 Book Committee
Here’s the agenda:
  • Group toast to the publication, led by Alec Scott.
  • Judith Horstman’s Introduction to the Anthology and announcement of the Rebecca Bruns Prize winner
  • Readings by Laura Deutsch, “The Rhythms of Arezzo;” Donna Peck, “They Never Saw the Rainbow;” and April Orcutt, “Tibetan Bargain with a Twist”
  • Pause from the Readings — with other members whose work appears in the anthology to give brief descriptions of their essays
  • Readings by Rosie Cohan, “Ali’s Heritage Garden;” Carole Terwilliger Meyers, “In My Father’s Footsteps;” and Anne Sigmon, “Sierra Point.”
Questions? Please contact Alec Scott, Chair of the Book Committee at


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