Member News

BATW Travel Stories has added 8 new great travel articles in the September issue. Board member Matthew Eley posted his first submission, A Pilgrim in Hong Kong, a great piece about how some of the best pilgrimages “start out as mere wandering.” Matthew joins 13 other BATW members who have signed up as writers for the magazine and have posted 37 stories to date. Some of them are new. Most have appeared in print or posted on line elsewhere but are worthy of more exposure. To see the full list visit:


Ruth Carlson has just published a new book entitled Secret California: a guide to the weird, wonderful and obscure. Ruth is currently on a book tour with several Bay Area appearances. Her new publication is available wherever books are sold and on her website:


Don George has posted a new article on the Geographic Expeditions entitled
Hugging the Coast: An Odyssey of Recovery. The piece is a reflection on returning to travel as pandemic restrictions lift.


Anna Mindess has published an August 18 piece on Fodor’s website entitled Support New York’s Chinatown by Visiting These 20 Spots.  “In these especially difficult times, Chinatowns can use all the love and support they can get,” says Mindess, who was on an extended stay in NYC during June and July. She says she was also lucky to have had help from a friend, Grace Young, the renowned cookbook author who has been championing NY Chinatown since the pandemic started taking a heavy toll on it.


Laurie McAndish King has made her new book, An Elephant Ate My Arm, available as an NFT-based e-book. “This format is like a standard e-book,” Laurie says, “except that you can add bonus content—more stories, audio or video files, really anything you can digitize.

In related news, Laurie’s new book An Elephant Ate My Arm earned two five-star reviews in August—from Jon Michael Miller for Readers’ Favorite and Wyndy Knox Carr in the Berkeley Times. Miller says, “King writes with wit, self-effacement, a moral eye, a mastery of description, a joy of living, and a devotion to earth’s majesty. If you, too, have a sense of curiosity, you must explore An Elephant Ate My Arm” and Carr writes “King writes cogent, often gripping and dryly amusing or hilarious travel articles; but the subtitles hint at her depth, scientific eye and deeper meanings.” The book is available from Book Passage, other independent booksellers, and Amazon.


Judith Horstman and photographer John Williamson have teamed up again to publish a piece on Concord’s Taco and Beer Trails for Montclair, Piedmont and Berkeley Hills Living magazines. The slick, high-gloss magazines are not online but are home-delivered to upper-income neighborhoods.


Lina Broydo wrote a piece in August for “Kstati”, A Russian/American publication in Northern California. The article was a promotion for an art installation on the Peninsula and entitled: 52 Colorful Bears Came out of Hibernation and Descended on Los Altos.


Hilary Kaiser’s play “Discovering Julia Morgan” had a staged reading on Zoom by 3 actors from Moving Parts Theatre Group, August 8th. The 20-minute play was followed by comments and feedback from the Zoom audience.


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