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New BATW Travel Stories topics for October include a pandemic-era visit to Hidden Rome, a “New York State of Mind,” cruising the Croatian Islands, a California cheese trail, participating in group sex under a full moon, and a timely Halloween visit to the village of Ronald Reagan’s astrologer.  Read the stories here.


Karen Misuraca, Ruth Carlson and Yvonne Horn are hosting a book launch party on the patio, with wine and snacks, Saturday, October 9 at 2 p.m. at Book Passage in Corte Madera.

The three newly-published books are: Karen Misuraca’s Secret Sonoma: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful & Obscure, Yvonne Horn’s 100 Things to Do in Sonoma County Before You Die, and Ruth Carlson’s Secret California: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful & Obscure.


Andrea Granahan has just published a new book called The Wandering Widow. Andrea was a wife, a mother, a journalist, a teacher, and a publisher for over thirty years when she was widowed. She picked up her pen, began traveling and became an award-winning travel writer.


The Wandering Widow captures many of her adventures from getting mugged in Belize to dancing with a family on an island in Lake Titicaca. From Africa to Bali, from Cape Horn to Paris, The Wandering Widow offers a taste of the world and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, as print or as a ebook.


Molly Blaisdell, Tom Wilmer and Laurie McAndish King have collaborated on a podcast for one of Molly’s clients, the Aquarium of the Bay. Molly arranged for Laurie to interview the CEO, who’s a fascinating visionary, and Laurie interviewed and edited, then sent the audio file to Tom Wilmer. Tom edited further, produced the segment, and publicized it on Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, his program for NPR-affiliate KCBX. Hear it here.


BOD member Erin Deinzer contributed to Connect Magazine’s Fall 2021 issue with an article titled “Reconnect with Your Team on the Water” which highlights six water-based activities (at four different locations) that meeting planners can coordinate for event attendees. The article can be found on pg. 64 of the electronic version.


Alec Scott wrote a piece for the LA Times on the history of climbing in Yosemite, and a new museum dedicated to that subject. Click here to read how early climbers made their own gear for the dangerous ascents.


Tennessee Tourism is featuring Tom Wilmer’s latest audio series in the October issue of Experience Tennessee. See the cover story and hear the interviews here.


Ginny Prior has a feature, in print and online, on leaf peeping and hot potting near June Lake and the Greater Mammoth Lakes region. Click here to read her column.


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  1. Big congrats to all. And a triple book launch — what a great idea!
    Jules & Effin, now far, far away

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