June 02, 2008

TV talk: Good travel guides

Folks who get Easton, Massachusetts' local cable TV channel can catch me at 9 PM tonight on "Book Lovers of Easton," presented by the Ames Free Library. On tonight's show I'll talk about some of my favorite travel guide books and guide book series. If you can't watch tonight, the station will re-air the show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 6, 7 and 8, at 11:30 AM.

I always enjoy taping these shows. Once the host, Madeline Holt, and I get started, it's hard to stop, and the half hour flies by.

Tonight we toss around such names as Baedeker, Michelin, Bradt, Fodor, Frommer and Steves.

On a past show, I talked about some of my favorite travel writers and travel narratives. Read my 2006 post, Great Travel Narratives: From Marco Polo to William Least Heat Moon for ideas on some good reads that can transport you to the far corners of the earth. Nice summer reading.

(If you're thinking of adding my book, Ribbons of Highway: A Mother-Child Journey Across America to your summer reading list -- you get a cross country trip, and I've paid for the gas -- please consider ordering it through the "Buy Now" button in this blog's right sidebar instead of through Amazon. Amazon is pulling a stunt that's very unkind to independent authors and small publishers, and lots of us are asking readers to purchase our work through other channels. Thanks for your support.)