The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 12 with Editor Lavinia Spalding (Virtual Event)

Contributers include Alia Volz, Eva Holland, Naomi Melati Bishop, and Sivani Babu, with introduction by Larry Habegger
Tuesday, December 8, 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET • Virtual Event

Travelers’ Tales announces publication of the newest collection in the award-winning series that invites you to travel along with intrepid female nomads as they wander the globe. The essays in The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 12: True Stories from Around the World, edited by Lavinia Spalding and illustrated by Colette Hannahan, transport readers to secret corners of place and emotion, on adventures far-ranging and vivid.  Joining Lavinia for the Volume 12 book launch are contributors: Eva Holland, whose essay is about survival in the Canadian arctic; Sivani Babu who wrote about returning to her grandparents' home, a book publishing print house in Rajahmundry, India; Alia Volz who traveled to Cuba to settle a debt; and Naomi Melati Bishop, born in Indonesia, whose story is about travel on stolen tickets. Introduction by Travelers’ Tales Executive Editor, Larry Habegger.

Lavinia Spalding has edited five previous editions of The Best Women’s Travel Writing. She is the author of Writing Away and the co-author of With a Measure of Grace and This Immeasurable Place, and she introduced the e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue, A Motor-Flight Through France. Lavinia’s work appears in such publications as Tin House, Longreads, Yoga Journal, Sunset, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Guardian, and has been widely anthologized. Her AFAR essay “Playing by Heart” received a Lowell Thomas Gold Award and was recognized by The Best American Travel Writing. She is also a public speaker and teacher. When she isn’t leading international writing workshops, she lives with her family in New Orleans and on Cape Cod. Find more at

Contributors Include:

Alia Volz
Alia Volz is the author of the memoir Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco, which was recently featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. Her work appears in The New York Times, Salon, Bon Appetit, and The Best American Essays. Alia has crossed Spain on foot, seen Fidel Castro orate in a downpour, and made love at the feet of Easter Island's Moai. But she keeps rolling back to her hometown of San Francisco.
Eva Holland
Eva Holland is a freelance writer based in Canada’s Yukon Territory. She is a correspondent for Outside magazine, and the author of Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear.
Naomi Melati Bishop
Naomi Melati Bishop was born in Indonesia to odd soul mates: a Javanese princess and a wild New Yorker dad. She moved to NYC when she was eleven. Naomi earned her MFA at NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program and works as a writer, editor, and teacher. Naomi runs an editing service,, and is currently at work on her first book, a memoir about her mysterious origins, new motherhood, her parents' love story, and her inheritance of worldwide adventures.
Sivani Babu
Sivani Babu is the co-founder and co-CEO of Hidden Compass. She is a former federal public defender turned award-winning journalist and nature photographer who has contributed to AFAR, Backpacker, BBC Travel, CNN, Narrative, and numerous other publications. Her work has been recognized by the Best American Travel Writing and has appeared in exhibits from San Diego to the Sorbonne. She is currently at work on her first book, Saving the Night: Shedding Light on the Importance of Darkness.
Colette Hannahan
Colette Hannahan is a painter and illustrator based in San Francisco. She believes that every landscape and skyscape deserve a portrait, so she’s going for it, one by one. You can see her artwork (including the full-size color renderings of the illustrations in this book) on her website, or follow her on Instagram @colettehannahan.



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ISBN: 9781609521899
Published: Travelers' Tales - November 24th, 2020