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Looking for:

  • a media professional familiar with travel issues that pertain to African Americans, women and African American women.
  • knowledgeable guest for your travel show,
  • an experienced travel writer for last minute assignments,
  • African American travel writing on the web,
  • information about travel writing opportunities, travel writing skill development and becoming a travel writer?

Well, you can find that information and much more by contacting travel media maven, Elaine Lee, whose work in the arenas of travel writing, travel radio and travel television, includes but is not limited to:

  • Writing/editing articles for magazines, newspapers and the web
  • Being an “on air” guest for television and radio
  • Providing original television and radio programming/field production
  • Consulting on African American travel trends, women’s travel concerns as well as providing assistance in locating services of other African American travel media professionals for assignments/appearances.

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Press Release GO GIRL!
The Black Woman's Book of Travel & Adventure

Finally, a travel book for the sisters!
GO GIRL!
The Black Woman's Book of Travel & Adventure
Edited by Elaine Lee
Portland, OR

The Eighth Mountain Press, publisher of bestselling travel books, released Go Girl! The Black Woman's Book of Travel & Adventure. African American travelers have an estimated $35 billion in travel spending power, yet not even a handful of travel books have been published that directly address the concerns of the black traveler.

Go Girl! is the first travel book for African American women. An anthology of 52 riveting travelers' tales, it includes stories by Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Jill Nelson, Colleen J. McElroy, Gwendolyn Brooks, Audre Lorde, Evelyn C. White, Linda Villarosa, Gloria Wade-Gayles, Opal Palmer Adisa, Lucinda Roy, Barbara Chase-Riboud, and Rachel Christmas Derrick.

These stories cover the globe from Iceland to Australia. A whole section, "Back to Africa" contains stories about that all-important trip to the motherland. Go Girl! entertains while at the same time it explores issues of particular concern to black women: dealing with racism abroad (also finding out that in many countries black women are considered especially beautiful), claiming entitlement to see the world, and traveling to places of particular significance in black history. Sprinkled throughout is useful advice on everything from packing, to traveling inexpensively, creating a travel fund, and staying safe and healthy on the road. Stories range from "A Sharecropper's Daughter Goes to Paris," a vivid exploration of the experience of a "utilitarian traveler, the daughter of poverty" who takes her first trip just for pleasure, to "Going to Ghana," the story of a mother and daughter who travel to Africa to participate in sacred rites in a Ghanaian village; and "A Homegirl Hits Beijing," a jaunty account of studying Mandarin and learning about oneself.

Whether traveling for escape and relaxation ("Sailing My Fantasy"), on a spiritual quest ("Red Dirt on My Feet"), in search of a mind-expanding, life-changing experience ("The Kindness of Strangers"), as a "going home," finding one's roots ("Egypt: Body and Soul"), for healing ("Ubud, Bali"), to find relief from racism ("Why Paris?"), to celebrate black culture ("In Search of Black Peru: Christmas in El Carmen"), to honor black history ("Visiting Nannytown"), to reach for understanding across cultural barriers ("Japan of My Dreams"), to help others ("Seeing Things in the Dark"), or to open up new possibilities in one's own life ("Genesis of the Traveling Spirit"), the travel experiences chronicled in Go Girl! will delight, enlighten, and inspire.

Go Girl! entertains while at the same time it explores issues of particular concern to black women: dealing with racism abroad (also finding out that in many countries being a black women is an asset instead of a liability as it is in the United States), claiming entitlement to see the world, and traveling to places of particular significance in black history. Sprinkled throughout is useful advice on everything from packing, to traveling inexpensively, creating a travel fund, and staying safe and healthy on the road.

To order a press copy contact, Elaine Lee at laneybugg@aol.com.

About the Editor
Elaine Lee traveled solo around the world in 1992 and 2004 and continues to travel regularly. She has visited over 46 countries.
An attorney in San Francisco with a private law practice in family law, probate, estate planning, and personal injury. She has received awards from the Women Lawyers of Alameda County for outstanding contributions to the community, and from the City of Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women. She is an avid swimmer, bibliophile, salsa dancer, skier, amateur astronomer, whitewater rafter, sailor, cyclist, and maintains a personal yoga and meditation practice. She is a charming and articulate speaker and interview subject.

About the Eighth Mountain Press
Other travel titles from the Eighth Mountain Press include: A Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler, 2nd Ed., by Thalia Zepatos; Adventures in Good Company: The Complete Guide to Women's Tours and Outdoor Trips by Thalia Zepatos; and The Fearless Flyer: How to Fly in Comfort and Without Trepidation by Cherry Hartman and Julie Sheldon Huffaker.

Go Girl!: The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure
368 pages, 6 x 9
Hardcover: ISBN 0-933377-43-6 $24.95
Trade paperback: ISBN 0-933377-42-8 $17.95
Publication date: October 15, 1997
The Eighth Mountain Press
624 SE 29th Avenue,
Portland, OR 97214
503/233-3936
fax: 503/233-0774

 

“I have been on the road so long, you might have to run me down, catch me and tie me up in a shed until I get housebroken again. When I get tame, I might have something interesting to tell you.”

               J. Harris

Go Girl Cover
Elaine Lee enroute to Paris, France.