Go Girl!

1. Go Girl: The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure is the first travel book by and for African American women. Its an anthology of 52 riveting traveler’s tales by writers such as Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Audre Lorde, Jill Nelson, Alice Walker and Pearl Cleage. It also includes a planning guide and resource guide. Go Girl was published by Eighth Mountain Press in 1997. Click here for more information about the book including reviews and updates.  

2. Anthologies: Elaine contributed stories to the following anthologies:

• “Beyond L.A. Law: Breaking the Traditional Lawyer Mold”, compiled by Janet Smith and published by Harcourt Brace in 1998, Beyong LA Law: Breaking the Traditional Lawyer Mold
• “Age Ain't Nothing But a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife”, edited by Carleen Brice for Beacon Press in 2003, Age Ain't Nothing But a Number: Black Women Explore Middle Life
• “Life Spices from Seasoned Sistahs,” edited by Vicki Ward for Nubian Images Publishing in 2005. Life Spices from Seasoned Sistahs
• “Black Travel Writing”, edited by R. Victoria Arana for Sonia Sanchez Literary Review in 2003 Black Travel Writing
• “Studies in Travel Writing,” edited by Tim Young for White Horse Press, United Kingdom, 2006 Studies in Travel Writing
"Savvy, Sassy and Bold After 50! A Midlife Rebirth" edited by Vicki Ward for Nubian Publishing, 2010. Buy Savvy, Sassy And Bold After 50!, Vicki Lynn Ward, 0975516221

3. Contributions: Elaine has contributed quotes, interviews,photos and/or information for the following books:

• “The Single Girl’s Manifesta” by Jerusha Stewart for Sourcebooks Press, 2005 The Single Girl's Manifesta
• “House Poor” by June Fletcher for Harper-CollinsBooks, 2005 House Poor
• “Anti 9-5 Guide" by Michelle Goodman for Seal Press, 2007


Chicago Tribune

“Editor Elaine Lee is a go-getter with an insatiable curiosity and a thirst for adventure. Her combination of wanderlust, love of the written word and a dearth of a good literature for women of color has led to the publication of Go Girl!… the first travel anthology for  African American women.

Lee has assembled a marvelous collection of stories from around the globe-from coldest Iceland to dusty Australia…. The book concludes with an inspiring piece, “Creating and Sustaining a Trip Around the World,” by Lee, about her seven-month solo adventure through eight countries in Central and Southern Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. It includes valuable information on planning the route, finding the friendly faces (or simply a place to stay), setting up a home secretary and traveling alone.”


Go Girl Cover

Elaine was featured in the February 2007 edition of Dichan magazine, Thailand's equivalent to our Vogue magazine. The story is about a conversation between Elaine and her Thai friend when she called to check on her after the Thailand political coup d'état, which took place in September of 2006.

Writers Alice Walker (Go Girl contributor), Rochelle Robinson, Elaine Lee and Dr. Marsha Treadwell at an oysterbake/picnic on Heart's Desire Beach in Port Reyes National Park, Marin county, California


• “Blacks in Oakland: Images of an Artist ” by Jerry Thompson and Duane Deterville for Arcadia Press, 2007 book cover


Black Travel: The Anthology

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