- 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
- Providing original television and radio programming/field
- Consulting on African American travel trends,
travel concerns as well as providing assistance in locating
services of other African American travel media professionals
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Press Release GO GIRL!
The Black Woman's Book of Travel & Adventure
Finally, a travel book for the sisters!
The Black Woman's Book of Travel & Adventure
Edited by Elaine Lee
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Editor
Elaine Lee traveled solo around the world in 1992 and 2004
and continues to travel regularly. She has visited over 46
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
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
“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