Adventure Travel Lecture Series 2008
• Thursday, December 4th, 5 PM
• At The First Parish Church, Mass Ave at Church Street, Harvard Sq
• Free, Reservations Recommended: 617-649-5700 x.21, or email@example.com
Adventure Travel Lecture Series 2008:
Thursday, October 16th, 6 PM
At The First Parish Church
Wayne Bernhardson will talk about current conditions in and travel to Patagonia. Wayne is the author of Moon’s Patagonia Handbook and Buenos Aires Handbook. New editions of both guides are due this fall. Wayne’s previous presentations, including maps and travel photos, have wowed GCB audiences. With his apartment in Buenos Aires as a base, he spends half the year travelling in southern South America. His first-hand knowledge of travel in the region, from the “gateway cities” of Buenos Aires and Santiago, is impressive. Wayne is also the author of Moon’s guides for Argentina and Chile.
Wayne’s blogs on Buenos Aires and Patagonia can be found at http://southernconeguidebooks.blogspot.com/
It’s a great source for reports on Volcán Chaitén, as well as other travel and environmental updates. Recent entries described travel on troubled Aerolíneas Argentinas (now nationalized), public transportation in Buenos Aires, Chile’s designation of its whale species as national monuments, and a NASA expedition’s unexpected discovery of water in a cave while exploring in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
Wednesday, September 17th, 6 PM
At the Brattle Theatre
Wildlife photographer Steven Kazlowski’s The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World has received much acclaim. Steven will present his photographs of polar bears and discuss the impact of climate change on their Arctic habitat. He’ll talk about his travel (over an eight-year period) to the Beaufort and Chukcki Seas, from Point Hope in western Alaska to Herschel Island in the Yukon.
The Last Polar Bear places the reality of climate change in our hands. We see the plight of the polar bear, an indicator species already feeling the detrimental effects of our reliance on fossil fuels, as its icy habitat melts. The book includes many such anecdotes of life among the bears, relayed by the photographer, Alaskan natives and Inupiaq elders. Essays written by conservationist Theodore Roosevelt IV, Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke, cultural anthropologist Richard Nelson, environmental journalist Daniel Glick, and Alaskan residents and writers Nick Jans and Charles Wohlforth provide a more in-depth understanding of the scientific, political and social issues that surround climate change.
We’re thrilled to host Steven, whose photographs have appeared in Audubon, Backpacking, Canadian National Geographic, National Geographic For Kids, National Wildlife, Sierra and TIME magazines. His prior books include Alaska’s Bears of the North, Alaska’s Wildlife of the North, and Alaska Wildlife Impressions.
Jenna Ringelheim — Dog Day Afternoon in Harvard Square
Sunday, August 24th, 4:00 p.m. At Winthrop Park, at the corner of JFK & Mt. Auburn Streets.
Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with a dogs-invited event in Winthrop Park! Jenna Ringelheim, author of Best Hikes With Dogs: Boston and Beyond, will talk about her favorite dog hikes, discuss hike planning and safety and answer questions about how all hikers can have a tail-wagging good time. The hikes in the book cover areas on Boston’s outskirts, and as far away as Ipswich, Medfield and Great Barrington.
Best Hikes With Dogs: Boston and Beyond will be on sale at our store, and Jenna will be autographing books at the event. Afterwards, we’ll set out to walk or paw it on a short, guided Harvard Square Hike. Please call or email us if a dog or two will accompany you – we’ll reserve a “Biscuit Bag” (surprise gifts) for each attending pup.
Heather Hansen — Disappearing Destinations
Wednesday, June 11th, 6 pm
3 Church St., Harvard Sq.
Co-sponsored by Hostelling International
Disappearing Destinations: 37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help Save Them, by Heather Hansen and her co-author Kimberly Lisagor, presents cherished, world-wide “wild and sublime places.” The places selected include treasured cities such as Venice and Timbuktu, as well as endangered natural areas such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Great Barrier Reef. Disappearing Destinations is a unique mix of armchair travel, natural history, and remarkably practical information for eco-tourists.
Understanding the destinations’ draw for those who wish to tread lightly, the authors include conversations with each area’s wildlife or preservation activists and long-time residents. The authors discuss ways in which travellers can support both advocacy organizations and local economies. The book’s lists of recommended travel resources and advocacy groups provide very useful information for responsible travel.
Kimberly Lisagor and Heather Hansen are freelance journalists whose articles about the environment and travel have appeared in many newspapers and publications (including National Geographic, Smithsonian, Modern Traveler, and Outside.) Kim is an award-winning guidebook author. Many Boston and Cape Cod readers followed Heather’s writing during her years on the staffs of Boston Magazine and The Provincetown Banner
G. Franco & Gwen Romagnoli — Italy, the Romagnoli Way
Thursday, May 1st. Please note that this is an In-Store event, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Authors G. Franco and Gwen Romagnoli will talk about Italy, the Romagnoli Way: A Culinary Journey and their visits to less travelled towns and eateries serving “simple, satisfying food.” Franco and Gwen’s preference for “peasant fare” and their enjoyment of regional dishes, breads, wines and sweets is clear. Chapters dedicated to both regions and smaller areas (i.e. the Aeolian Islands) include historical background, landscape and architecture descriptions, favorite routes and restaurants, typical meals, and a small number of unforgettable recipes.
Franco first introduced his native Italian cooking over 30 years ago, as a co-host of PBS’ television series, The Romagnoli’s Table. He operated a number of restaurants in this area and has written nine cookbooks. Gwen lived in and wrote about Italy for many years before meeting and marrying Franco. Their travels during the past ten years, to seemingly endless out-of-the-way spots in Italy, are inspiring and fascinating. Italy, the Romagnoli Way presents the Romagnolis’ extraordinary attachment to and familiarity with traditional Italian cooking.
Franco’s prior books include Cucina di Magro: Cooking Lean the Traditional Italian Way and A Thousand Bells at Noon: A Roman Reveals the Secrets and Pleasures of His Native City.
Great Days & Nights in Eastern Europe Event
Saturday, April 12th, 2008
The Globe Corner Bookstore’s staff and “alumnae” who have journeyed through and lived in Eastern Europe talke about their travels and ways to survive the high Euro. They will answer questions about extended stays in Prague, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Sarajevo. Advice will cover travel east from Vienna and Moscow, backpacking in the Balkans, cycling in Hungary, coastal escapes in Croatia and Montenegro, hiking in Transylvania, riding the Trans-Siberian rails – and much more about Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Croatia.
Our in-store event is part of The Bookish Ball celebration in Harvard Square, sponsored by the Harvard Square Business Association. The afternoon and evening celebration will include a Book Stroll, events in bookstores, discounts, prizes tied to a “Passport to Wisdom” and a party (with the Sweet Divines dance band) at Holyoke Center’s Forbes Plaza.
Susan Spicer — Crescent City Cooking
Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
Susan Spicer’s cookbook, Crescent City Cooking: Unforgettable Recipes from Susan Spicer’s New Orleans is a treat for fans of the chef’s mix of Southern and international dishes served at her French Quarter restaurant, Bayona.
Our in-store book signing and reception includes a brief Q&A period during which Susan will answer questions about her cooking history prior to Bayona’s opening, Bayona, Gulf Coast cuisine post-Katrina, writing the cookbook, ways that we can all support NOLA and other topics.
About the book…
One of New Orleans’s culinary stars and a James Beard award winner, Susan Spicer has been indulging Crescent City diners at the highly acclaimed restaurants, Bayona and Herbsaint, for years. Her long-awaited cookbook brings her signature dishes to the home cook’s table. It features over 170 recipes, ranging from traditional New Orleans dishes (Cornmeal-Crusted Crayfish Pies and Cajun-Spiced Pecans) to twists on down-home cuisine (Smoked Duck Hash in Puff Pastry with Apple Cider Sauce; Grilled Shrimp with Black Bean Cakes and Coriander Sauce) and, of course, a recipe for Gumbo z’Herbes (Green Gumbo with Oysters).
Our connection with Susan Spicer is one degree of separation, as our son Nat cooks at Bayona.
Helen Thayer — Walking the Gobi
Helen Thayer will read from Walking the Gobi A 1600-Mile Trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair. She’ll talk about her and her husband Bill’s adventures as the first man and woman to walk the entire length of almost 1,500 miles, east to west, of the Mongolian Gobi Desert. They persevered as they faced Siberian winds, accompanying sand storms, heat reaching 126 degrees, scarcity of water and plenty of scorpions. The Thayers’ time spent with the Gobi Desert’s nomads is one of many remarkable experiences described in her book.
Named “One of the Great Explorers of the 20th Century” by National Geographic, Thayer noted that she “first heard of the Gobi as a 13 year old growing up in New Zealand. Then the Gobi was as far away as the moon; now at 63 the dream has come full circle.”
Her previous feats are impressive. In 1988, she became the first woman to walk and ski to either pole when she trekked solo to the Magnetic North Pole without dogsled or snowmobile. She was the first woman and first American to circumnavigate the Magnetic North Pole. Her amazing adventure with her beloved companion Charlie (her Canadian Eskimo Husky) was the basis for her first book, Polar Dreams.No tags for this post.