Lonely Planet’s Lights, Camera…Travel! with Special Event at McNally Jackson Books in NYC

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — “The premise behind this anthology is simple: since the ancient Greeks, actors have been society’s storytellers. And ever since Hollywood first left the backlot, these storytellers have been traveling to far-flung corners of the world to tell those tales.”

So starts the introduction of Lonely Planet’s newest literary travel anthology, Lights, Camera…Travel!. Edited by actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy and acclaimed travel editor Don George, Lights, Camera…Travel! features 33 illuminating and entertaining stories by distinguished actors, directors, and screenwriters from their time on the road.

This anthology of personal, inspiring, funny, embarrassing and human stories includes tales by Alec Baldwin, Brooke Shields, Sandra Bernhard, Dana Delany, Neil LaBute, Rick Steves, Paulina Porizkova, Bob Balaban, Eric Bogosian and Anthony Edwards.

Alec Baldwin presents an atmospheric and heartfelt depiction of life in LA, while Brooke Shields hilariously recalls her mishaps in the Arctic while on assignment for Marie Claire. Eric Bogosian hunts for Buddahs in Thailand and Dana Delany reminisces how a movie location romance in Brazil “started my lifelong relationship with younger men”.

Filmmakers may be a nomadic breed but even they never cease to be amazed by a new location. Making a movie may be easier on the backlot, but it’s certainly richer on the road.

About the Editors: ANDREW MCCARTHY Andrew McCarthy is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler. He’s written for The Atlantic, Travel + Leisure, Men’s Journal, Slate, Afar, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. In 2010 he was awarded the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalist of the Year. As an actor, he’s appeared in more than two-dozen films including Pretty in Pink, Less Than Zero, Weekend at Bernie’s, The Joy Luck Club, and The Spiderwick Chronicles. He has starred on Broadway (Side Man), appeared often on TV (Lipstick Jungle), and directed numerous television shows (Gossip Girl).

DON GEORGE Don George has edited five previous Lonely Planet literary anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers and Tales from Nowhere. He also wrote the Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing. Don has been global travel editor for Lonely Planet, travel editor at both the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner and is also founder and editor of Salon.com’s ‘Wanderlust’. He is currently contributing editor and book review columnist for National Geographic Traveler, special features editor and blogger for Gadling.com and editor of the online literary travel magazine Recce. Don appears frequently as a travel expert on television and radio and hosts a national series of on-stage conversations with prominent writers. He is also cofounder and chairman of the annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference.

About the book: Lights, Camera…Travel!, New Title 262pp, paperback, $15.99 978 1 74220 493 2 October 2011

SPECIAL NYC EVENT: Monday, November 7th at 7:30pm McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St, NY, NY 10012 Featuring Alec Baldwin, Anthony Edwards, Bob Balaban, Paulina Porizkova and Sandra Bernhard reading their stories from the book. Hosted by Andrew McCarthy and Don George.

Book signing with Andrew McCarthy, Anthony Edwards, Don George, Paulina Porizkova and Sandra Bernhard to follow. Open to the public; visit McNally Jackson Books for more information.


Rana Freedman
Lonely Planet