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Apr. 26, 2011
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About Don Meredith Freelance writer and world traveler, Don Meredith is the author of novels, short story collections, and a collection of essays. Born and raised in Southern California, he has lived for long periods on a Dalmatian island, a Tuscany farm, the island of Lamu off the Kenya coast, and on the coast of Andalusia. Merediths work includes the novels Morning Line and Home Movies, published by Avon Books. His short story collection Wing Walking received the George Garrett Fiction Prize, and his essay collection Where the Tigers Were received a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize in Letters. Both books are available at Amazon.com. His stories, essays and travel articles appear widely in journals and anthologies. PUBLICATIONS BOOKS Non-fiction: Where the Tigers Were: Travels through Literary Landscapes, University of South Carolina Press, 2001 What reviewers and writers say about Where the Tigers Were Where the Tigers Were is a completely fascinating and wholly delightful account of real adventures in exotic places. With the gifted writer Don Meredith as our personal tour guide, we are taken to visit the places where some of our greatest modern writers lived and out of which they created masterworks. The result is pure pleasure, a brilliant book to admire and to enjoy. - George Garrett, author of Bad Man Blues Award-winning novelist and travel writer Don Meredith leads readers on a wide-ranging romp through a dozen literary locals in Where the Tigers Were. Meredith brings to life such locations as E.M. Forsters Tuscany, Thomas Manns Venice, and Maria Thomas Dar es Salaam. Here the emphasis is on Merediths personal pilgrimages to these places, street-level narratives that reflect his own nomadic life and love of literature. Hemispheres, United Airlines Very well then he would travel. Not all that far, not quite to where the tigers were. This quote from Thomas Manns Death in Venice might describe Meredith, except that he has traveled far indeed from the United States to Wales, the Middle East, India, Africa, and finally to Lamu Island, Kenya. What results is a mix of exotic flavors redolent of places from Venice to Vietnam . . . One savors Merediths descriptions. When dawn comes to Dar es Salaam, it is . . . like pale smoke from across the Indian Ocean, bringing with it the smells of smoldering garbage. Meredith writes with poignancy and revelation. This well-researched book is part travel guide and part literary criticism. A woven tapestry of twelve authors, places and experiences, it will serve as an interesting resource to world travelers and to literary students alike. - Diana Milesko, Fore Word - forewordmagazine.com Don Meredith possesses that essential knack so vital to the successful travel writer an eye for the bizarre, the mundane, the historic, juxtaposed with a feeling for a good story. His study of Lawrence of Arabia summons the traveler in his armchair. Go now to Arabia, to Damascus, before it is too late. - Errol Trzebinski, author of Silence Will Speak Don Meredith chose a dozen well-known 20th-century writers and visited the locals central to their work. Noting changes and similarities to the landscapes they described, hes added personal impressions of their literary landscapes. His subjects range from Dylan Thomas Wales to T.E. Lawrence in Arabia, from Thomas Mann in Venice to Graham Greene in Vietnam, and C.P. Cavafy in Alexandria. The book must have been great fun to research and to write. John Ure, The Times Literary Supplement Fiction: Wing Walking and Other Stories, The Texas Review Press, 2000 Home Movies, Avon Books, 1982 Morning Line, Avon Books, 1980 ARTICLES & ESSAYS Salon.com: Sleeping with Elephants Poets & Writers: The House on Rue Lepsius, In Search of the Aly Baba Cafe, The Pagan Soul, Where the Tigers Were, Lake Filled with Light, The Only Mzungu Afoot, Honourable LionessThe Texas Review: Looking for Zerzura, Geography Manifest, The Fox: Dylan Thomas Wales, Looking for Sugar Street, T.E. Lawrence: A Dangerous Man, The Road to Missolonghi: The Death of Byron, The Painter and the Thief, Extravagant Silences: A Memoir, Field of Flowers: The immolation of Giordano Bruno The American Short Story Review: book reviews Modern Maturity: Matatu Safari Image: The Islamic Cairo of Naguib MahfouzThe San Francisco Examiner Sunday Travel: Journey to Siwa, Overland to Lamu, Ljubljana: Capital of a New NationTN [Travel News] [Nairobi]: Looking for Zerzura, Jaisalmer: Golden City; Cold Nights in the Hot Thar; Paris: Art in the SuburbsExecutive [Nairobi] Contributing Editor: Escape from Karnataka, Islomania: A Love of Islands, Long Walk to Attaviros, Perpignan: A Sentimental Journey, Likipia: The Road West, Tuskers by Moonlight, In Pursuit of Piero, Kor ula: Marko Polo Lives Here, Ljubljana: Capital of a New Nation, An American Kitchen-Builder in Lamu, An American in Saigon, Bali: From Bugbug to Bangbang and Back, An Inspired Experiment in Messing Up Exotic Cultures, Paradise: A Plane, Train, Automobile Ride Away, Lucky to be in Lamu, A Day at the Races, Pilgrims on the Ganges, The Fundis of Kisingitini, Looking for Sugar Street, Romney Marsh: The Fifth Quarter of the Globe, Naivasha: Escape to Grandeur, El Niño: Why Ali is Afraid, Kerala: A Communist Paradise, Looking for a Shadow PlaceEcoforum Magazine [Nairobi]: Captain Blighs Breadfruit Tree SHORT STORIES The Arabesques Review: The Sudden Disappearance of Adrian ThuleRosebud: African LaughterThe Greensboro Review: Wing WalkingThe Texas Review: Desert Music, Ferry from Kabatas, Comic Valentine, The Closer, The Greatcoat, Enemy in the Room, Senior Ong and the Aguirre Brotherhood, True Betrayal Kingfisher: The Recital Folio: At the Punishment Cliff for Women [Best Story] Slipstream: French Letters The American Short Story Review: Einsteins Bike ANTHOLOGIES: Sleeping with Elephants. McGraw-Hill, 2005 & 2007 Tales from Nowhere, Breakdown the African Way. Lonely Planet Publications, 2006 The Kindness of Strangers, Damascus by Teatime. Lonely Planet Publications, 2003 Salon.coms Wanderlust, Sleeping with Elephants. Random House/Villard, 2000Travelers Tales Greece, One of the Twelve. Travelers Tales Publications, 2000 Atalanta, Wannamaker. Papier Mache Press, 1984 SYNDICATION: Copely News Service WORKS IN PROGRESS: The Post Office War [novel] HONORARY LISTINGS Contemporary Authors Directory of Poets and Writers Directory of Distinguished Americans AWARDS Nomination for a Pulitzer Prize in Letters, 2001George Garrett Fiction Prize, 1999 Best Story Award, The American University, 1990National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Fiction, 1986 & 1988 Pushcart Prize Anthology Honorable Mention LANGUAGES English, Croatian, Italian, Swahili TRAVEL An American citizen born and raised in California, I have traveled in thirty-two countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Africa, and have lived for extended periods in Dalmatia, Tuscany, Kenya and Spain.
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