The Joys of Travel: And Stories…
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1:30PM
Dixon Education Building


Author: Thomas Swick

Book: The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them

The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them” explores, through essays and stories, what Thomas Swick considers the seven fundamental pleasures of travel: anticipation, movement, break from routine, novelty, discovery, emotional connection, and heightened appreciation of home. The stories take readers from an anti-sex-tourism hotel in Bangkok to an anti-Mafia organization in Palermo; from an overnight train in Myanmar to an author tour in Iowa. It is a different kind of travel book, looking at why and how we travel.

In his talk, Thomas Swick will discuss each joy, weaving in ideas and anecdotes from his decades of wandering the globe. He will extoll the beauty of unsung places and reveal strategies all travelers can use to make their own trips more rewarding.

Book signing will follow.

Author Bio: Thomas Swick grew up in New Jersey and, after college, lived in France, Poland, and Greece, learning the languages of the first two countries. In 1989 he became the travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, a position he held until 2008. He is the author of a travel memoir, “Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland”; a collection of travel stories, “A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler”; and “The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them”. His work has appeared in The American Scholar, Oxford American, North American Review, Missouri Review, Southwest Review, Wilson Quarterly, Ploughshares, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Roads & Kingdoms, and The Best American Travel Writing 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2014.

Thomas Swick teaches an online travel writing course as part of the MFA program of Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He lives with his wife Hania in Fort Lauderdale, FL.


There is no charge to attend.

Reservations are not required.

Seating is limited to 75

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Featuring discussions with Florida authors, lectures are open to the public.   Discussions will be held in the Dixon Education Building during restoration of the King Library. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Florida Voices is generously supported by the Fred J. Brotherton Endowment for Literature of the Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation.

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