Free in-store events at our store in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood:

Wide World Books & Maps
4411 Wallingford Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Tuesday, April 28th, 7 pm – Hiking the Shikoku Trail in Japan with Author Paul Barach

A 750-mile pilgrimage, an unprepared office worker, and everything that went wrong along the way.  Age twenty-eight and fed up with the office job he settled for, Paul Barach decided to travel to Japan to follow a vision he had in college: to walk the ancient 750-mile Shikoku pilgrimage trail.  Before leaving, he did not:  learn Japanese, do any research, road test his hiking shoes, or check if it was forecasted to be the hottest summer in history.  Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains tells the absurd and dramatic journey of his search for answers on a holy path in an exotic land. Along the pathway connecting 88 Buddhist temples, he faces arduous mountain climbs, hides from guards in a toilet stall, challenges a priest to a mountaintop karate battle, and has other misadventures. He also delves into the fascinating legends of this ancient land, including a dragon-fighting holy man, a berserker warrior-priest, and a vendetta-driven ghost who overthrew a dynasty. Told with humor and humility, Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains is a funny, engaging memoir about the consequences of impulsive decisions, and the things you can discover while you’re looking for something else.

Saturday, May 2nd, 9 am - Solo Travelers

This informal gathering is for travelers who meet and learn from each other’s travel experiences and share wisdom learned on the road.  This group meets each month on the 1st Saturday.

Tuesday, May 5th, 7 pm – Egypt with Maha Sarhan

If you, like so many others, dream of seeing the real land of the pharaohs, there has never been a better time.  Despite unrest in parts of Egypt, tourism is encouraged and welcomed by the government and the people.  Most of the major sites of Egypt, such as the Pyramids, the Sphinx, the National Museum of Antiquities, Nile River cruises, and the Valley of the Kings, are peaceful and accessible.  Join Maha, who just returned from Egypt, to learn how safe and easy it is to travel to Egypt.  She will describe a few upcoming tours offered by Caravan-Serai tours, as well as answer your questions about traveling in Egypt.

Tuesday, May 12th, 7 pm – Sri Lanka with Marta Rabins

For a small island, Sri Lanka has a big history as the world’s oldest Theravada Buddhist country. It’s a magical land of spices, gemstones and dramatic temples that’s home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites—several of them the former capitals of Sinhalese Kings. Join Marta Rabins of Ponte Travels and explore its cultural riches, view its wildlife and ecosystems—from coastal wetlands to tropical rainforest and high-altitude cloud forest.

Saturday, May 16th, 9 am Gutsy Women

This informal gathering is for women to meet and learn from each other’s travel experiences and share wisdom learned on the road. Bring your coffee and your questions! This group meets each month on the 3rd Saturday.

Tuesday, May 19th, 7 pm – Discovering Cuba with Tod O’Driscoll

Seattle based Photojournalist Tod O’Driscoll will take you back in time as you see his stunning images and hear him talk about the unforgettable people and places that make Cuba a land of contrasts and contradictions.  Tod will also discuss the ways in which Cuba is changing, and will show images made in Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Vinales.  Tod will also share details about the photo-tour of Cuba he’ll be leading in November 2015. 

Tuesday, May 26th, 7 pm – Slides and Tell

We wrap up our events for the year with the annual “Slides & Tell”, where YOU get to be the star of the show. We invite customers to bring in 5-10 slides or digital images in a projectable format and the story that goes with them.  We provide the laptop and digital projector (or traditional slide projector), so bring your images on a flash drive or DVD.  Just call (206-634-3453) or send an email ( to help us know how many stories to plan for and where you’ll be taking us.  Even if you’re not presenting, please come be part of the fun!