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

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

Tuesday, February 17th, 7 pmOutdoor Activities and Trips in Patagonia with Evelyn Salinas

Evelyn Salinas, a native of Punta Arenas, Chile, has been leading adventure trips through Chilean Patagonia for more than 9 ​years. After moving to Seattle, she founded Crux Expeditions, which offers unique trips where you can explore Patagonia and its abundant vistas and wildlife: glaciers, mountains, whales, penguins, and herds of guanacos.  Extend your travels and visit Machu Picchu or the Peruvian Amazon.  These excursions will inspire you to connect with nature, yourself, and your fellow adventurers, allowing you to more deeply value and learn from your surroundings. You will be accompanied at all times by experienced guides and do not need previous experience in order to enjoy kayaking, hiking on ice, horseback riding, or daylong trekking.  Evelyn will reveal Patagonian and Peruvian beauty through stunning photographs of the region.  During this presentation, you will discover Patagonia’s biodiversity and learn of the adventurous opportunities for you and your party!  Come and enjoy this beautiful presentation of a truly magical place.

Saturday, February 21st, 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, February 24th, 7 pm – Historical Bike Tour through Palatinate (South Western Part of Germany) and Alsace (France) with Ulrike Hoessle

Join us for a bike tour through the beautiful wine region of Palatinate and Alsace with its medieval castles surrounded by vast chestnut and beech forest.  Experience the history of this region, including its pursuit of freedom and democracy over the centuries, and learn how these events were closely linked to American history.  Thousands emigrated from this area to the US, where they supported democratic values, opposed slavery, and fought for improved labor laws.  The bike tour moves at a relaxed pace, with the option for experienced cyclists to ride on more mountainous trails.  Above all, we will enjoy the wine, food, and musical culture of this region.  Ulrike Hoessle, a Seattleite and native of Palatinate, will introduce Politische Radreisen, a tour company focusing on sustainable and educational bike tours, and describe the stages of this bike journey.

Monday, March 2nd, 3 pm – Author Reading and Signing:  Murder on the Champ de Mars with Author Cara Black

We’re so excited to again welcome author Cara Black to discuss Murder on the Champ de Mars, the 15th book in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series!  Her latest book takes readers to the seventh arrondissement—the quartier of Paris’s moneyed elite.  In Murder on the Champ de Mars, a young manouche (French-born Gypsy) boy begs Aimée Leduc to come visit his ailing mother, who supposedly knows a secret behind Aimée’s father’s unsolved murder. Aimée reluctantly agrees to meet with her, only to discover that deathly ill manouche woman has been abducted from the hospital bed, pitting Aimée against the clock to find the woman—and learn her secret—before she dies without her medication. In her signatory immersive style, Black does not disappoint with Murder on the Champ de Mars, an installment fans are already waiting for.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 7 pm – Taking the Big Break with Kathrin Spaccarelli

Take Your Children to the ‘School of Travel’ – For one year, Kathrin and her husband took an unconventional path as they set off to share their love of travel with their two boys (ages 6 and 10). They sold their home and headed off to visit 25 countries with nothing more than a backpack each. On the way, they volunteered at an elephant rescue camp, observed koalas in the wild, visited countless Unesco sites, and studied Italian in the countryside.  Come learn how they used “travel hacks” for free airfare and hotels, survived travel mishaps, kept up with homeschooling, and other travel tips for making that travel dream a reality.  Their website is

Saturday, March 7th, 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, March 10th, 7 pm – Nepal with Chris Mackay

Looking for more than your typical “where to trek in Nepal talk?” Come meet co-founder of Crooked Trails Chris Mackay as she shares stories of her decades-long work in Nepal. She will share more of the cultural side of Nepal with beautiful photographs. She can answer questions on treks and what to see and do as well.  Christine has dedicated her life to working and volunteering in environmental education, outdoor recreation, community development and eco-tourism. Her love of international travel and her concern about the negative effects of tourism on culture and environment led her to co-found Crooked Trails in 1998. Chris holds an MA in Natural Science Education and a BA in Geography and as well as a minor in Biology. Chris’s ability to engage and impassion her audience has led to speaking engagements at clubs, international conferences, bookstores, universities and schools.

Tuesday, March 17th, 7 pm – Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with Robert Henry

Recently featured in the book and movie WILD, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) stretches 2700 miles from the Mexican border near San Diego to the Canadian border near the North Cascades National Park.  In between, the trail winds along ridge tops, drops into valleys, goes through deserts, sky islands, glacier carved granite valleys and lava fields.  It passes through many life zones, 7 national parks and more than 20 wilderness areas.  Each year nearly 300 hikers complete the entire trail, spending between 3 to 6 months hiking.  In the summer of 2012, Robert Henry did the hike in 5 months, averaged 17 miles per day, wore out 7 pairs of shoes, resupplied 25 times, participated in the “linear community” of the trail, and enjoyed some of the best scenery in the United States.  Robert Henry is a Wallingford resident in his late 50s.  He grew up hiking and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada, but more recently has enjoyed bicycle touring, offshore sail boat racing, kayaking and canoeing, and now long distance hiking.