Events

Events

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

Wide World Books & Maps
4411 Wallingford Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206-634-3453

Tuesday, April 14th, 7 pm – Hiking the Camino de Santiago with Sheri Goodwin

Local Trek Trainer SHERI GOODWIN will teach you everything you need to know to walk all 500 miles of the Camino.  Sheri, owner of Transformational Journeys, will teach you how to physically train so that you don’t just survive your journey, but THRIVE!  Sheri will inspire you with stories and photography of her own Camino journey, as well as teach you what to pack, when to go, routes and places to stay along the way.

Saturday, April 18th, 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, April 21, 7 pm – Burma’s Struggle for Democracy, Beyond the Spotlight with Erika Berg

Seattle resident Erika Berg has facilitated over 40 visual storytelling workshops with refugee youth along the borders of Burma. In her new book, Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma, 196 full-color visual stories with thought-provoking captions bridge language and cultural barriers that have shielded the outside world from haunting, humbling and awe-inspiring truths behind Burma’s decades-long civil war. Offering a unique child’s-eye view of the country’s ongoing human rights issues and struggle for a just and inclusive peace, the life stories in the book are a testament to the indomitable spirit of those forced to flee injustice in their native land and the transformational power of art. This timely, visually-arresting and deeply personal book honors the stories of refugees, stories of trauma, resilience, courage and irrepressible hope. Supported by the book’s “Bridging Divides” epilogue, “Ways to Help” appendix and dynamic website, the refugee youths’ powerful visual “voices” have opened hearts, built bridges of understanding and inspired action on behalf of human rights in Burma. For a preview of Forced to Flee, please visit the book’s dedicated website: www.burmavisionsforpeace.org 100% of the royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to youth leaders promoting peaceful coexistence in and along the borders of Burma, also known as Myanmar.

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 of Caravan-Serai Tours

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 – 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 (travel@speakeasy.net) 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!