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 26th, 7 pm – Rome Beyond the Basics with Don De Santis

Think you know Rome?  Learn more about the culture and heritage of this great city by touring its monuments, churches and sights.  Hear about the fascinating individuals who have shaped not only Rome, but our modern world as well.  Don is a frequent traveler to Europe, including a dozen trips to Rome. His paternal grandparents were immigrants from Abruzzo, a region just east of Rome, and his passion for travel and history became evident as an elementary-school student, when he could be found poring over Roman history books at the local library. Don has led tours, presented at Rick Steves’ Europe, been a college instructor, and been heard many times on local radio.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 7 pm – Gardens of Awe and Folly with Author Vivian Swift

Vivian Swift is NOT a gardener, so her most recent book, Gardens of Awe and Folly, contains practically no useful information about planting, weeding, or pruning. Instead, Vivian takes her readers on a quirky and lusciously illustrated journey to 9 thought-provoking “garden experiences” around the world: Paris, Marrakech, Key West, New Orleans, London, Rio, Edinburgh, etc. (The “etc” is Long Island, where she lives.)  Vivian’s collection of pleasure gardens provides the basis for her hilarious and insightful gardening “tips” on how to cultivate the meaning of life.  Join her for a fun and wide ranging discussion on the highs and lows of travel, gardening, and living the creative life.

Vivian Swift is a freelance writer and former Faberge expert at Christie’s Inc. This is her third illustrated travel memoir. Her previous books earned the praise of Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love) who says, “J’adore Vivian Swift — my favorite traveler writer!” and Nancy Pearl: “I probably cannot adequately convey how much I absolutely loved reading When Wanderers Cease to Roam . . . It’s charming, delightful and captivating.

 Thursday, May 5th, 6:30-7:30 – Volunteering in Nepal to Rebuild with Chris Mackay

(Note:  This is a special presentation by Crooked Trails, sponsored by Wide World Books.  The event is being held at Works Progress, 115 N. 85th St, Ste 202, Seattle.) 

It’s been a year since the devastating earthquakes that stuck Nepal. Crooked Trails has been very active in bringing relief and re-building efforts. Want to help? Come to this slide show and talk by Executive Director Chris Mackay, who will discuss rebuilding efforts and volunteer treks and tours happening this fall. Wide World Books will be there selling Nepal travel guides and maps.

Saturday, May 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, May 10th, 7 pm – Kilimanjaro and Tanzania with Jacob Oscar

Learn how to prepare and train yourself physically, emotionally and mentally for Kilimanjaro with licensed guide Jacob Oscar.  Jacob will talk about pre-acclimatization, the best times to visit the region for safari and trekking, how to select a right Kilimanjaro route for yourself, and estimated costs.  He’ll also discuss other adventures you can experience in Zanzibar and Tanzania, such as horseback riding, mountain biking, and safaris.  Originally from Tanzania, Jacob has been guiding there for six years.

Tuesday, May 17th, 7 pm – Guatemala and Southern Mexico with Louise Wisechild

Louise Wisechild, founder of Bright Future Global Tours is a Pacific NW native who has been living as an expat in Guatemala since 2011.  Her small group, community-based tour business involves cultural and participatory tours to sites such as the Mayan Giant Kites of Sumpango, the Flower Carpets of Holy week at Lake Atitlan, Oaxaca for the Blessing of the Animals, and San Cristóbal de las Casas for the Virgin of Guadalupe. An extreme enthusiast for Guatemala and Mexico, Louise is a published author and write articles about Guatemala and Latin America.  Join Louise as she shares stories and  photos of Guatemala and Mexico.

Saturday, May 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, May 24th, 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!