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

Wide World Books & Maps
4411 Wallingford Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

Informational and informal. Bring your coffee, bring a friend.


Tuesday, April 22nd, 7 pm Southern Africa: Dunes to Delta with Marta Rabins

Get off the beaten path with Marta Rabins, of Ponte Travels for a tour of Namibia—Africa’s least populous country, the Okavanga Delta of Botswana, Victoria Falls, and South Africa’s favorite city – Cape Town and the nearby Winelands. Learn about the desert-adapted wildlife, the San and Himba tribes and view the world’s tallest sand dunes in Namibia. In the spectacular Okavanga Delta of Botswana, get up close and personal with the wildlife at fly-in safari camps; and visit the mighty Zambezi River and Victoria Falls from both Zambia and Zimbabwe. In Cape Town we’ll walk the Freedom Trail to learn more about life in the post-Apartheid era.


Tuesday, April 29th, 7 pm – Cruising Tierra Del Fuego and Strait of Magellan in Chile with Evelyn Salinas

Join Crux Expeditions founder Evelyn Salinas to learn about their upcoming cruises to one of the most fascinating and isolated parts of the world.  This unique and exclusive expedition covers remote areas of Tierra Del Fuego and Strait of Magellan in Chile, which haven’t changed much since they were discovered by Americo Vespucio and Ferdinand Magellan, and later studied by Charles Darwin. We will explore amazing places that few people have ever seen, including pure wilderness areas that are habitats for a variety of plants and animals.  


Saturday, May 3rd9 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.


Kerala_IndiaTuesday, May 6th, 7 pm – South India Coast to Coast with Pam Perry

From earth to sky, markets to mangroves, temples to beaches, South India soothes with a scintillating mix of elevations and experiences. Let Pam Perry of Grand Asian Journeys lead you on a visual expedition of the roads less traveled in India. She’ll lead you coast to coast to sample Tamil
Nadu’s rich history and artisan culture, and Kerala’s lush jungles and beckoning backwaters. Experience Indian family life and learn the intricacies of South Indian cuisine. Search for elephants and Bengal tigers high in the misty mountains, and sample cinnamon bark from the tree. South
India has it all!


Tuesday, May 13th, 7 pm Northern India, the Lands of Kings with Marta Rabins

Get inspired by colorful Rajasthan, modern-day home of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, where highlights include Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and the desert Kingdom of Jaisalmer.  This is a culturally diverse and historically rich area of palaces, hill top forts, temples and mosques where village life goes on much as it has for centuries. Join Marta Rabins of Ponte Travels on a journey that starts in Delhi, India’s bustling capital and includes the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset.


Tuesday, May 20th, 7 pmSlides & 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!