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Paul Theroux Coming to Milwaukee

Dark Star SafariSunday night, a headline in the arts & entertainment section of our local paper that caught my eye: "Theroux on a long journey of discovery." I thought "hey, could that be Paul Theroux, the travel writer?" Well, sure enough, it was about him — he's coming to Milwaukee on April 15th, just 10 days from now. Cool!

In case you're wondering why this is such great news, Paul Theroux, happens to be one of my favorite authors. I've written about his work previously, if you're curious to see a more detailed review. I especially enjoy Theroux's style of travel writing, for his vivid descriptions of places and people, his troubles (which would be tempting to hide) and his funny, often brutal honesty.

I find his writing draws me into the story, making me feel as though I'm along for the ride. Theroux is often self-critical too, which provides an authenticity, because this is also the kind if travel information that's tempting to hide.

I've not yet read every Theroux travel book — specifically Happy Isles of Oceania and his latest, Dark Star Safari : Overland from Cairo to Cape Town. However, I have read many of his travel books, including The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, Riding the Iron Rooster, Pillars of Hercules, The Kingdom by the Sea and Fresh Air Fiend. Each one was unique, yet follows the same Theroux style I enjoy.

It would be interesting to meet Paul at this book signing, assuming it's not a packed house at Harry W. Schwartz Books. It'd be great fun to have his latest book signed and maybe talk for a few minutes with Theroux about his work. Should I ask his advice for an aspiring writer? I'd like to. We'll see how much time I have for that. I'm planning to attend the free event, so I'll be sure to report back on the 16th how things go.

Anyway, this is probably only interesting to me, but hey, it was a chance to promote Theroux's writing, which is in my opinion, very good reading. Hopefully this post will encourage a few readers to check out one of Theroux's books at the library, or at the bookstore. If you like travel, I think you'll really enjoy Theroux's work.

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