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An Author’s Update from Rick Antonson
November 2020
In the spirit of my periodic updates, let me ramble a bit about where my writing is at.
Perhaps those of us writing full time are more easily adaptable to the isolation of these Covid-times; we’re used to a form of self-isolation. I’d add that Janice and I benefit from living in somewhat of a “bubble” at Predator Ridge in the Okanagan Valley, where we’ve had summer long access to walking the rail-trails and getting out and about (though with mask-wearing where necessary, of course).
Just out in paperback
Walking With Ghosts in Papua New Guinea
The hardcover, published in fall 2019, sold out so my US publisher, Skyhorse Publishing/New York reprinted, and then announced it would also appear in paperback. It came out last month, and I came across a copy at Mosaic Books in Kelowna last week. The hardcover and eBook versions continue to sell well, and as with my other titles, I continue to enjoy sales through Amazon, Chapters, Barnes & Noble, 32 Books, Mosaic Books and a lot of independents, particularly in Canada and US.
On the other hand…
Route 66 Still Kicks; Driving America’s Main Street is almost sold out of its fourth printing, which is encouraging. The publisher’s warehouse has five copies left in stock, and no word yet on a likely date for a reprint, although thankfully, the ebook and audio-book editions continue to be available. Happily, Route 66 Magazine still has inventory of the print version, and continues to feature a nice half-page advertisement in each quarterly issue, selling the book through their online bookstore.
Janice and I have had several great road trips around the province over the past few months, and visited many BC museums where we found copies of two books I’ve co-authored (with my brother, Brian, and friend, Mary Trainer) on prominent display: Slumach's Gold and Whistle Posts West
One of my forthcoming books has been postponed (due to the pandemic): Train Beyond the Mountains; Journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer sits at the ready, with a likely publication date now being 2022. It is going to be my favourite of the travel books, and here’s a tease:
“A captivating journey of memoir, history, and biography that takes the reader on one of the world's most famous trains and tells of carving the dramatic route it follows, while pondering other international railways through the eyes of travellers past and present.
Rick Antonson has ridden trains in 35 countries–but everything he thinks he knows about train travel changes when he boards the Rocky Mountaineer with his 10-year-old grandson, Riley.”
On talking about books and travel
I’ve been fortunate with many book interviews being broadcast in recent months, including with Rick Steves in the US, Amanda Kendle’s The Thoughtful Travel Podcast in Australia, Books and Travel in the UK, and Christine Goss’ Travel Nuggets Podcast.
I’m looking forward to an upcoming online event where I’ll join two fellow authors—Sam Thiara and Mike Schuach—for an evening discussion about adventure travel and books on Thursday, December 3rd. I hope you’ll join us – registration is free via Eventbrite
Now, about the recovery of tourism
I wrote an editorial for the Vancouver Sun this summer, positing “let’s talk about 2023,” with that being the first year that I believe international travel will return to what we once knew...
And to close
I continue writing full time (let me clarify: that means 30+ hours each week) and am having a go at fiction with two manuscripts advancing nicely—one is a mystery; one more humorous, related to a cabin in the woods... I’ll keep you posted on these as I soon need to approach an agent (or perhaps agents) for these new endeavours, and then find a publisher.
I hope to hear that all of you are well in these uncertain circumstances, and to see you on the round-a-bout and rebound.


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