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The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 (2013)
Edited by Asha Veal Brisebois

 

 

 

 

 

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THE PLACES WE’VE BEEN: FIELD REPORTS FROM TRAVELERS UNDER 35

Edited by Asha Veal Brisebois

List price $17.95 U.S. - AVAILABLE NOW
PAPERBACK VERSION (e-book version now available too! $9.99)
ISBN: 978-0-9890389-0-4
Publication Date: 07/29/2013
6 x 9 Perfect-Bound Paperback
400 Pages
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TODAY, YOUNG PEOPLE are traveling to countries such as South Sudan to work in water treatment, and Vietnam to shoot documentaries about healing after war. They are joining in to perform air guitar at festivals in Finland, and listening intently from within the audience at community film screenings in Rwanda.

The challenge of today is not just “where do I fit in one small place,” but identity and interaction throughout the world.

The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 offers a peer-written collection of 48 vivid and transportive, personal and original nonfiction pieces that portray contemporary snapshots across the globe.

 

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CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE: 

Theopi Skarlatos, journalist with the BBC
Daniel Ketchum, editor at Marvel Comics
Derek Helwig, twelve-season producer on The Amazing Race
Vanessa Mdee, MTV Base VJ and HIV/AIDS activist
Andrew Bisharat, editor-at-large for Rock and Ice
Kaitlin Solimine, co-founder of HIPPO Reads
Yuki Aizawa, 2007-2008 facilitator at StoryCorps
Lisa Dazols, of Out & Around
Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard, 2012 Air Guitar World Champion
and many more

including writers and adventurers, whose publication histories include: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Vogue India, San Francisco Chronicle, Condé Nast Traveler, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Lonely Planet, Velvet Park, Crab Orchard Review, Arts & Letters, Abu Dhabi Film Festival Magazine, and others.

and whose backgrounds include awards and recognition from the: National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, U.S. Department of State Fulbright Creative Arts Fellows, Hedgebrook Writing Residency, Illinois Arts Council, and more.

within the book’s wide roster, you’ll hear from such a wide range of storytellers, the likes of: a sailor and glaciologist from Scotland, Brooklyn musician, Tanzanian television host, Dubai-based journalist, and a Montreal aerospace medicine enthusiast, plus rural school teachers, a fearless rock climber, five-country midwife, and so many more.

About the editor: Asha Veal Brisebois is the founder of The Places We’ve Been books. She was the editor for Apsaalooke: Art and Tradition, a catalogue and oral history project which resides in private and public collections including the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Featuring Stories By:
(full bios available here)

Adam Karlin
Alison Medina
Andrew Bisharat
Brenna Fitzgerald
Carys Cragg
Cecilia Haynes
Chaney Kwak
Christian Lewis
Colin Souness
Craig Smith
Daniel Ketchum
Derek Helwig
Doc Halliday Golden
E. B. Bartels
Edward C. Davis IV
Frank Izaguirre
Haroon Moghul
Ian Bardenstein
Jessica Reff
Joey Cavise
“Nordic Thunder”
Kaitlin Solimine
Kim Coleman Foote
Laine Strutton
Laura Drudi
Laura Madeline Wiseman
Lindsey Laveaux
Lisa Dazols
Lisa Hsia
Liz Quinn
Louis Stanfill
Mari Amend
Mark Bessen
Mike Madej
Molly Headley-Benkaci
Nathan Myers
Nick Dall
Pria Anand
Rachael Levitt
Rhonda Gibson
S. Imran Ali
Sara Cooper
Sarah Khan
Sierra Ross Gladfelter
Sophie Chamas
Theopi Skarlatos
Vanessa Mdee
Yuki Aizawa

cover illustration: Mikael Nybom
full cover and interior design: Jana Vukovic and Jason Wong
additional editorial support: Ravenn Moore, Libby Sentz, and Brian McGovern
photo credit: Isabelle Bouthillier, of Montreal QC; Mali 2010, photo by Melanie Sauriol

YOUNG ADULT

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COLLABORATE

In addition to publishing books and full-length work, The Places We've Been books is proud to feature short work by emerging writers and artists whose themes and experimentation reflect our mission statement. Contact stories[at]theplaces35.com to inquire about being featured, or collaborating on a future project. Visit our About page to learn more about the process for accepting manuscript submissions.

Past features include:

Writer & Artist LISA HSIA

AUTHOR PANEL /

The Places We've Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Chicago Cultural Centerhicago, IL

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Full contributor bios and event program available here: http://bit.ly/1tzIakx
R.S.V.P. at Illinois Humanities Council page: https://go.prairie.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=487

 

WHO: featuring MARVEL comics editor Daniel Ketchum; National Endowment for the Arts 2014 Literature Fellow Kim Coleman Foote; BBC journalist and “Love in the Time of Crisis” filmmaker Theopi Skarlatos; television producer for shows including The Amazing Race, Derek Helwig; award-winning poet Laura Madeline Wiseman; artist Lisa Hsia; and native Chicagoans Edward C. Davis IV, professor and social science Chair at Malcolm X College, and Joseph Cavise, public interest attorney. Mariam Sobh of Chicago’s WBEZ will moderate. Full program description and panelist bios available here

WHAT: a panel discussion that will for the first time unite several of the contributing writers from the recently released literary anthology The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 in one place, discussing their own stories in the book, and what it's like to "report" through creative arts of many different forms.
the panel is part of a series of free, educational, public humanities events co-sponsored by IHC and its Collaborative City series; selected under the theme of Bridging Cultures—projects intended to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.

WHEN: Monday September 8, 2014; 6pm to 8pm

WHERE: Chicago Cultural Center – Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E Washington St, 2nd Floor Chicago, IL (312) 744-6630
take CTA Red Line to Lake Street; Green/Brown/Orange/Purple/Pink Lines to Randolph/Wabash

COST: free to all; R.S.V.P. at Illinois Humanities Council page: https://go.prairie.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=487

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PARTICIPATING PANELISTS FOR SEPTEMBER 8
- Daniel Ketchum,
story title: Fandom International – United States and Spain
talks about what it’s like to be an editor for MARVEL and his reception as part of the cross-cultural and international comics community
(from New York, NY)

- Theopi Skarlatos,
Fading Memories – Athens, Greece
a journalist with the BBC who talks about the current rise of the anti-immigrant Golden Dawn party in Greece, her family's changing homeland, and her new documentary “Love in the Time of Crisis”
(London, England)

- Lisa Hsia,
Six Months Without a Map – Canada, Scotland, Iceland, and Turkey
a visual artist, who tells of a fascinating case of mistaken identity in Iceland, and ponders an array of strangers' perceptions of her own identity while abroad
(Oakland, CA)

- Joey Cavise,
…By the Time I Went to Study in Italy… – Florence, Italy
who recalls a wide political awakening while living on his own in Italy—during 2003 invasion of Iraq; an experience of street protests and being hit by tear gas, and meeting the Madonna of Collateral Damage
(Chicago, IL)

- Kim Coleman Foote,
The Slave Route – Ghana
was a 2002/2003 Fulbright Fellow in Ghana, where she conducted research for a novel; she is a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Awardee
(New York, NY)

- Edward C. Davis,
Kabila: The First Family of the DRC – Kinshasa, DRC
is a college professor and native of Chicago; he speaks five languages, was a Gates Cambridge scholar, and previously taught at the American School of Congo
(Chicago, IL)

- Derek Helwig,
The Land of a Thousand Hills – Rwanda
is a television producer of 12 seasons of The Amazing Race, producing in more than 30 countries; he’s studied media’s role in healing after the Rwanda genocide
(Long Beach, CA)

- Laura Madeline Wiseman,
How to be a Russian Sleeper for U.S. – Russia
multi award-winning poet and author, and professor at University of Nebraska, who takes a top-secret and classified tour through Russia
(Lincoln, NE)

- Mariam Sobh,
special guest moderator
is a reporter and midday anchor at public radio station WBEZ; she is the founder of popular lifestyle blog HijabTrendz.com, and a graduate of the Conservatory at the Second City Training Center
(Chicago, IL)

Co-Sponsors
The Places We’ve Been books
In 2011, Asha Veal Brisebois founded a small, independent publishing company called The Places We’ve Been books. She started this publishing effort largely because of wanting to develop and promote literary projects that portray the diverse experiences of human existence. A multicultural canon of literature and art is at the core of the mission. The first completed project, The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35, is an international anthology of 48 contributing writers. Beyond indie, the book was recently acquired as a college-level supplemental text in cultural anthropology and Africana studies by a professor at a campus of Chicago Community Colleges. Additional titles in YA fiction, literary fiction, and literary nonfiction are in development for release.
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The Illinois Humanities Council
The Illinois Humanities Council’s programs: broaden public involvement in civic dialogue, deepen the quality of community conversation and reflection, increase public access to the humanities by lowering barriers to participation, and bring humanities activities to unexpected places. From small discussion groups in neighborhood coffee shops, to lectures and performances at cultural venues, to reading and reflection seminars in public spaces across the state, IHC is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973, the IHC is now an independent nonprofit organization.
http://www.prairie.org/ 

WRITER & ARTIST: LISA HSIA

Check out these sketches and photos by Lisa Hsia of San Jose, CA, world traveler and contributing writer to The Places We've Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35.

All artwork is original and owned by Lisa. Copyright protected and no use without permission.

View on Princes St, Edinburgh

View on Princes St, Edinburgh

Downtown Reykjavik

Downtown Reykjavik

Jazz festivalgoers, Reykjavik

Jazz festivalgoers, Reykjavik

New Mosque (Yeni Cami), Istanbul

New Mosque (Yeni Cami), Istanbul

View from Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

View from Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

Old Harbor, Reykjavik

Old Harbor, Reykjavik

 

 

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 A FEW BOOKSELLERS WHERE YOU CAN FIND
THE PLACES WE'VE BEEN: FIELD REPORTS FROM TRAVELERS UNDER 35, AND OUR UPCOMING TITLES:

Online: Amazon, Alibris, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Chapters Indigo, Ingram, Kobo, Quimby's, Waterstones

In store: Quimby's Bookstore, Chicago; St. Mark's Bookshop, NYC
and at most online booksellers serving the U.S. and abroad, and by order through your local bookstore (e-book version available through Amazon and Kobo)

Distributors (volume): Ingram, Baker & Taylor, NACSCORP, Espresso Book Machine (U.S. and Canada; contact info[at]theplaces35.com for full U.K. list)

ABOUT

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The Places We've Been books 

In 2011, Asha Veal Brisebois founded an independent publishing company called The Places We’ve Been books. She started this publishing effort largely because of wanting to develop and promote literary projects that portray the diverse experiences of human existence. A multicultural canon of literature and art is at the core of the mission. The first completed project, The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35, is an international anthology of 48 contributing writers. Beyond indie, the book was recently acquired as a college-level supplemental text in cultural anthropology and Africana studies by a professor at a campus of Chicago Community Colleges.

The Places We've Been book's writers and collaborators have been based in cities and countries including the United States, Scotland, London, Greece, Tanzania, Jordan, Dubai, Lebanon, Brazil, Paraguay, Montreal, Vancouver, South Sudan, Hong Kong, South Africa, Paris, China, and many more.

In 2014, The Places We’ve Been books, was selected for a co-sponsorship event with the Illinois Humanities Council at the Chicago Cultural Center, a historic building in the heart of downtown. The book was selected by the IHC to co-host this event under the theme of Bridging Cultures—projects intended to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.

This same year, The Places We’ve Been books is set to begin a local and virtual "book club tour" using Google hangouts and featuring several of the contributing writers, and collaborating with groups from the London office of MSF/Doctors without Borders, the University of Washington - Seattle, others based in New York and Singapore, and a list that’s still growing.

In June 2012, The Places We’ve Been books was noted as a “Fresh Local Startup” by Crain’s Chicago Business.

In its first week of release, the Field Reports book reached the #2 spot on Amazon.com's ranking of “Hot New Releases – Travel Writing and Travelogues” and the #1 spot on their ranking of “Hot New Releases – Travel Writing Reference.”

Additional titles in YA fiction, literary fiction, and literary nonfiction are in development for release.

 

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A few booksellers where you can find

The Places We've Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35, and our upcoming titles

Online: Amazon, Alibris, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Chapters Indigo, Ingram, Kobo, Quimby's, Waterstones

In store: Quimby's Bookstore, Chicago; St. Mark's Bookshop, NYC

(e-book version available through Amazon and Kobo)

Distributors (volume): Ingram, Baker & Taylor, NACSCORP, Espresso Book Machine (U.S. and Canada; contact info[at]theplaces35.com for full U.K. list)

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WHAT'S YOUR SUBMISSIONS POLICY?
The Places We’ve Been books seeks to work with varied and ambitious new writers to develop and publish, promote, and distribute unique work. Specific areas of interest are literary nonfiction, oral history projects, literary fiction, and select young adult literature. Our reading period is the same every year: from January through June. Please send a brief summary, word count, and  bio to: stories[at]theplaces35.com. We will reply if we are able to review your full manuscript.

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No, you do not need an agent to submit. Unfortunately, we are not able to review partial manuscripts so please be prepared with at least a full finished draft.

WHAT ABOUT PAPER?
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