Friday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Whether you hunger to wander the forgotten, wild or just plain improbable regions of the earth or prefer to hear about them from the comfort of a chair, Tom Lutz is your man. In Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World: Wandering the Globe From Azerbaijan to Zanzibar, this author of two previous nuanced and intriguing bestsellers not only takes us down unbeaten paths but sounds the urge that compels him to set out. Hitch a ride with him on Friday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m. Reading with signing to follow.
In this portmanteau of traveler’s tales, we accompany Tom Lutz, self-declared travel addict, as he drives beyond the blacktop in Morocco, to the Saharan dunes on the Algerian border, and east of Ankara into Hittite ruins. We ride alongside as he hitches across Uzbekistan and the high mountain passes of Kyrgyzstan into western China. We disappear with him into the disputed areas of the Ukraine and Moldova. We follow his footsteps through the swamps of Sri Lanka, the wilds of Azerbaijan, the casinos of Tanzania, the peasant hinterlands of Albania, and the center of Swaziland, where we join him in watching the king pick his next wife. All along the way, we witness his perplexity in trying to understand a compulsion to keep moving, ever onward, to the ends of the earth.
“Move over Pico Iyer: Tom Lutz has returned to town with an irresistible book of true stories about accidental intimacies in unexpected places. His encounters on the road, described in gorgeous prose, are brief but intense. Lighting out for the territories has never seemed so enthralling.” —Jon Wiener
Tom Lutz is the founding editor of Los Angeles Review of Books and the author of NY Times bestselling books Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears and Doing Nothing: History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums in America, among other books. He is a professor of creative writing at UC Riverside.