Upcoming Events


Monday, September 15 – “Shopping for Buddhas”

If you’ve never read Shopping for Buddhas…if you’ve never heard Jeff Greenwald give a reading…you can remedy both sins of omission in one go when Mr. Greenwald reads from his classic travel book on Nepal at Distant Lands.

Jeff Greenwald’s classic travelogue follows his quest for the perfect Buddha statue. At turns hilarious and moving, his quest features a cast of amazing characters – from a passionate palmist to a flying lama -who provide unforgettable glimpses into the daily life and culture of the former kingdom (including a wild ride on Kathmandu’s very first escalator). Greenwald doesn’t shy away from Shangri-la’s darker side. Along with colorful descriptions of Hindu and Buddhist mythology, the book tells of the rampant corruption, art smuggling, assassination attempts and human right abuses that would ignite Nepal’s violent People Power Revolution in April 1990. A new afterword by the author recounts Nepal’s tumultuous recent history – including the massacre of the royal family – in vivid detail. And a new preface introduces this 25th anniversary edition with some thoughts about how Nepal, and travel writing, have evolved since the book’s first publication. Shopping for Buddhas remains a must-read for anyone who has visited, or plans to visit, Nepal.

Dorsey Vanishing Tales

Monday, September 22 — Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails

James Michael Dorsey has spent the past 15 years documenting some of the most remote tribal cultures on the planet. Through his writing and photography, he has been introducing these vanishing ways of life to the larger world that otherwise might never have known they exist. You will meet many of them tonight.  This show is in conjunction with the publication of his new book “Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails.”

James is a foreign correspondent for Camerapix International and a staff contributor to Vagabundo magazine. He has written and photographed for Colliers, The Christian Science Monitor, The BBC, United Airlines, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, and the in- flight magazines of several African airlines. His photos have twice been chosen by Kodak International’s Photo of the Day, and are featured on numerous environmental websites. His work is available for download at SHUTTERSTOCK.COM. He has also appeared on National Public Radio’s “Weekend America.”

He is a former director of the Adventurers Club and a current Fellow of the Explorers Club.


Monday, October 6 – “The Hawaii Movie and Television Book”


Luis I. Reyes and Ed Rampell, co-authors of The Hawaii Movie and Television Book, (Mutual Pub., Honolulu 2014) will give a lively, informative and entertaining audio-visual lecture presentation on the exotic Hawaii Movie locations and how to access them while on vacation in Hawaii.


From Here to Eternity, South Pacific, Bird Of Paradise, Blue Hawaii, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pearl Harbor, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Fifty First Dates and The Descendants are just a few of the films spotlighted. For the TV fans, such programs as Hawaii Five-0 and its current reboot, Magnum PI, Lost, and the Mini-Series The Thorn Birds are included.


Every major Hollywood star from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to George Clooney and Johnny Depp has worked in Hawaii. Some of the most beautiful women to have ever graced the screen have been photographed against the magnificent island scenery including Dolores Del Rio, Rita Hayworth, Jane Russell, Deborah Kerr, Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lawrence. Visiting famous movie location sites has become a new trend in destination travel.


Luis I. Reyes is a nationally recognized Film Historian and Ed Rampell is a noted journalist who has travelled extensively throughout the Pacific and South East Asia, and whose travel articles have appeared in many major publications.


Copies of The Hawaii Movie and Television Book will be available for purchase at Distant Lands and the authors will sign upon request.


Wednesday, October 15 — “Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive”

Join us October 15th for a presentation by award-winning travel writer and photographer, Laurie McAndish King. She will be discussing her new collection of travel essays, “Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive,” reading from select stories and showing companion slides of these far-flung destinations—from Bali to Paris and Puglia to Madagascar. Humorous, poignant and vivid, don’t miss this entertaining evening!


King’s essays have aired on public radio and been published in Lonely Planet, Travelers’ Tales, Bay Area Travel Writers, and Wanderland Writers literary anthologies. Her story “Silk from Ashes”—about one determined woman, her bra, and 11,640 insect eggs—won a Lowell Thomas gold award for cultural tourism.


Wednesday, October 22 – Northern Caucasus

Travel with Bill Altaffer, “The World’s Most Traveled Person,” for a look at the fascinating and little-known region of the North Caucasus. From the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, traverse the rugged terrain and gain a glimpse of the variety of people and cultures that call this region home.