In this episode, travel writer Thomas Swick speaks with Dan Laskin about the art and craft of travel writing, the literary qualities that distinguish travel literature from journalism, and the ways that both planning and serendipity produce compelling travel stories. Swick is the author, most recently, of The Joys of Travel—And Stories that Illuminate Them, published by Skyhorse Publishing.
Thomas Swick is the author of the travel memoir Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland, and a collection of travel stories, A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler. His most recent book is The Joys of Travel—And Stories that Illuminate Them. For nearly two decades, Swick was the travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He has traveled to more than sixty countries, chronicling his experiences in work that has appeared in the American Scholar, North American Review, Oxford American, Missouri Review, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, New York Times Book Review, and six editions of The Best American Travel Writing. He lives with his wife, Hania, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
A former newspaper reporter and magazine writer, Dan Laskin worked for fifteen years at Kenyon College as a writer and editor, contributing articles and essays to the college’s award-winning alumni magazine and other publications. He continues to write for Kenyon as a freelance, while pursuing personal projects in fiction and essays.