Marcia DeSanctis & Erin Byrne

Journalist, essayist, and author Marcia DeSanctis chronicles a good part of forty years of travel all over the world in her engaging new book, A Hard Place to Leave: Stories from a Restless Life (Traveler’s Tales). From a Moscow hotel in 1983 to somewhere out in West Texas in 2020, there is a lot of ground (and sky and sea) covered here. 

“These probing, achingly beautiful essays form an indelible portrait of a life. Who is this woman with her many, at times contradictory, facets? She is an adventurer, journalist, wife, mother, daughter, her world set spinning by the brilliance of her mind, the tenacity of her love for her family, and the intensity of her longing to be anywhere but here. Through the very act of interrogating her own restlessness, Marcia DeSanctis provides us with a tantalizing window into a rich and singular world.” —Dani Shapiro

Marcia DeSanctis’s A Hard Place to Leave is perfumed with lush, luminous language as she sweeps us all across the globe. From Moscow to Cape Town, quiet New England to Sweden, these tender portraits grow on us like a spring garden.” —Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Erin Byrne is the author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper film.

Presented live and in-person by Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum. Elliott Bay will be on hand with copies of A Hard Place to Leave for sale.





A Hard Place to Leave: Stories from a Restless Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609522063
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Travelers' Tales - May 3rd, 2022

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
93 Pike St, #307
Seattle, WA 98101
Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 7:00pm
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