Tanya Shaffer: Writer, Performer, Traveler
"Here's what I love about travel: Strangers get a chance to amaze you. Sometimes a single day can bring a blooming surprise, a simple kindness that opens a chink in the brittle shell of your heart and makes you a different person when you go to sleep-more tender, less jaded-than you were when you woke up."
- "Looking for Abdelati"
The collections below all include Tanya's work. Her story "Looking for Abdelati" (which is also, in an expanded form, the first chapter of her book Somebody's Heart is Burning) has become her "hit single," appearing in seven English language anthologies to date. It has also been translated into Italian and read on Australian National Radio.
Best of Lonely Planet Travel Writing (Lonely Planet)
Editor: Tony Wheeler
Notes: I was honored to be included in this collection edited by legendary Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler, alongside travel greats like Tim Cahill, Jan Morris, and Pico Ayer.
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The Autobiographer's Handbook: The 826 National Guide to Writing Your Memoir (Holt)
Editor: Jennifer Traig
Notes: This book is actually not an anthology, but a roundtable discussion by various authors on a wide range of themes related to the writing of memoirs. I was one of the writers interviewed and am quoted extensively throughout. Recommended for anyone interested in writing tales from their own life or curious about the processes different writers use to shape those stories.
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The May Queen: Women on Life, Love, Work, and Pulling It All Together in Your 30s (Tarcher)
Editor: Andrea N. Richesin
Tanya's Story: "Of Sweethearts and Sperm Banks"
Notes: This book is a great read - it's full of smart women writers with fresh, funny voices. I have to admit it's one of the few anthologies I've actually read cover to cover. Check it out!
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Best Travel Writing 2007: True Stories from Around the World (Travelers' Tales)
Editors: James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger, Sean O'Reilly
Tanya's Story: "The Girl Who Drank Petrol"
Notes: I love Travelers' Tales. It's a small publishing house run by kind, generous people who are passionate about both travel and books. They put great care into everything they do, and it shows.
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Best Women's Travel Writing 2007: True Stories from Around the World (Travelers' Tales)
Editor: Lucy MaCauley
Tanya's Story: "Sand Angel"
Notes: See above re: Travelersí Tales!
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Africa par Adventure: Over 100 Tales, Insights and Observations of the Inconceivable... (Authorhouse)
Editor: Peter Ward
Tanya's Stories: "She Kept Dancing," "Looking for Abdelati," "The Boy Was Like This"
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The Kindness of Strangers (Lonely Planet Publications)
Editor: Don George
Tanya's Story: "Looking for Abdelati"
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Salon.com's Wanderlust: Real-Life Tales of Adventure and Romance (Villard)
Editor: Don George
Tanya's Story: "Looking for Abdelati"
Notes: This wonderful collection of stories from Salon.com's defunct and sorely missed Wanderlust section appears, sadly, to be out of print. It is, however, available in a Kindle edition.
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Morocco: The Collected Traveler: An Inspired Anthology and Travel Resource (Three Rivers Press)
Editor: Barrie Kerper
Tanya's Story: "Looking for Abdelati"
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A Woman's Passion for Travel: True Stories of World Wanderlust (Travelers' Tales)
Editors: Marybeth Bond, Pamela Michael
Tanya's Story: "Looking for Abdelati"
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Chicken Soup for the Traveler's Soul (HCI)
Editors: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor, Hansen, Steve Zikman
Tanya's Story: "Looking for Abdelati"
Notes: In typical "Chicken Soup" fashion, this book contains an extremely truncated, sound bite-ish version of my story "Looking for Abdelati," a story I've come to think of as my "hit single" (you'll soon see why)!
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365 Travel: : A Daily Book of Journeys, Meditations, and Adventures (Travelers' Tales)
Editor: Lisa Bach
Notes: This is a collection of inspiring, thought-provoking quotations about travel. It contains a quote from one of my stories - can you guess which one?
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