World Hum Writers Honored in ‘The Best American Travel Writing 2010’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  09.28.10 | 1:07 PM ET

The latest edition of The Best American Travel Writing, edited this time by Granta founder Bill Buford, lands in bookstores today. Four World Hum stories were included in the notable selections: On the Perils of Travel Writing, by David Farley; Where no Travel Writer has Gone Before, by Rolf Potts; and Cycling India’s Wildest Highway and Face-off on the Congo, both by Jeffrey Tayler.

Several World Hum contributors, writing elsewhere, were also honored in this year’s collection: Tom Bissell and Peter Hessler had stories included, while Leigh Ann Henion, Pico Iyer, Tony Perrottet, Emily Stone and Christopher Vourlias were among the notable selections. Congrats, all.


Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.


5 Comments for World Hum Writers Honored in ‘The Best American Travel Writing 2010’

Northern Cyprus Flights 09.28.10 | 2:20 PM ET

Writing, whether for an essay, a business letter, a research paper, a fictional story, a newspaper article, or anything else, can be a daunting task.

Veronica Stoddart 09.29.10 | 12:43 PM ET

Congrats to all the World Hum writers!  But thumbs down to the book’s editor, who chose exactly one piece by a woman, out of 20 overall.  Shameful.

Eva Holland 09.29.10 | 12:52 PM ET

I noticed that too, Veronica - and that less than 15 of the 50+ notables were women, as well. I don’t remember such a large gap in past years, so I’m certainly willing to give them the benefit of the doubt (since they’ve clearly been up for including female writers before), but I’d love to hear a comment on the difference this year.

Cheryl Strayed 10.26.10 | 12:31 PM ET

Wonderful to see World Hum writers getting acknowledgment. Congrats! The 1-20 gender ratio in the book and the 15-50+ notables is appalling.

Suzanne Paola (S Antonetta) 10.26.10 | 1:09 PM ET

Disgraceful numbers, good as what is there is, no doubt. I have shared with several VIDA people the story of my own institution, which gives an annual award for best research/creative endeavor on the part of the faculty member. Though we have about half women faculty, in 28 years the award has only gone to 3 women. No one but me has ever complained about this number. (& we have a lot of amazing women!). Let’s not be nice about this kind of thing!

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