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Michael Shapiro has biked through Cuba for the Washington Post, celebrated Holy Week in Guatemala for the Dallas Morning News, and floated down the Mekong River on a Laotian cargo barge for an online travel magazine. His work also appears in the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and several national magazines.
His new book, A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration (Travelers' Tales, September 2004) was excerpted by National Geographic Traveler. The book includes interviews with Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes, Paul Theroux, Peter Matthiessen, Tim Cahill, Jan Morris, Pico Iyer, Isabel Allende, Simon Winchester, and many others. Michael's essay, "The Longest Day" is included in The Best Travel Writing 2005.
Before turning to travel literature, Shapiro researched online travel and wrote three books about using the Net for travel, including Internet Travel Planner. His first book on Net-travel topics appeared in 1997 -- subsequent editions appeared in 2000 and 2002. In 1994, he helped develop the first Net directory, Global Network Navigator, created by O'Reilly & Associates. Shapiro spent a year working for CNET, an online tech-news site, before embarking on a freelance career.
The Society of American Travel Writers recognized Shapiro with a 1998 Lowell Thomas award in the "Travel News and Investigative Reporting" category for a story about frequent flier programs. Michael has appeared on national television networks including CNN and PBS, as well as on radio shows ranging from KGO's "On the Go" to KPFA's "Morning Show." He teaches annually at the Book Passage travel writers conference near San Francisco.
He lives in Sonoma County with his wife and cat, spending his free time cycling, river rafting, sea kayaking and rooting for the Giants at San Francisco's beautiful ballpark by the Bay.
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