Featured in Shelf Awareness for Readers, December 18, 2020

CRAFT: Authors in Conversation with Denise Kiernan, October 2020

Shannon joined Denise Kiernan, the author of The Girls of Atomic City, The Last Castle, and We Gather Together, on October 21, 2020, for some armchair adventuring and travel talk. During the chat, which was part of Denise’s weekly web series, CRAFT: Authors in Conversation, we discussed writing while on the road, the most atmospheric literary locale, selling nearly all of your belongings to travel full-time, and much more, including the subject of my next book (hint: it features a famous historical figure and an incredible journey). The conversation is archived and can be seen here.

A Conversation with Denise Kiernan via Magic City Books, November 2020

Shannon met up with Denise on her virtual tour for her new book, We Gather Together, to interview her during a conversation hosted by Magic City Books in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on November 18, 2020. We discussed the inspiration for We Gather Together, which unfolds the intriguing story behind the creation of Thanksgiving as a national holiday in the U.S., the fascinating and accomplished woman largely responsible for the holiday’s formalization, why gratitude is good for physical and mental health, and what Denise uncovered during the research process that surprised her. Click here to watch the event.

Frommers’ Travel Show
Shannon talked literary travel with Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran, editor-in-chief of, on their radio show – peeking through William Wordsworth’s windows in England’s Lake District and more. (July 22, 2017 episode / 20:07).
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“A fun read whether for armchair travelers or actual literary pilgrims.” —Chicago Tribune

“A dream come true for reading enthusiasts who also travel.” —Denver Post

“Globe-trotters and armchair bibliophiles will also discover lots of reading suggestions, interesting facts and bits of little-known literary gossip.” —Tampa Tribune

“Armchair travelers, rejoice…. Whether you want to follow Kafka around Prague or Hemingway around Key West, if you love books, you’ll love this book. Happy trails.” —Chattanooga Pulse

“A book after my own heart. Bibliophiles will enjoy dipping into [it] again and again.” —Don George, The Way of Wanderlust,

“Like a pair of food critics writing about their favorite restaurants, Schmidt and Rendon are knowledgeable and informative, consistently conveying their enthusiasm for this unique project…. Novel Destinations is the type of book that can be opened to any page to reveal some entertaining or enlightening tidbit…Whether you’re actually planning a literary trip, or simply want to sit by the fireside contemplating that delightful possibility, this volume is guaranteed to provide many hours of pleasurable and rewarding reading.” —