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Mark Chesnut: Prepare for Departure

October 1 @ EST 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

– $20

At an early age, travel writer Mark Chesnut learned to dodge discomfort by jumping on the nearest plane, bus, or car. The tactic proved useful when his single mother made it clear there was no room for discussing his gay identity. Now, as 89-year-old Eunice Chesnut moves to a New York City nursing home to be near her son, Mark’s obsession with travel takes a backseat as he embarks on the most emotional journey of all. Prepare for Departure, a book of creative nonfiction, showcases what happens when a permissive mother and a misfit son face death while revisiting life. Buckle your seatbelts for a witty, touching and darkly humorous trip – through time, loss, forgiveness and acceptance.

“Mark was born with a traveler’s eye, one that sees below the surface, and a writer’s voice, to share what he sees in ways that enlighten others.” — Arnie Weissmann, editor in chief, Travel Weekly

Mark Chesnut is a New York City-based journalist, editor, and public speaker with more than 20 years of experience. The 2019 winner of the NLGJA Excellence in Travel Writing Award, Chesnut has written for Fodor’s, Forbes Travel Guide, HuffPost, the Miami Herald, Travel + Leisure Mexico, the New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places To See Before You Die and the inflight magazines of Aeromexico, American Airlines, and Avianca. He writes about Latin America in his travel blog, LatinFlyer.com, and contributes regularly to travel industry media outlets, including Travel Weekly, TravelAge West, TravelPulse, Successful Meetings and Meetings & Conventions Magazine. The author of The Gay Vacation Guide, he also speaks at a variety of travel industry and publishing events. Prepare for Departure is his first creative nonfiction book.


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October 1
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
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