Out in the World – Book Launch – May 7 – Atlantic Avenue Barnes & Noble

If you loved Mark Jason Williams’ delightful and viral New York Times Modern Love essay (and podcast) about his $100 bet with his mother about her not talking about his childhood cancer and him not talking about being gay, you will want to head over to the Atlantic Avenue Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, May 7 for the LAUNCH of  Out in the World, a queer-friendly travel guide for all, co-authored with Amy Scher. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.


Published by travel powerhouse NatGeo (that’s National Geographic, people, like the maps and globes!), OUT IN THE WORLD: An LGBTQIA+ (and Friends!) Travel Guide to More Than 100 Destinations Around the World is for all travelers who want to explore the best destinations around the world where you can find both fun times + welcoming vibes.

This is their first-ever LGBTQIA+ travel companion—and if you don’t find yourself in those letters, then how about in the letters BKLYN, because it is premiering here in our neighborhood. All the details are linked at Barnes & Noble’s event page.



I know Mark personally as a writer and pal and he is a funny and charming character. He is bursting with travel tips to share about his favorite haunts in our neighborhood plus hidden gems from around the country and world that you might not expect. Come and ask him for suggestions about your own voyages or get inspired to plan a new one.  Be sure to call and reserve a book or take your chances at the event. Either way, it’s exciting to get on out in this big world.

See you there on May 7!

More about Mark and Amy:

Mark Jason Williams is an award-winning playwright, essayist, and travel writer who has visited 47 countries across all seven continents. In addition to writing for National Geographic, his work is published in newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington PostHuffPostWiredClarinCourrier InternationalTime Out, the Globe and MailThrillistSalonOut magazine, and Good HousekeepingOut in the World is his first book. Mark lives in New York with his husband and their 15-year-old Yorkie.

Amy B. Scher is the best-selling author of four books translated into 20 languages. As a longtime travel writer, she writes about how exploring our own neighborhoods and destinations around the world helps us discover who we really are. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, CBS, New York Daily NewsGood Morning AmericaOprah DailyThrillist, and more. Amy lives with her wife in New York City.

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